We decided to re visit "The Toby Carvery" in Chester after previously having a bad experience a year or so ago, where all the vegetables were dry, gravy was a poor excuse and the meat had been sitting for a long time. On arrival we were shown to a table, and was told our waitress will be along soon. After waiting nearly 10 minutes she arrived and took and drinks order and asked if we were going to have the carvery, (as a suggestion perhaps it might be better that the person who shows you to the table takes the drinks order as the menu is limited so you don't really need time to choose). Once the drinks order was taken we went directly to the carvery. The queue was average with a waiting time for about 10 minutes.The selection of meats on offer were Pork, Beef, Gammon & Turkey. On arrival at the front of the queue the gave an option to go "King Size" for an extra £1.50, giving you more meat, two chipolata sausages, and an extra Yorkshire pudding. I requested a selection of all meats, which the server game me two slices of each, seeing that the turkey crown still had the wings on, i asked cheekily if i could also have one of the wings, which he obliged. The selection of vegetables consisted of cabbage, carrots, mash potato, green beans, peas, stuffing & roast potatoes. At the end of the of the counter there are three large pots of gravy, and selection of condiments & sauces and a pot containing pork crackling. One nice advantage going King Size, is the plate is considerably larger than the standard size, which means you don't need to pile everything to get it on your plate, but rather just fill you plate in portions (also you can have lot of gravy without it spilling over the edges). The quality of the meats was very good, especially the gammon & pork where it just melted in your mouth, the beef was a little bit on the fatty side (but i suppose that;s the luck of the draw when having such a large joint), the turkey was also good (the wing was better though). Overall the vegetables were good, and with a great selection, however the big let down was the roast potatoes where the varied considerably in quality, some were hard, some were burnt, some were squashed, so good job there was lots of gravy. The Yorkshire puddings were average, although they are cooked on the premisses i am not sure if the actual batter is made from fresh ingredients (suspect powder), as there was very little taste to them, so again good job there was lots of gravy.
Good value for money with a standard roast being £5.99 and for an additional £1.50 upgrade to a King Size, sticks to what it says "home of the roast" however the let down was the roast potatoes, rating would have been higher if they were better. Would recommend and go back again (perhaps the roast potatoes might be better then)
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