We review one of Derby’s biggest and busiest carveries

On a rainy Sunday, we ventured out to a local favourite for our roast dinner to see exactly how much food you can get for your money.

The Blue Jay, on Raynesway, on the outskirts of Alvaston, is a local favourite when it comes to Sunday lunch and is considered to be one of the top carveries in the county, according to online reviews.

Not only does it have pretty good reviews, but it won’t break the bank either with a large plate setting you back under £12.

Sceptical of what constituted a “large plate” and keen to find out how much we could load up onto it, we decided to put it to the test.

The welcome

When we arrived, just after lunchtime on Sunday, the restaurant was clean and pretty busy. We were seated straight away and staff were kind and welcoming.

The entire bar area was already decked out for Halloween, maybe a bit too well. The barman nearly dropped one of our drinks when it got stuck in a decorative spider web.

The food

Not knowing what we were letting ourselves in for, we naively ordered a starter which was a breaded brie sharing board between two.

Although messy, it seemed that some of the brie had exploded in the cooking process, the starter was piping hot and freshly cooked. It also came with a side salad and a pot of onion marmalade.

The brie was plenty for two people
The brie was plenty for two people
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It was only as a gentleman at the next table came back with a mountain of food that we realised that we might have underestimated just how much food you can get for £12.

Nevertheless, we had challenged ourselves to get as much food as we could so that is what we did.

According to the menu, all plates come with unlimited veg, roast potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and sauces. Regular plates cost £9.49 and come with a homemade Yorkshire pudding and three slices of meat.

For an extra £2, you can upgrade to a large plate which gets you an extra Yorkshire pudding and slice of meat.

Needless to say, we came back to the table with two mountains of food having loaded up on everything that the menu had to offer.

On both our plates you will find: roast beef, turkey, four massive Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, dauphinois potatoes, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower cheese, stuffing and gravy.

You can get a mountain of food with the large plate
You can get a mountain of food with the large plate
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Everything was delicious but readers will not be surprised to know, neither of us could finish it all.

I am pretty sure one plate could feed a family of four. How anyone could finish a plateful of that size alone is baffling.

We really did make the effort though, its not like either of us enjoyed defeat and wasting the food but by the end neither of us felt that we wanted to see a roast potato for the rest of our lives.

We had been warned that the Blue Jay was a carvery on an industrial scale but even days on, I still cannot work out if I am amazed or repulsed by the amount of food that you can get for your money.

The bill

A small glass of malbec £5.25

A small glass of sauvignon blanc £5.00

Brie dippers sharer £7.79

Two large plates £11.49 each

Total £41.02

The verdict

With a few days having now passed since our visit and our love of roast potatoes eventually restored, would we go back again?

Absolutely! The amount of food that you get for your money is really good value but we would definitely skip a starter, and maybe even breakfast, if you want to make the most of your Sunday lunch.

The Blue Jay is located on Linville Close, just off of Raynesway. It is open every day from 12pm to 10pm.

*The Derby Telegraph makes undercover visits to restaurants, takeaways and cafés with a view to providing a fair, balanced and accurate report on customer service and the food on offer. Our hope is that, for the sake of both the business owner and the customer, we can report positively about the places we visit. However if our experience is not 100 per cent positive then we are duty-bound to report on exactly what we find.

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