A Flock Visit To The Carvery At The Dog & Quayle, Underwood
Having got through the s^*t show that was 2021, I decided that I was going to channel my inner Queen and have more than one birthday celebration this year. As you might imagine, the weekend was a full-on party, so by the time Sunday afternoon rolled around I really wasn’t feeling the ‘ let’s cook a Sunday Roast’ vibe! Thankfully Mummy Bird knew exactly what was going to happen (like all good mummys, she knows her baby well!) and had booked a table at The Dog and Quayle in Underwood; not that this was entirely altruistic: she also knew that His Nibs would offer to pick her up and drive her home afterwards, so she could have a nice, chilled glass of Pinot with her meal.
There is plenty of on-site parking and we pulled into one of the empty spaces and then walked inside. The Dog and Quayle has a lovely traditional pub feel to it and we received a lovely warm welcome from one of the serving team as we approached the bar. Plenty of folks were already sat down, tucking into some their food and we were having a good old nebb as we walked past them on the way to our window side table. We all loved the open plan layout of The Dog and Quayle; I like space around me in ‘normal’ times, and even more so at the moment with this ruddy Omicron variant swanning about willy-nilly trying to infect us all!
Our server was a young lad, I would say in his late teens (maybe early 20s if he was really baby-faced!), and honest to goodness you couldn’t wish to meet a more polite, friendly young man anywhere in the world! He was just one of those people that you warmed to, and he’s certainly in the right industry.Our drinks order was dealt with very quickly and efficiently, ditto our order for four of the carveries. The process of getting our food was clearly explained, and when we were given our tokens we duly trotted off up to the hot counter.
One of the unique features of The Dog and Quayle is that they offer a carvery seven days a week: Monday-Saturday Noon-9pm (£8.95 per person) and Noon-8pm on Sunday (£10.95 per person). If you want to skip the meat items, then they offer a meat-free, veggie only option at £5.95 per person. The other note of interest is that not only can you have the usual meats, there are bakes, pies, casseroles, sausages and Chef’s specials to indulge in as well at no extra charge!!! AND... you can go back for second helpings of vegetables: yes, yes, YES!!!
Fledge was first up to the carvery counter cos, y’know, she’s a starving student (yeah, righto!) and the Chef heaped thick slices of Gammon and a massive homemade Yorkie onto her plate and said to help herself to vegetables and gravy as much as she wished. Mummy Bird had gone up behind her and came back with a plate heaped with Gammon, a slab of Steak Pie, and a hefty portion of Lamb’s Liver! His Nibs spied Mummy’s plate and thought “game on!” and returned with an even more laden plate of Minced Beef Cobbler, Peppered Steak, and Gammon. Now, I’m not renowned for my restraint, but even I had to concede that I wasn’t going to be able to out-do The Man and retain my dignity! My choices were Cheesy Vegetable Bake, Steak Pie and Gammon. We had all opted for the Gammon because it looked so juicy and flavoursome behind the counter and we were proved right as we took our first mouthfuls of its succulent, tasty flesh.
All the pastry was delicious, both on the pies’ crust and the crumbly scone rounds on the cobbler. The high butter content ensured that the pastry melted in the warmth of our mouths, allowing us to fully savour it as it left its silky indulgence on our tongues and the insides of our cheeks. There was plenty of meat in the pies and bakes, too, and Mummy Bird remarked on how tender her Lamb’s Liver was in its rich, thick gravy. My Cheesy Vegetable Bake was also delicious; the still just-firm vegetables were bound nicely with tangy melted cheese and the whole thing had been beautifully seasoned to maximise the flavours within the dish. The veggie bake might not win any prizes in the looks stakes, but in terms of taste it was blooming lovely.
With the exception of Fledge, all of us had got Steak in one guise or another on our plates; Mummy Bird and I had it in pie form, The Man‘s was sliced into fine strips and lavished with warming pepper and sauce. You couldn’t fault the tenderness or the quality of flavour in the Beef; in fact, we couldn’t complain about any of the meats we’d had.
I’ve wanged on about the meats, so you probably want to hear about the vegetables, right? Well there was certainly plenty of choice on the carvery counter, that’s for sure! The usual suspects of roasties, mash and garden peas were there (and were all very nice), but there was shredded Red Cabbage, Cauliflower Cheese and Roasted Root Vegetables to plump for as well. No surprise to hear that I heaped the Cauliflower Cheese onto my plate (you all know how much I love it!), and I enjoyed every.single.mouthful. If I’m being picky – and I am! – then I’ll admit that I would’ve liked the Red Cabbage to have been pimped with some sort of spice or had some Sultanas or Apple in with it, rather than it just being ‘naked’. Not that there was anything wrong with the delivery of this lovely veg; Chef had sliced it nicely and cooked it perfectly.
The absence of conversation around our table had been testament to the fact that we all rated the food at The Dog and Quayle in Underwood; we were simply too busy feasting and savouring to be yapping – that came later when we’d cleared our plates. The lovely young man came to collect all the plates away and enquired if we wanted one of the venue’s homemade puddings. Sadly, we didn’t have room for them (the amount of food I’d shovelled down my gullet over the weekend could feed a small country!), but it’s a good reason to visit again, isn’t it?
Hot Wings awarded to this local gem that we are delighted to have finally visited! Get in touch to book your table on 01773 531516 and give their website a visit to see the current menu too: www.dogandquayle.uk
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