I’d never been to a Toby Carvery so when the opportunity arose, I was only too happy to take the family along to visit my local Toby Carvery in Kenton, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
The Carvery sits just off the Kenton bar roundabout and onto Ponteland Road. Both the Travelodge and Notovotel hotels are a very short distance from the eatery so if you’re staying at either hotel, you can literally just eat and go to bed!
The restaurant is part of a chain with locations all over the UK and so (like McDonald’s) the restaurant’s aesthetic is uniform so as to allow a sense of familiarity and comfort no matter which location you go to.
Inside, the place feels warm and inviting. My family and I were fast approached by a waitress who greeted us in a very friendly tone. She escorted us to our table and explained how the restaurant worked.
As she left with our drinks order, I took the opportunity to look around and noticed how the soft quiet hubbub around us.
The restaurant is known for being ‘the home of the roast’ but does do more than roasts. They make sandwiches consisting of roasts meats for those that find a big roast a bit too filling for them.
Don’t want meat on your plate? That’s fine too! You can choose from the vegetarian and vegan menu and with options such as the Bacon and Brie parcel, something’s is sure to tickle your tastebuds!
The drinks menu offers the usual soft drinks and you have the option to make your drinks refillable.
You are then shown to a refillable drinks machine and the good thing about that is that you can then come and go as you please as well as try different drinks combinations, something that my children did with glee!
In terms of beer, the Carvery has quite a selection. They’ve got bottled beer from various brands and even serve gluten- free beer!
I headed straight to the cocktail menu and saw that they make make well-known cocktails such as the Mojito.
If none of the above mentioned options will quench your thirst then Cider, wine and various hot drinks are available.
This is where things started to become really interesting.
We ordered several starters from their ‘Tasters’ menu; the chicken wings, the Spicy Southern-fried chicken strips and the garlic ciabatta bread.
Both the chicken wings and the strips were nice but the garlic bread was lauded by everyone at the table. Both bread and cheese were soft, warm and with the right amount of garlic butter.
The showstopper though, was the Nachos in a Yorkie!
Yes, you read right, Nachos with melted cheese, pulled pork, salsa and guacamole and tortilla chips served in a huge Yorkshire pudding. It was so huge that it would have been enough as a main meal.
I don’t know how they made that Yorkshire pudding but I need to know the secret so I can impress the family at home!
What was it like? You’d think that such a combination wouldn’t work but it actually did. If you’ve ever had a Yorkshire pudding then you’ll know that they are essentially tasteless on their own and need an accompaniment to bring it to life. The Yorkshire was crispy and held everything together.
Bothe the salsa and the guacamole were lightly seasoned and the pork pieces were quite chunky and hearty.
Would I recommend it? Yes! Can you say you’ve lived if you haven’t tried such a crazy combo?
After the starters, Daddy and I joined the queue at the servery to choose our meals. We basically grabbed a plate and when asked by the server, requested what meat we wanted on our plates. The meat was carved right in front us and we had a choice of either rib of beef, chicken, turkey or Gammon. You could even pay extra for extra meats which we did.
Right after having our meats carved, we were able to choose our ‘sides’ which consisted of so many options that I didn’t know where to start. You could choose from:
- Creamed spinach
- potatoes roasted with beef dripping,
- normal roasted potatoes
- Cauliflower Cheese
- Macaroni cheese
- Potato gratin
- Steamed veg
- Mashed potatoes
- Red Cabbage with cranberry sauce
I put practically everything on my plate and went for both gammon and rib of beef as my meats.
I then headed over to the condiments section where you had the usual suspects such as Horseradish sauce, mustard etc.
Did I finish my meal? Almost and I was absolutely full! I was so full that I couldn’t even order dessert and shared some of it with my daughter.
As mentioned above, almost everyone was stuffed apart from David, my son, and Alex. I decided to share an ice cream sundae with her. We went for the Cookie Dough Sundae which consisted of ice cream, chocolate cookie pieces, Belgian chocolate sauce and a wafer.
David went for the Chocolate fudge cake with cream on the side. I personally would have gone for ice cream but the cake was actually nice enough to be eaten on its own. The sponge was soft and moist and the icing around it wasn’t too sweet, something that I find some cakes to be.
Yes, is the answer. I’m always on the look-out for places that offer good value for money when out with the kids and this is a place that I will be coming to time and time again.
I also don’t have to be slave in the kitchen on Sundays either. Get the kids, drive for ten minutes to Toby and I’m chomping on my roast within 15 minutes. What’s not to like?
Have you been to Toby Carvery? How did you find it?
*This post was Sponsored but the opinions and tastebuds are my own.