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Today we visited a Crown carvery and enjoyed yet another decent lunch at a very affordable price. The Hole In the Wall near Underwood, Nottingham is a pub come restaurant that is always fairly busy. There is no need to book in advance, just turn up on spec. Usually you will manage to find a table free but should you have to wait then there is a comfortable bar in which you can sit and wait. The building itself is smart, clean and tidy. This Crown carvery has plenty of covers, it is well staffed and the staff are well dressed and courteous.
The Crown carvery offers one course for just £3.69p. That one course comprises of the meat, which can include beef, pork, turkey or gammon, roast potatoes, new minted potatoes, a host of assorted vegetables, a Yorkshire pudding and a stuffing ball. The area where the food is served is spotlessly clean and efficiently run. When you order and pay for your meals at the bar you are issued with a ticket that you hand over to the `carver` of the day. He then asks you which meat you would like and then you move swiftly on to help yourself to the good selection of vegetables. Today the selection of vegetables included cauliflower cheese, peas, diced swede, carrots and string beans. The roast potatoes were nicely browned and the new minted potatoes were glistening with butter.
When helping yourself to vegetables at the Crown carvery you are at the helm. If you feel that you can do justice to a large helping of all then feel free to do so. If you have a small appetite then you only take what you can eat. All of the vegetables were well cooked and well presented. After filling your plate you then move along slightly to where the gravy stands keeping hot and help yourself. All of the necessary sauces are available too. Once your plate is filled with the meat and vegetables the selection looks good, a colourful plateful of food always looks inviting.
The table at the Crown carvery is yours for as long as you wish. No member of staff hovers over you. You are left alone to enjoy your meal and conversation. The staff are always on the floor and can be hailed easily if needed. The tables are scrupulously clean and well presented. If I had one issue it would only be that the cutlery is housed in one large pot that sits in the centre of the table. I feel that is one area that could be bettered. On the other hand the cutlery is fresh and sparkling.
The food at the Crown carvery is very hot when it is served, the plates are warmed so the food stays as warm as it possibly can as you linger over your meal. The tables are well spaced so no diners are sitting on top of each other. If you require another drink whilst you are enjoying your meal then one of the waiting staff will get it for you. The drinks at the carvery are extremely well priced.
We took advantage of the Crown carvery Winter deal. This deal offers two courses for £4.99p. After enjoying our main course we then had to order our dessert. It appears that this meal deal comes with a choice of five desserts which include chocolate log. Lemon tart, treacle pudding, ice cream and one other that escapes me. I chose the lemon tart which was served with cream. In fairness the waiter told me that the cream was `squirty` but this delicious zesty lemon tart does merit a splash of real cream! My better half loves jam roly poly and custard, this was not included in the five desserts but after paying £1 extra he was able to enjoy his jammy pud. My friend chose the ice cream. The waiter brought along a sparkly sundae glass and a spoon and informed her that she had to help herself from the ice cream machine in the corner! How we laughed! She is nearly eighty and is not up to speed with modern technology. I went over to the ice cream machine, placed her sundae glass under the nozzle, pulled the lever and filled the glass with the rich soft Cornish ice cream. To top the lot the sweet ice cream was then covered in lots of strawberry sauce and she duly declared it was delightful.
Apparently Crown carvery mean you to enjoy this ice cream and you can go back for `seconds` if you wish. But one large glass dish was plenty. The meal was much appreciated and for what it cost it was exceptionally good value. With three drinks ( one cola, one soda water and one pint of Carling ) the bill came to just over £20.
It was especially good to see all that people from all age groups were enjoying their meal. Crown carvery have made a good effort to cater for everyone. There are high chairs and they looked very clean. In the warmer weather you could eat outside if you wished. The car park is large and it can get a little congested but they have done the best with the space they have. The toilets are clean and welcoming and they smell pleasant.
Crown carvery have a comprehensive website where you can find your nearest restaurant. The carvery menu is on the website as is the snack menu, The website also shows the children's menu and the complete drinks list. A visit to a Crown carvery cannot be described as fine dining but it does offer fantastic value. We thoroughly enjoyed what we ate and no doubt we will go back again soon.