“ The Square, Dunchurch, CV22 6NU, Tel: 01788 811748 „
The Huntsman's Carvery restaurant is situated in the pretty village of Dunchurch, on the outskirts of Rugby Warwickshire, it is a beautiful restaurant that has a fantastic reputation amongst the people of Rugby, and Dunchurch is such a lovely historic village that the people of Rugby love to go, there are many little shops and businesses but I think its mostly famous for the Huntsman.
It opened about 25 years ago by its owner, Adrian and it has gone from strength to strength.
Its quite a small restaurant although much bigger now then it was when I used to go there with my parents when I was little as about 15 ish years ago I think they renovated it slightly to incorporate a bigger reception and bar area etc, they also got a local artist to design a stained glass window, which on all there leaflets and website etc it always tells you to look out for the fox.....good game for the kids..hehe!!
The restaurant has a really cosy family feeling, with a sort of old worldly feel. The smell that floats up your nostrils when you arrive is one of my favourite smells in the world, the smell of roast beef and gravy is just intoxicating.
I would always recommend to book, as although I never feel crowded or rushed when we go there, they always seemed to be fully booked especially as you can imagine on Sunday lunchtime.
The service you receive is fantastic, the staffs are very warm and friendly and really make you feel at home, and there is nothing that is ever too much trouble for them, they are always very polite and immaculatly dressed and presented.
The cost of a three course meal (starter, main and dessert) is around 20 pound through the week and then 18.95 on a Sunday, children's meals dependant on age, range from 5-10 pound, but they give you price upon your booking. I know this may sound a lot to some familes, hence the reason i must admit we only eat there for special occasions or when we have a bit of disposable income, but its worth every single penny, as you get exactly what you pay for.
The food is amazing, and is all homemade and steaming hot, and the way the food is presented and prepared aain is amazing.
They basically fill your whole plate with meat, and then you tend to have to dig through your mountain of food before you get to the meat, haha! You will never ever leave the Huntsman hungry that is a guarentee, i just there was a way of me leaving there without having to be almost rolled out..lol.
I tend to go for the soup, its always homemade and served with rustic breads, my favourite is the pumpkin soup they do around halloween. I then go for the beef for my main course, which melts in your mouth. dessert wise, i tend to swap and change but my all time favorite one i have had is their apple pie which is gorgeous, the pastry melts, the apples are so juicy and then served with a scoop of their homemade icecream, well all i can say is its nearly as good as sex. (dependant on your spouces performance i would imagine...lol)
I think they are most famous for their Yorkshire puddings and gorgeous grav, which is the best I think I have ever tasted and people always tend to comment on the yorkies and gravy when they visit the restaurant.
Now my hubby tends to go for their Texas chilli for starters, but I find that a bit too filling for a starter, but he seems to shovel it all away ok. he says that its really nice, and although very filling he said its a nice change from the usuals of soup, melon, pate etc.
he then like me goes for the beef and he is not much of a dessert person, so he will either skip this straight for coffee or sometimes they have a cheese board, which he will take advantage of.
They make their own ice-cream also, and give you a choice of the following sauces;
Strawberry, raspberry, mint, lime, toffee, chocolate, butterscotch and coffee and they have load of various toppings like nuts etc. The icecream is so creamy, although i dread to think how many calories it contains.
Then they have a selection of cakes and gateaux's etc, but just depends on what's on sale on the night, they always have a great selection though, really not good for me and my waistline!!
We tend to go for the house wine whenever we go, or there freshly squeezed orange juice which is lovely, although they do a wide selection of wines, beers etc for sale.
Coffee is not included in the price of the meal, but I love there iced lattes, while my hubby loves their liqueur coffees.
The restaurant if fully air conditioned, has disabled access also, which helps myself and my family, especially as my grandfather and mother needs easier access to restaurants as they can not walk to far.
The air conditioning is a god send in the summer months, as being a cavery it does get very hot, so atleast with the air conditioning it does not make your dining uncomfatable as it can do at other carveries i have visited.
Overall it's a fantastic family restaurant, which has the reputation it does because everything about this restaurant down to the location, food, service, premises is all quality.
Well worth trying out, it's fantastic.
Situated in the centre of historic Dunchurch, the Huntsman is renowned for its traditional English carvery.