I have just eaten at the Willow Tree in Torquay.It is a good modern, well furnished pub with a good atmosphere. The carvery was excellent in price and quality. There was plenty of choice and the service was good. The cost was only £3.50 each - what value.I recommend it and we will be returning.
And, in 2008, it's still just as good! Price remains £3.50 Mon thru' Sat and even the Sunday Carvery is only £6.50. You'd think at that price they'd give you small plates, but not at all. The quality is reliably good and the staff always friendly and helpful.We just wonder why other places can't offer such a good deal!
After reading the only review on this web site I felt it my duty to update future hits. I have been visiting The Willow Tree for the last 18 months on a weekly basis. The newly refurburbished pub now runs as a Carvery and it is fantastic. The price is £3.50 for a full roast with a choice of 3 meats and plently of vegetables. (there's always gravey). You can get starters, side orders and desserts also. i have always found the staff very welcoming and the quality of the food is superb. The carvery is open all day until 9pm so whatever we are up to you know that there's always good food available. I recommend everyone to give it a try it's such good value I just can't fault it.
After a day out with our children (two boys, aged five and eight), neither my husband or I could be bothered to cook dinner, so we went to the Willow Tree in Torquay for a meal. It has a nice play area outside, which is lit up when it gets dark, and tables close to the door so that we could keep an eye on the kids. Everyone decided what they wanted, the kids chose from the childrens menu ( everything was something and chips) and my husband chose hunters chicken and chips. I didn't want chips, so chose steak and ale pie, potatoes and veg. My husband went to order, and it came to just over £200! The young man (and I mean young) had been in too much of a hurry, and had charged us for 66 sausage and chips! He erased the order, and tried again, this time he only put 3 sausage and chips on the order (we only wanted one!) Third time lucky, he got the order right. When the food arived, my pie and veg was dry, I asked the waitress for some gravy and she went away. When she came back she said that there was no gravy, they only had it on sunday for the roast dinners. I told her that I wasn't very pleased with that, and that surely they could make up some gravy, or had some sort of sauce. She went back to the kitchen and when she came back it was the same story. No gravy, no sauce, nothing. So I asked them to change the potatoes and veg for chips and beans. I only ate half of it before I passed it to my husband to finish. I didn't want pie and chips. If I had known that there wasn't going to be any gravy, I would have picked something else. Is it just me that has gravy on a meat pie, potatoes and vegetables meal? Even if it is, I think it is wrong that the chef was not prepared to make some for me. I doubt if there are many restaurant kitchens that do not have the makings for gravy in some form. Whatever happened to 'the customer is always right'? I didn't even get an apology. I have bee
n to this restaurant before, and the food was alright, but in this case, I wasn't very happy.