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If you like bland and tasteless you will love this!!!!!!!
Member Name: garymarsh6
Advantages: Fast service. Good coffee!
Disadvantages: Taking Al dente to the extreme!!!!!!!!
Toby Carvery. Gravesend.
My daughter and son in law asked us to go out for dinner one evening just before Christmas as I was not going to be around over the Christmas period. As a new restaurant had opened near them that they said they would like to try it out. We did not have to book apparently and were told to just turn up.
We arranged to meet at 19:30 with absolutely nasty raining weather beating down so we did not expect to find the restaurant as busy as it was. In fact it was packed to capacity.
We had been delayed and arrived shortly after 19:30 but my daughter, son in law and granddaughter were already sitting in a booth waiting for us to arrive. We joined them at the table immediately a waitress came and asked if we would like a drink. My wife and I ordered a drink and we were then handed the menus.
This was the first time that my wife and I had been to such a place and we were not sure of what we were expected to do. The waitress told us that if we were to have the Carvery then we just went up to the serving counter where one of the chefs would carve the meat and we would then have to help ourselves to the vegetables. I knew straight away that my wife would not eat any of the Carvery meat as so she picked salmon with a lemon and herb dressing from the menu and was told just to help herself to whatever vegetables she liked once her meal arrived.
Being newly built it is a very large building on a corner plot with a large well lit car park. Entering through the double doors we were greeted into the restaurant by a member of the waiting staff. Being brand new it was still in a very good condition. The toilets were very clean. There must have been seating for at least hundred diners. There was a bar to the right hand side. There were some nice tasty paintings on the walls obviously massed produced but they helped to create an ambiance to the restaurant.
I was quite impressed by the look of the building but my main criticism was the noise levels. It was incredibly noisy and felt akin to a school canteen. This is certainly not a place to have a quiet or romantic meal. If that is what you want then I suggest you go elsewhere.
We waited about 20 minutes for her salmon to arrive and she and my daughter went to get their vegetables and a small meal for my granddaughter. Once they had returned and my granddaughter was tucking into her dinner we went to the Carvery for ours.
The Carvery was manned by a guy in a chef's outfit he carves the meat according to whatever meat you wish to have. The meat being served was beef, gammon, pork and turkey you could choose either one type of meat or have a combination of all the meats or whichever meat takes your fancy. He was very adept at slicing the meat as it was practically transparent. He asked me if I wished to have a large meal which you could pay a little extra for. I told him no thanks but my daughter and son in law both chose to go extra-large. When I say extra-large their plate was like a salver it was absolutely and grossly massive.
I had a slice of beef and a slice of turkey and my daughter and her husband had a combination of all four.
Moving along the counter you are able to help yourself to any vegetable you want. There was cauliflower and cauliflower cheese, Broccoli, sprouts, peas, carrots, parsnips, roast and boiled potato and giant sized Yorkshire puddings. There was also gravy to the side and various accompaniments you could help yourself to including apple sauce, cranberry, sauce mint sauce although there was no lamb on the menu, there was also mustard and other condiments.
I had a couple of sprouts, carrots, cauliflower and some peas with roast potato and a Yorkshire pudding. The sprouts were very hard and I was only able to cut through about two layers before it was impossible to cut any deeper into it. The cauliflower was quite hard too and so were the carrots. I found the food lacking in taste of flavour and to be honest I thought it rather bland. It seems that the vegetables had not been seasoned at all in any way. It really was not that nice at all. Ok if you do not like to eat anything with no taste but for normal people it was seasoned totally inadequately.
The waitress kept popping back to see if we wished to order further drinks and then came back to take the order for desserts. The family all ordered desserts which were overly sweet. Apple crumble and custard which they all agreed was very nice but very very sweet. While they were tucking into this I was enjoying a large espresso coffee which was absolutely perfect and probably the only thing that I really enjoyed out of the whole meal.
All in all it was a cheap meal despite the fact that it was tasteless. I for one certainly won't be going back there in any kind of hurry and if I were to be taking people out for dinner it certainly would not be in a place like this. I guess it's a case of you pay for what you get. Mass produced food that was bland and tasteless with a little bit more thought the meal could really have been quite nice. My wife was also of the same opinion but the kids thought that it was good and will be going back! For four meals including drinks it only came to £52 which I thought was reasonable for the amount of food we had and how well we were looked after by the waitress.
I understand that the Toby carvery make various offers at different times of the month for example two for one etc and they are also open for breakfast from 09:00.
Summary: Its ok but certainly not special or anything you could really write home about. I would only rate it at 2 Stars to be honest.
Summary: Not my idea of a nice restaurant.