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Crown carveries - The jug & bottle holton-le-clay
Crown Carveries in General
Member Name: doriee
Crown Carveries in General
Advantages: budget tasty food
Disadvantages: bandit machines around the tables, far away
Location and History
The jug & bottle is a family based restaurant which is apart of Crown Carveries. It is located on Louth road in Holton-le-clay, Grimsby. If you live in Grimsby and not a surrounding village like myself this isn't very acessable unless you can drive or have someone to drive you there as it is quite far out. This is located right next to the Holton-le-clay sign so you can't miss it. The area where this is, is quite historic because across the road there's what some people might call waste land but it still has part of the old run way from the world war 2 where Lancasters used to land and there are still hangers there too although I think they have been converted into something else but they still look the same from outside. There's only a small part of the run way left and no one has really preserved it because there's lots of grass and weeds growing up through it. Of course it used to be bigger but they've built all the buildings and the big main roads across where it was. It isn't really a site seeing area as it's basically a fenced off bit of road but it's stiill quite cool that it's still there.
Parking, Layout and Decor
Parking has never been a problem when going to the Jug and bottle because there are more than enough car parking spaces and this goes around 2 sides of the building because this isn't like a normal restaurant where you will sit and chat have drinks and eat, this you just eat your food then don't usually stick around so it means people are coming and going constantly so it's easy to get a spot. The layout inside is quite simple as, as soon as you walk through the 2 sets of doors there is a table with pots of crayons and a large pile of colouring sheets, this is a great idea because we all know how bored kids get when they go to restaurants there is also a teddy grabbing arcade machine. Straight ahead is the bar this isn't very long but it's big enough. To your left when you first walk in is a step up to lots of tables and further down on the left is a fire exit some bandit machines and then more tables. To the right when you walk in there is a large step up area full of tables, and then next to the bar is where they serve the food, a little bit further right is another seperate step up of tables and near to that is the sance and gravy table. On this side is another fire exit and the toilets which are both clearly signed. The design and layout of this is very simple and everything is easy to locate, this is a barn type buiding and has high celings with visable beams. The floor is carpeted but has wood flooring around the bar and food serving area. All around the building are pictures in frames of old planes and black and white pictures of people and people from the war and now I know why - because of the history surrounding the building.
Customer service, Purchasing and Queuing
I've only ever been here in the week days and I try to go in the elast obvious time when most people go such as breakfast lunch and dinner time and when I have been there isn't a lot of visable staff on however when I arrived there was 2 ladies on the bar in clean black uniforms with visable name tags they looked very clean and presentable, when approaching the bar I was greated with a "hello what can I get you" which is always nice. I never saw any staff clearing away plates or cleaning tables and replenishing them so I can only guess that the ladies behind the bar were doing that as well. There was only 1 other staff member that I saw and that was the man who was serving the food. Purchasing you carvery is quite easy you just go up to the bar wait to be seen and request your carvery and whatever beverage you please, they will then print out your recipt which you will give to the cook for your meal. Queing up is one of the only bad points I've found with the Jug and bottle because there isn't a clear space to que by the food so people kind of guess where to stand but a que starts to form across the front of the bar, this makes it difficult for people actually trying to get to the bar and there is no que there ether you just stand there and hope to be served soon.
The menu and Drinks
There isn't a real need to look at the menu so they have signs and posters around the buiding stating how much it is for children, normal and kingsized and 2 alternatives to the normal carvery. The only menu on the table is a dessert menu and a drinks menu. Alternativly instead of having a normal carvery you can have a steak and ale pie slice instead of the traditional meat or you can have 3 large sausages instead. They also sell a breakfast in the morning too. They sell big name largers and cask ale along with your spirits such as flavoured vodka, whisky, brandy also cider, bottled beer, a big selection of wine and soft drink and they sell fair trade tea and coffee.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.. even on a Sunday.
The jug and bottle offer a different Breakfast meal made up of bacon, sausage, beans, scrambbled egg, fried egg, harsh browns and tomatoes. However you don't have to have this you can order a bacon bun or porridge instead. You can given the sausage and bacon but you help yourself to how much of the other things you want and all this will cost you only £2.99 or £1.99 for a chids breakfast. This is served 9am - 11am. Unfortunately I havent tried this because I can never get up in time and I don't usually eat breakfast.
The carvery is a traditional Sunday roast, but available every day, this consists of a choice of meat either chicken (turkey as well at christmas) beef or gamon. You get 3 slices of which meat you choose or you can have a bit of each, you then will get a yorkshire pudding and then your handed the plate to pick the rest yourself, you then can pick anything from the carrots, peas, cauliflower cheese, stuffing, mash and roast potatoes, You can have as much of these things as you like and you can go back for more too. This is served 11am - 9.30pm and this will cost you just £3.89 or £3.49 for children, you can upgrade this to kingsize for an extra £1.50. However this will cost you £6.99 on a Sunday.
Every time I go here the food has always been different, because it's not all frozon they cook it all properly themselves sometimes things can be a bit crispy and sometimes over cooked. The meat is always a large meaty joint which all always look delicious and juicy, I always go for the glazed gammon because I have chicken and beef often at home. The meat is always cooked just right and it's very juicy, it's always easy to cut and it just tears apart and there's next to no fatty parts in any that I've had. I don't like vegetabes but I will always get a few carrots which are seasoned with some herbs, these are really flavourful and are much better than the average frozen carrots. The mash is really fluffy and creamy it tastes like it's made with a lot of butter or margarine and it's really nice, the roasters will always vary between really big ones or lots of little ones and sometimes they're brown and soemtimes they look like someones forgotten to take them out of the oven, I love the small crispy(burnt) ones so I always dig deep with the tweezer forks to get the good looking ones.
I don't like sauce but they offer a wide range including mint sauce and cranberry sauce. Their gravey is the best I have ever tasted it is very thick and beefy but sometimes you can get too little or too much, I always seem to get too much and my food is swimming in it and over flowing off my plate - how embarrassing. All the food incluing the gravy is in those black pots which are thick and keep the food warm, whenever I have gone the food has always been piping hot which is a little ucomfortable but I would complain if it was cold.
Cleanliness, Offers and People it attracts
The jug and bottle is really clean, the floor is always hoovered and moped, the bar never has any spills on it and the tables and cleaned up swiftly, the food area does get a little messy but it is cleaned up when it isn't busy or when they have to replenish the food. The sauce area gets really messy becaus eof course your bring over ladel of gravy and it drips everywhere, it's impossible not to spill any but this doesn't get cleaned up as quickly. I have to say I have neevr been to the toilets in the jug and bottle so I cannot comment on them. The jug and bottle attracts all kind of people from large families with small children to friends or couples and there are a lot of elderly people that come here. There are always offers on - currently in half term children eat for free, you can buy a two course meal consisting of your carvery and a dessert for just £5.49 and 2 breakfasts for £5.
There are lots of advantages of coming to the jug and bottle, the food is so cheap and easy to get that you may as well, I can never be bothered to cook so I'd rather just go out there for really cheap. You can have unlimited vegetables which is great because it means you can get enough to fill you up because if it was a set amount you might still be hungry.
The biggest disadvantage is it's location, if you live in Grimsby it is quite far to go just to get a cheap meal which will probably cost you more in petrol. Another is the the knives are clearly just butter knives so if you do have a tough bit of meat or a crispy roaster it's really hard to cut through them. The last disadvantage to coming here is they have bandit machines located between two seating ares, in my opinion I don't want to sit there eating a meal while someone is getting angry at a machine because it took his pound and he never won.
Summary: yummy food!