Carvery in Stoke-on-Trent where diners stack plates as a ‘make your own volcano project’

Reviews of Brindley Farm’s Sunday Roast are generally rave reviews. A check of its TripAdvisor ratings presents you with words like “delicious” and “awesome.”

And the carvery, on Shelton Boulevard in Etruria, is number five for Quick Bites in Stoke-on-Trent according to the same website. So it must be good right?

Diners are usually particularly impressed with the ‘Golden Years’ menu, which, at around £7.50 for main course and dessert, is unmissable. And the service is generally singled out for its praise.

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So what did we think? My first impression here was good – I was quickly shown to a table by my friendly server, Libby, who returned at the end of the meal to ask how the food was.

The whole place seemed clean to me – the area where I got the meat was spotless. The restaurant was quite busy for a Wednesday lunchtime, but that was mainly due to older clientele taking advantage of the deals on offer.

A Brindley Farm rotisserie

Although I went for a rotisserie, the menu is huge and extensive. There’s rightfully something for everyone – from grills and pub classics, to shares, salads, grazers, pies, seafood, steaks and sandwiches.

The drinks menu is huge too, but being the exciting person that I am, I went for a diet coke. A standard carvery on weekdays will cost you £7.49 and £9.99 on weekends and bank holidays.

It will also cost you 1,436 calories. But let’s not dwell too much on that.

I declined the pigs in blankets – but opted for a Yorkshire pudding and for the meat I chose the turkey. There was a large selection of fresh vegetables – carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mash, roast potatoes and cauliflower cheese, as well as stuffing, gravy and a large selection of sauces.

I’m pretty hard to impress when it comes to cut meat, because it’s probably never going to be my favorite dish. However, this one exceeded my expectations.

The turkey was hot, soft and tender with no bits of fat. The vegetables were fresh and crisp, as was the Yorkshire pudding.

The sauce wasn’t too thick or salty, a problem I tend to have with ground meats. Although an old man who was also getting his rotisserie at the same time complained to me at length about the lack of onions in the sauce, but each to his own taste.

This cutout was a solid 8/10. Also, the old man clearly didn’t care too much about his lack of onions, as I later saw him in front of me with a stacked plate – literally like a do-it-yourself volcano project.

I gave up on dessert. But if I had chosen to participate, I would not have been short of choices.

There was an absolutely full cupboard of about eight different kinds of cakes, and they all looked outstanding. Next to it was a cupboard full of fresh ice cream, with just about every flavor imaginable.

Brindley Farm also has a huge breakfast menu, which lasts until noon. If you have young children there is also a play area to keep them busy.

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