I had the ultimate comfort tea at my favourite spot in the area for a carvery - review

-Credit: (Image: Grimsby Live)
-Credit: (Image: Grimsby Live)


Where comfort food is concerned, you really cannot beat a good, old-fashioned carvery.

North East Lincolnshire has an array of options to choose from when the craving for beef slathered in horseradish sauce and Yorkshire puddings with mash and gravy arises (which is pretty often, in my case), but my go-to spot for the last couple of years has been the Jug & Bottle in Holton-le-Clay.

So, on a sunny Monday evening, having skipped making Sunday lunch the previous day, our family-of-three made the drive down there to treat ourselves to a carvery.

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As I expected, it wasn't too busy, so we quickly chose our table and went up to order drinks and pay. Two traditional midweek carveries with pigs in blankets added on came to just under £18, which I thought was fairly reasonable. A kids' carvery, which included a choice of dessert, came to £6.49.

Like most people, I tend to go to the Jug & Bottle on Sundays, and am used to having to queue around the restaurant for the carvery. So it made a very welcome change to just be able to walk up to the counter and hand our tickets in, without a queue in sight.

My carvery was delicious -Credit:Grimsby Live
My carvery was delicious -Credit:Grimsby Live

I went for turkey and beef with a Yorkshire pudding, alongside the pigs in blankets, and had a bit of everything on the side.

Diners could choose from stuffing, carrots, peas, sweetcorn, leeks, cabbage, cauliflower cheese, roast potatoes and mashed potato. I have to admit that my eyes are always too big for my belly whenever I go for a carvery, so, needless to say, I loaded my plate, plus a generous helping of gravy, mint sauce and horseradish sauce. Yum.

My little girl is allergic to egg, so no Yorkshire pud for her. She had turkey, carrots, peas, sweetcorn, roast potatoes and mashed potatoes with gravy.

Within about 15 minutes we were defeated, but managed to eat most of what was on our plates. Everything was absolutely delicious, from the tenderness of the meat and creaminess of the mash to the crispy roasties and veg packed with flavour.

In the past, I have found with some other carveries that the meat and veg can be on the drier side, especially the later you go. But I've never had any issues with the Jug & Bottle, and always leave as a very happy (and stuffed) customer.

My verdict:

It's no wonder the Jug & Bottle attracts queues around the entire restaurant when each Sunday rolls around. In my opinion, it's the best carvery in the area, without a doubt. Everything always tastes delicious and fresh, the service is always good and it's a clean and pleasant spot for families to have a bite to eat for lunch or tea. Price-wise, I think £8.99 per adult and £6.49 per child for a midweek carvery is perfectly reasonable.

I know the Jug & Bottle is also renowned for its array of stonebaked pizzas on the menu - I might just have to return at some point in the near future and try one for myself.