I recently went into The Cartwheel for a Sunday carvery with my family of 4. On entering the bar area we were greeted by a young woman with a beaming smile and were pleasantly asked our booking name and confirmed we were having three courses. she then took our drinks order and we had a 5-10minute wait before being shown to our table. I had a tomato soup for starters which came in a big bowl with warm bread. I would go as far as saying this soup was better than heinz and as previous comments suggest it is out of a tin, I'm sorry i could not disagree more!! my mum also had the soup and had no complaints. We each had the carvery for mains and were given large amounts of meat (usually when i go to restaurants i am given small portions of meat as im a small built woman, but i love meat so being given lots was nothing for me to complain about!) I chose the gammon and beef. the gammon is the best I have ever tasted! I am not normally a huge fan of beef but again, i loved it! vegetables were then brought to our table in hot turrines: a choice of carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, roast and boiled potatoes. the veg was plentiful though we did ask for more roasties which the waitress was happy to get us. Gravy with added meat juice was a lovely touch and made the meal that more tasty! (from the carvery you can get yorkies - although not homemade but the chefs are only human: surely they dont have enough hours in the day to make EVERYTHING homemade! - stuffing which was lovely and mustard mash. Now, i'm a fussy eater and wasnt keen on the idea of mustard mash but never-the-less i gave it a whirl and it makes mash that bit less boring!!
Our table was shortly cleared after we finished, however this took a couple of waitresses: i'm guessing they've not worked there that long? we were then asked for our dessert choices. My sister chose the chocolate fudge cake, warm with ice-cream which kept her quiet! my mum opted for the carrot cake which she soon demolished, and myself and my dad had the eton mess which was gorgeous!
Overall I am very pleased with our visit to the cartwheel and we will be returning again. the only negative points i would pick up on are the cost. But for gorgeous meat, a friendly environment in a nice village, i would happily pay once in a while. maybe bring the prices down to entice more customers? Some of the waitresses were obviously inexperienced, but the more experienced amongst the team were very helpful, welcoming and friendly.
Many thanks for a pleasant, enjoyable meal! See you again soon! :)
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