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When it comes to dining out I wouldn't personally choose a carvery/buffet, but if needs must then the Trafford Room in Manchester's Holiday Inn is probably amongst the best you will find. I was there last weekend to celebrate a family birthday and with ages in our party ranging from 12 to 75, there was something to suit everyone.
You can start with soup but to be honest the cold selection of starters was excellent so I would leave the former alone. For meat eaters there was ham, salami, pate's and chicken mousse.Fish starters included smoked salmon, prawns, salmon mousse and dressed crab. There was also a good range of salads, pasta salads and melon dishes.
Main courses however were more typical and unexciting. The usual cuts of meat plus a turkey casserole and only one choice of fish which was baked salmon. For vegetarians it was a vegetable hotpot or nothing. The vegetables were run of the mill.
I don't normally make a point of puddings because I never have enough room but the sweet display was incredible. I heard people queuing for their main courses saying that they had to leave room for the Italian trifle or the very rich chocolate torte. Puddings that went down well on our table included a very potent sherry trifle, a brandy basket served with exotic fruits and my choice which was a pastry case filled with fresh vanilla, passion fruit, strawberries and kiwi fruit. This was very light and delicious.
None of us managed the assortment of English and French cheeses which were included in the price, but settled for coffee and after dinner mints.
If you like plain food then you will find this excellent value especially as you can return to each course as many times as your stomach will allow. It is ideal for large parties as there is something to suit most palates. The vetetarian range however was disappointing and unimaginative, so for vegetarians I would say steer clear because at £2
1.50 per head it is quite a raw deal.