Having a Night Off with Toby Carvery #ManicMumday

Toby Carvery invited us to our local restaurant so that Hubby and I could have a night off from the cooking – and washing up – and as we hadn’t been to a Toby Carvery since Little Man was a baby we thought it would be a great opportunity to go back.

If you haven’t been to a Toby Carvery, the basis is that you can have a roast dinner – with a choice of pork, gammon, turkey or beef – or a mixture – and then as much as you like of all the trimmings. You are even able to go up again for more vegetables and roast potatoes if you like!


Our local carvery was decked out for Christmas and it’s also been renovated since we last went. It was really welcoming and we couldn’t wait for our meal! Our waitress, Emma-Louise, was lovely and asked the children their names, chatted to them and brought them colouring packs whilst Hubby and I ordered drinks and looked at the menus.


We chose to have refillable soft drinks – which you can help yourself to. We also had starters of Pate and Peak and Oxford Blue Cheese Tart – both of which were lovely. The children shared some Honey and Mustard Chipolatas and before long it was time for the main carvery. Toby Carvery does have alternatives to the carvery option – you can have a meat free carvery or one of a range of dishes – both meat and vegetarian – on the main menu but for us a trip to the Toby Carvery wouldn’t be complete without a lovely roast dinner.




The carvery meat is fresh and carved in front of you. You also have the option of a yorkshire pudding added to the plate and then you’re free to get as much of the sides as you like. There was a great range of potatoes, mash, parsnips, stuffing, cauliflower cheese and other vegetables. There’s then a great choice of gravies and sauces.


The children have a smaller version of the adult carvery although younger children are able to share from their parent’s dinner if they don’t eat much. LP and Little Man love a roast dinner so they both had their own carvery and loved it!



For dessert Toby Carvery have a great range of both hot and cold puddings and the things I love about Toby Carvery is the whippy style ice cream. The children had ice cream sundaes with strawberry sauce which for them is the best pudding in the world.


Hubby chose the Mini Rolo Sundae and I had Treacle Sponge – both were really nice and a great way to finish off a lovely meal. By the end of our dinner the children were getting restless and tired but Emma-Louise was amazing with them – talking to them, telling them stories and really going above and beyond to make our visit as lovely as possible. Having a night off from cooking when you have small children can often be more stressful than staying at home but Emma-Louise took the stress out of our evening and for us she was a great part of our visit to Toby Carvery – a credit to the restaurant.



We loved our visit to Toby Carvery – it’s really great value, a nice atmosphere and really family friendly. If you’re visiting a Toby Carvery soon then take along this code to get a free ice cream sundae too!


Thanks to Toby Carvery for giving Hubby and I a night off. We really enjoyed it and will be visiting Toby Carvery again soon.


Disclosure: We were provided with the above meal to complete this review however all opinions are my own.

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