Monday, 10 February 2014

Roast Carvery at The Crown, Playhatch 09/02/2014

Next up in the very occasional series of Roast Dinners in Reading, was a trip to The Crown in Playhatch, just slightly out of town.

The building itself was rather pleasing on the eye but would the roast be pleasing to the taste buds?

It is a carvery that they do, and the choice of meat on offer was beef, lamb, pork, turkey and gammon.

I chose the beef, lamb and pork (you are allowed 3 types) – the beef and lamb were excellent and the pork very good, perhaps just a touch on the dry side.  The pork crackling – wow.  But there was only a small pot to share between all carvery-goers so it was a sparse treat.

It being a carvery, it was a case of as many vegetables and potatoes as you like.  And very importantly…as much gravy.

The potatoes were nicely crispy on the outside, though perhaps a little more squidgy than ideal. Good but not perfect.

The choice of vegetables was carrots, purple cabbage and broccoli and chesse.  I only sampled the broccoli and cheese – it was really tasty.

The Yorkshire pudding was large, home-made, and made to perfection.  A superb effort.

The gravy was unlimited, and had a decent consistency.

Overall this was an excellent roast dinner, and worth the extra effort to drive slightly out of Reading.  At £13.49 it provided excellent value for money too.

The service was excellent at all times, the pub was clean and the waitresses were very attractive.

I would advise booking in advance as there were no tables available in the restaurant and only one in the bar.

A thoroughly excellent roast dinner - 8.8 out of 10.  I highly recommend it.

Maybe I will manage more than one review this year?