Toby Carvery’s New Vegan Dishes

Toby Carvery’s Vegan Portobello Mushroom Bullseye Tart

When the weather turns chilly we seem to gravitate towards comforting food naturally, so it’s great to see not all restaurants and chains think us vegans only eat salad. I have featured Toby Carvery on the Canny Food blog earlier in the year (see post here) and were surprised to find filling dishes on the menu like Allotment Pie and Portobello Mushroom Tart.

Toby Carvery can accommodate vegans, showing how easy it is to adapt a menu

One of the things that has really struck me about Toby is the value for money. It can be expensive to dine out for some, especially if you have a larger family. Some also say that vegan food is on the expensive side. Eating out in chains like this proves this isn’t the case, especially when you consider the portion sizes served up by this nationwide chain. 

This Yorkie Pud is not vegan, neither is my sister!

There have been some new additions to the Vegetarian and Vegan menu at Toby Carvery so I popped along to try out the Root Vegetable Roast, an addition to the roster that’s bound to be popular on a Sunday. I was surprised to learn my meat-eating sister had never this establishment and thought she might appreciate the carvery. To her credit, she’d eaten a lot of vegan food during her stay with us and enjoyed her Roast Beef and Yorkshire Puddings. Even my own non-vegan puds were never that impressive!

As stipulated on the menus, vegans should mention their dietary requirement when ordering so freshly cooked vegetables can be served up alongside your main course options. The only things that are SFV amongst the carvery items are the roast potatoes, onions, stuffing, and the vegetarian gravy. It’s best to check in your branch for further information. Some vegans are squeamish going up to the counter where the joints of meat are, which is understandable. Thankfully most bring your food out to the table, although you may have to get other items like the gravy yourself.

I remembered to ask for no peas amongst the veggies I got and was nicely surprised by the selection. The parsnips were a little bit dry without a roasting in maple syrup and the other vegetables could have used a knob of dairy-free butter, but once the thick gravy was lavished over the dish I really didn’t mind. The Nut Roast was one the sweet side with its mix of root veg like swede, carrots and parsnip, as well as the cranberries. It worked well against the meatiness of the gravy, however.While I enjoyed it, I think some places locally to us offer up a better nut roast offering – The Ship Inn is one example – but I don’t think Toby can be faulted on its pricing.

I was pleased to see something other than Coconut Rice Pudding for dessert, although it is a shame Toby aren’t offering a dairy-free ice cream to accompany the Chocolate and Cherry Torte they have available. 

Made with apple sauce as an egg replacement, the cake is incredibly moist. The tart cherries stop the chocolate from being too sickly sweet, but I feel a glug of custard (many custard powders are accidentally vegan and can be made with plant milk alternatives) or the chocolate sauce that it was supposed to arrive with would have elevated the dessert above average.

With 2 courses each and drinks coming in way under £25 and full tummies all round Toby Carvery is really not a bad place to visit for a family meal, especially with a mix of dietary requirements. I will be interested in trying out the Grilled Aubergine Stack that is also one of the new dishes on offer, which is topped with a vegan white sauce. Keep up the good work!

Thanks for reading,

Pip x

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  1. Sam | North East Family Fun Blog

    Oh we’re heading to Toby tomorrow night too – I honestly love how much value they offer. LOADS of food, can be healthier than a lot of other options if you stock up on veg rather than stodge and quick/family friendly xx

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      Budget and family friendly. I used to be a bit sniffy about it but now I appreciate how well it also accommodates us x

  2. Rachel

    I never think to visit Toby carvery even though there is one quite local to us, maybe I should give it a try!

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      If you fancy a proper feed then it’s a great value option 🙂

  3. Simone

    The roast at my local was just chucked on the plate and wasn’t fully cooked, with some sort of raw batter in it. I have complained about having to go to the counter to stand in the queue but according to their Twitter they aren’t allowed to bring it to the table, even though they can bring starters, desserts and salad mains to the table. I do like the mushroom tart!

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      We have had our food brought to the table for us, so it really depends on the branch I think. It is a shame they aren’t consistent with their approach as that will put a few people off eating there.

      1. Simone

        I was honestly told by their social media team that it’s a directive from head office that they can’t bring it to the table 🤔🙄🤣


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