Tumbledown Farm, Cannock
Catherine Dalton is in carvery heaven at the quaintly-named Tumbledown Farm.
Its name makes it sound like it should have a thatched roof and dark beams everywhere. But in actual fact, it's a barn-style building with a nice mix of modern and country chic.
Where can we find it then?
It's tucked away on Four Crosses Lane, not a million miles from Cannock's Longford Island. You could probably quite easily drive past it, if it weren't for the giant sign out the front advertising its speciality fare – the carvery.
So what's it like inside?
It's actually deceptively large. Country style but not at all stuffy. In the centre of the big barn building, there's a well-stocked bar with a big wine selection.
When you first walk in there are chairs and tables for people waiting for their table to be called and a TV showing Sky News in the corner.
A mismatch of tables and chairs, many at the rear end of the restaurant and then the rest in the conservatory-style part at the front.
There's lots of deep red on the walls, low hanging light fittings and dark wooden tables. The walls are also lined with a collection of modern art perched high up on a beam. The focal point of the room is in the centre just behind the bar, where the carvery is served up.
What's the atmosphere like?
It's got a really nice laid back atmosphere. Nothing formal or stuffy.
It seems to be ideal for most sorts of occasions – there were birthday celebrations, family gatherings and couples all in the restaurant on a busy Sunday afternoon. It's got quite a comforting feel too, a nice place to relax with a glass of wine or convalesce from a heavy Saturday night.
What about the menu?
It looks good, pretty varied. Most of the favourites seem to be on there.
There's starters, light bites, burgers, main meals and of course, what most people flock there for, the carvery.
Starter-wise, there's the usuals such as prawn cocktail (£3.60), soup of the day (£3.15) and garlic bread (£1.75), mixed in with some more unusual ones such as popcorn prawns and sweet chillii sauce and duck rolls.
So the carvery then. Does it live up to the hype and what's it got going for it?
Pretty much everything you would want from a good comforting, home cooked Sunday dinner as good as your mum makes it (sorry mum!).
There's a choice of roasts, including beef, turkey and pork and all the trimmings such as sausages and stuffing balls and Yorkshire puddings that take up half your plate but are perfect for filling with gravy and dipping your veg into.
Moving on from the meat, there's pretty much all the vegetables you could want.
Potatoes – roasts and mash of course – and on this occasion, peas, carrots, swede, parsnips, cauliflower and leeks. On Mondays to Saturdays, it's pretty great value at £4.95 and on Sundays it's still pretty good at £7.45.
It does get pretty busy so on a Sunday so expect a wait. If you're going as part of a bigger group, it's probably best to try and book ahead.
So is it somewhere you'd recommend to friends and family?
Definitely. It's got a nice laid back atmosphere, it's good value and it's got a proper Sunday dinner with all the trimmings. And you just can't beat a good carvery.
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