Perhaps it's the food snob in me but I'm not generally a fan of carverys and tend to steer clear of them. So when my wife announced that we were going to one for her mum's birthday (back in June) I wasn't exactly jumping with joy.
However, I was really impressed with the Toby at Stonebridge for many reasons. Firstly, because I like decent beers I always dread the sort of places that generally tend to serve the dreaded creamflow bitter, but to my surprise they had a very good pint of Pedigree.
The whole place seemed nice and clean and the restaurant area had quite a pleasant feel to it. The waiting staff in the restaurant area were very friendly and helpful - especially the girl who welcomed us through and looked after us.
Eight of us sat at a table close to the food servery and all really enjoyed our meals. My choice of turkey was really nicely cooked and perhaps I was lucky that they brought out a fresh one just as I was going up to be served. The vegetables were perfectly acceptable and, let's face it, roast potatoes anywhere will never be as good as your mum's!
All in all, a surprisingly enjoyable experience. Perhaps eating on a weekday evening helped as I don't think I'd fancy a busy Sunday but I'd go again without too much arm twisting. Well done to Toby Stonebridge for changing my views of the carvery experience!
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