We were delighted to be asked to visit Toby Carvery in Formby, Liverpool. We love eating out as a family and were really looking forward to our visit. Formby is a lovely part of Liverpool just a short drive out for us. We picked a Wednesday half term day for our visit, Alice and Rosie were their usual excitable selves! Emily was off camping with her friend so unfortunately she missed out!
Toby Carvery offers a full menu, including breakfast, but I know Toby Carvery as "The Home of The Roast" so of course, we were all in for a yummy roast dinner. The kids are pretty good in restaurants. They are 4 and 3 so they don't make too much mess and they tend to stay calm most of the time. We know now that we can easily take them out without too much worry. I do remember the days of throwing a meal down our necks and taking turns chasing them around - McDonald's seemed like the only option at one point!
However, all "grown up" and ready for our meal, we set to. Warren and I had starters. I had the soup of the day which was a lovely mushroom and vegetable. Warren had garlic mushrooms with crusty bread. The starters were lovely - Rosie stole some of my bread and soup and I stole some of Warren's mushrooms. (We are definitely a picky sharing family at home and in restaurants, we love it that way.)
While we waited for our starters we got up and ordered Rosie and Alice's roast dinners. They both picked pork, with a giant Yorkshire pudding. They had sweetcorn, peas and mash and lashings of gravy. Both girls ate well and were kept amused by an activity sheet and some crayons.
Next up, we took turns to get our own main meals. I picked turkey and beef and chose lots of vegetables - everything was there - green beans, red cabbage, cauliflower cheese... all this was topped with lashings of gravy and some wholegrain mustard for the beef. Warren chose a larger plate and had the same as me, but more of it and extra meat - he had a bit of everything on offer; turkey, gammon, beef and pork.
We also chose some desserts. I opted out of this as I was well and truly stuffed. The food was great, and the desserts looked amazing, so I decided just to steal some of theirs instead of having my own. Warren chose the chocolate brownie with whipped cream and the kids had ice cream topped with Oreo biscuit pieces. They all wolfed the lot (I had a couple of spoons of theirs.)
Me and Warren had a couple of bottles of Peroni each and the kids just had plain tap water. We really relaxed and had a lovely time. Staff were very friendly and helpful - Steph was particularly lovely - nothing was too much trouble and she was lovely to the kids, they really liked her.
Our bill came to under £50 for all four of us including drinks. I don't think you could fault it for that price. We were all fed and happy, with desserts and starters to boot - the price is brilliant.
Disclosure: We were invited by Toby Carvery and were given our food and drinks free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are our own.