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Toby Carvery restaurant, Southend and Wickford Essex restaurant review

When looking for a Carvery, as far as I am concerned, the Toby carvery is the best. Over the years, I have been to more than I would like to remember, including in the area, the Rayleigh Lodge and Halfway House in Southend on Sea, but the Toby is the best. They offer restaurants with great layouts, with booths and alcoves available, and they have a warm, old English style to them.

I am not overly keen on queuing for food, but when it is busy, the food is at its best. I tend to check for condiments and sauces before I queue and ask for more if they are running out, so that I have a fresh supply by the time I get to the end of the queue with my food, otherwise it can be quite frustrating, but it is the same with all carvery restaurants. I find the Toby to have the best selection of vegetables, a better quality of meat and the best deals. They also tend to have hotter, fresher food than others.

I went to the Toby Carvery at Southend on Sea (the Bell) which was ok, but I prefer the ambience and food of the Toby at the Wickford restaurant (The Thomas Kemble, Runwell Village). The staff there are really good too – friendly and helpful.

The best part of the carvery is the price. In the day (before 7pm) it is just £5.25. However, when it goes up to £7.50 in the evenings, I would say it was average, as for a couple of pounds more, one can get a very good meal served to them by a waitress in another restaurant. It depends what you want, but the drinks are good value, so this is great for the budget.

I have been during 2009/2010 and 2011 and it remains the same!

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