January in three words; cold, miserable, bleak. What better way to cheer yourself up in the most miserable month of the year than a traditional, hearty and very tasty meal (cooked by someone other than you!)?
Crown Carveries offer up a choice of three freshly cooked meats – gammon, beef and turkey – plus pub classics such as shepherd’s pie and sausages plus unlimited vegetables and potatoes every day of the week! We were invited along to our local Crown Carvery pub, The Hole in the Wall Crown Carveries, to sample the winter menu.
I have to say the menu choice isn’t extensive or particularly creative but with me being indecisive that may be a good thing. All the pub classics are there however, such as fish and chips and gammon and eggs as well as lighter snacks and sandwiches. There are also vegetarian options though we didn’t try these such as macaroni cheese and broccoli and Brie bake.
For starters we had the sharing platter of sticky chicken wings, garlic bread, breaded mushrooms, onion rings and chicken strips. This is served with a BBQ dip and was really rather delicious. We also shared the garlic bread topped with cheese and (new one for me) gammon and cheese which was really yummy! The boys also shared a tomato and basil soup which got the thumbs up!
Carvery is really what is done best at Crown Carveries. We had the half roast chicken which was succulent and tasty, the balti pie (another hit) and the traditional carvery.
The carvery comes in three sizes – kids, standard and large. The large costs £1.50 extra and you get an huge Yorkshire pudding as well as a sausage on top of meat and unlimited vegetables.
It was all cooked really well and the vegetable choices good and included carrots, swede, cauliflower cheese, peas, mushy peas, baked beans as well as roast and mashed potatoes.
Children in high chairs are able to eat from their parents plate (extra bowls are available) which I think is really good as you don’t want to pay for a meal for a one year old when most of it will end up on the floor!
Even though we were stuffed the boys managed to find room for dessert. Ice cream is unlimited and served from a machine which Nosh loved! This was topped off with mint Aero – every child’s dream! Ethan chose the Rocky Road Sundae and the adults shared Treacle Sponge. Where did we find the room?!
We were all very full after this feast and needless to say didn’t need anything else to eat that day! It was a lovely treat and brightened up a dull January afternoon. The price is very affordable at less than £5 for an adults standard meal and the food tasty, filling and satisfying. It is also a great way to spend some family time together.
You can find your local crown carvery here.
How have you survived January? What cheers you up on a dreary day?