Advantages Walk in Restaurant, quick easy meal
Disadvantages Can get busy, lactose intolerant people will have to be careful
We used to quite often go to the Harp Hotel in Edinburgh where they had a carvery meal for £6.45 with a starter. Then we heard that it was closing down for refurbishment. A few months later it re-opened as a Toby Carvery and Innkeepers Lodge.The Restaurant only has one entrance. This is brightly lit and leads you in to a bright Vestibule area. You go through another door and this takes you into the Bar. The bar itself is open plan with a quite a few tables where you can get bar snacks or just have a drink. A member of staff usually greets you here and seats you. At busy times a waiting list is operated. This usually happens on Sunday's. Your name and party size is taken and then you sit in the bar and wait until a table becomes available. They are normally able to tell you how long this will take.
The Restaurant itself is quite large. It has various tables to accommodate all party sizes from 2 people up to about 8 people. These can be tables or in some instances there are booths which are very comfortable and are very private these are used for about 5-6 persons.As you go in the Restaurant, on the left hand side is a large severy area. You queue at one end where a chef will carve you your chosen meats which can be just one meat or a little of each if you fancy that. The meats are usually Turkey, Beef or Ham. These are large joints of beef which are carved in front of you. Most chefs are happy for you to tell them how much or how little meat you wish them to carve. You don't have to just choose meat. There is usually a choice of Salmon Wellington, Pasta, Chicken and Bacon parcels and various other things. The pasta always looks dried up though under the hot lights. I do feel that it would be better for it to be made fresh. You can also choose to have a sandwich or baguette, with 1 meat inside it instead of the carvery.
You then move on where you can get large Yorkshire puddings and stuffing. You then self service yourself for the Vegetables and the potatoes. There is usually about 6 choices of vegetables. These can be, Broccoli, Cauliflower cheese, peas, carrots, roasted parsnips, turnips, cabbage, and even onions. There is usually 2 choices of potatoes 1 being roasted ones and the other being either mashed or boiled.My only complaint about the self service part is sometimes the veg and potatoes can be lying there for a long time. They are always a hot temperature, but sometimes it can look dried up and not very appealing. We find that if you go at busy times because there is a high turnover the veg and potatoes, fresh ones are produced a lot quicker making everything look a lot more appealing.
A lot of people also don't know that you have to go past the kitchen doors and you come to a very small bar which contains different gravy's, and the sauces which you would have with a traditional roast dinner such as cranberry sauce or bread sauce and often apple sauce too. I love to put gravy on my meal but my only concern is the lack of space to put you plate on safely without dropping all your scrummy food on the floor.
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