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Member Name: pinkprincess24
Advantages: cheap, loads of variety
Disadvantages: always busy
I first heard about Taybarns from my best friend who had been to one in Newcastle. She was raving about it, so I decided to visit my nearest Taybarns (which happens to be not so near...in Coventry)
The prices are cheap, £5.99 for adults on a weekday before 6pm and £7.99 after 6pm, and £8.99 on weekends any time. Children under 12 are £3.99 although my daughter usually is free as she's only 2. There are 8 Taybarns restaurants around the country with plans to open more. So far there is one in Coventry, Barnsley, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, South Shields, Swansea and Wigan.
Taybarns is a huge restaurant and reasonably family-friendly although I didn't find the baby change when we went, and now that my daughter is potty trained, the ladies toilets are difficult to use as the cubicles are small and the sinks are high. But other than that, they provide the usual highchairs and crayon/colouring activity. There are disabled toilets and parking, and plenty of other parking too.
You pay for your meal and drinks upon entry and then can either wait in the small bar or just in the queue. We've had to queue every time we've been, at various times of day. There are loads of tables though, it's a huge place. Soft drinks are free refills (as many as you like) and reasonable price. There are beers and wines etc. which are average price.
The food itself is brilliant. It is laid out on a really long table and you help yourself to as much as you want. Plates, cutlery and napkins are near to the entrance and regularly topped up, although occasionally dirty which is something I notice almost everywhere these days. There are a wide selection of soups and salads and bread to start which are fresh and good quality.
My concern with Taybarns was that it would be like so many other buffets where it is cheap food of poor quality - but this is not the case. All of the food is good quality, fresh and tasty.
One thing to note is that if you go during the day there are less options (presumably as you pay less)
There are a variety of foods:
Chip Shop - good quality chips, saveloys, mushy peas, battered fish, jacket potatoes, bread, corn cobs, fishcakes, chicken, curry sauce
Grill - Beef burgers, cobs, sausages, chicken breast, BBQ pork ribs, fried onions, hot dog rolls, mushrooms
Italian - variety of pizza, lasagne, variety of pastas, garlic bread, cheese, potato wedges
Spice - Chicken Jalfrezi, Chicken Tikka Masala, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Vegetables in Black Bean Sauce
Boiled Rice, Naan Bread, Prawn Crackers
Carvery - roast turkey carved by chef, gammon, roast potatoes, yorkshire pudding, stuffing, gravy, liver & onions, veg, beef & kidney pie
Desserts - apple crumble, hot fudge sauce, cheesecake, profiteroles, ice cream, cream, custard and various sponges
All the food is good quality and tastes good, the desserts are a good size, and you can eat as much as you want!
The best thing is that you get such a variety, rather than just one type of food, and there is so much of each type of food it's unreal. I'm always stuffed when I leave! It is good value too, as the average carvery is around £4, but you can have as much as you want, plus loads of other stuff, for a few pounds more!
Coventry's restaurant is clean and usually busy, but well worth a try!
Summary: well worth a try