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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Gravesend, England: Dry The Pudding Was Dry, But These "Hacks" Offer A Decent Sunday Roast

Toby Carvery
Coldharbour Road
Gravesend DA11 8AB, United Kingdom
Phone number: +44 1474 535286
Prices: ££££

I had my doubts after reading the sole "2-Star" review on Yelp, but the place was packed whenever we drove by, so we made a reservation for a traditional English Sunday roast, but with a twist, this place is a buffet. They apparently fixed the problems they had when they first opened, not uncommon.
The place is new and tastefully furnished with a small bar and John Smiths, unfortunately, as their sole ale. We made a reservation for 6:45PM on a Sunday, being seated at 6:48PM, not bad. The service was friendly and efficient as it should be.

You can "Trade-Up to a King Size" at a cost of around £12 ($16.25), so the small ones must be £10.50 ($14.25) or so. I am guessing because I did not see the prices anywhere, not having looked at the menu (why order a starter at a buffet?) and because our friends treated us. The rule is (for any size plate) - one trip for meat and as many as you want for the sides dishes.

They start by literally tossing a Yorkshire pudding on the plate and the choice of meats included roast pork, turkey, ham and beef in that order. I assume you get "about" the same weight in meat no matter how many you choose, so I asked for the pork and beef. The serving size was adequate, not too much and not too little. The Yorkshire pudding was a bit too dry in the middle, consequence of making so many at once and leaving them sitting under a heat lamp for so long.

Then there were the choices of sides: rosemary roasted potatoes, stuffing, mashed potatoes (plain and with mustard seed), green beans, peas, some orange things I never heard of, scalloped potatoes, creamed cauliflower, brown gravy, and horseradish, mint and cranberry sauces. Beside the pudding, I had the roasted and mashed potatoes (I did not care for the mustard variety), some stuffing, scalloped potatoes and cauliflower with brown gravy on nearly everything and horseradish sauce on the beef.

"Brilliant" as the locals would say. The food was very good and a decent TravelValue for the price. Make sure you trade-up to the "large plate" for an extra €1.50 and extra meat, including a couple of sausages. Traditional Sunday roast buffet-style ... HOOAH!

The downside: 1) The parking lot is not big enough for the number of cars .... the place was packed; 2) Beer/ale selection was inadequate; and 3) the Yorkshire pudding was not fresh - too dry.

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Title: Gravesend, England: Dry The Pudding Was Dry, But These "Hacks" Offer A Decent Sunday Roast

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