Secret restaurant visits The Greyhound in Woodville to sample popular carvery
It has been a popular spot for restaurants and a cheeky pint for many years. The Greyhound evolved over time and provided ample parking.
He also created larger rooms so that customers could have a pint in his bar or eat in his separate dining room. The restaurant in Woodville became one of many favorites – it was obvious how crowded it was on a Saturday night.
So with that in mind, we decided to check it out for ourselves and sent in our secret restaurant review to give it a try. The undercover restaurant has reserved a table for seven people as part of a birthday party.
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Despite booking a week in advance, the party was only able to take place at 7:15 p.m. in the bar, rather than the dining room. Otherwise they should have eaten around 4pm if we wanted to eat in the dining room.
Here’s what our secret restaurant had to say
When arriving at The Greyhound, there are plenty of parking spaces in the back. Although it was very crowded, we easily found a place.
Upon arriving we entered the bar entrance rather than the dining room as we knew we had a table at the bar. The bar, although very large, was very busy which was normal for a Saturday night.
We eventually found our table, which was in the corner and near the dining room doors. There were already menus on the table for us and it was a quick decision on what we wanted.
Arrived at 7:15pm and the all important closing at 8pm, we had to order soon. As we were seated in the bar, we had a bar order, which was fine, and the friendly staff made sure all our meals were on the same table order, even though each of us paid separately.
How was the food?
I ordered the rotisserie which was nice to be able to order on a Saturday night if you felt like it. It is also offered throughout the week, not just on Sundays.
With the carvery you can go small or large and there is not much difference in price. The rotisserie is located in the dining room, so I walked through.
The dining room is very peaceful and well lit, despite the occupation of many tables. At the carvery station I was given a wide choice of meats, despite the late hour – I chose beef and turkey, plus a ball of stuffing and a Yorkshire pud.
I also opted for most vegetable choices, giving me a good helping of lovely roasted potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, red cabbage, parsnips, mashed potatoes and carrots. I covered it with sauce and mint sauce.
Despite the fact that the meat would have closed about 20 minutes later, everything was cooked to perfection, hot and succulent. I would have thought that some of the foods might be a little dry, but they weren’t.
I also ordered a large glass of Pinot Grigio – and maybe another a bit later. Both were ordered at the bar.
It would be rude not to end my rotisserie with dessert. There were lots of choices and it took a while to decide, but I finally settled on a sticky caramel pudding.
Accompanying my hot pudding, I could choose between a custard or a vanilla ice cream from Madagascar. I went for some custard.
They didn’t skimp on the butterscotch sauce, which ran all over the pudding. The custard arrived in its own pitcher. It was as soft and flavorful as it looked.
On the menu, The Greyhound also offers wood-fired pizzas, burgers and classic pub fare.
How was the the interior and the atmosphere of the café?
The Greyhound has a modern interior, but with comfortable chairs, which is always a bonus. The bar and dining areas are very different and it depends on what kind of night you want and where you choose to have your meal.
The dining room is very light and airy, with a more traditional restaurant feel. The bar is more for drinking and socializing.
It has a darker, more modern feel. As for the tables, they were well distributed and uncrowded, seating four people for the most part.
Would I go there again?
One hundred percent. The carvery is fantastic and was well prepared with lots of options to choose from. The pub looks very well maintained and clean and is a great way to socialize with friends or family.
Great Pinot Grigio: £4.95 X2
Standard Rotisserie (Friday evenings, weekends and bank holidays) £9.95
Sticky Caramel Pudding: £5.50
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