Review: The Old Quay, Neston.
When you think about going out for a meal what’s the first thing that springs to mind for you? For me it’s how much is it going to cost? Sad but true, next comes is the food nice? Which is where word of mouth and reviews come in handy isn’t it. It’s always good to know beforehand what others have thought of a place you have never been to before, before you go and spend your pennies in there.
It’s been a while since I have been out to eat anywhere that doesn’t involve my kitchen or the chippy, bad times! So when I was if I would like to pop up to The Old Quay in Parkgate Neston, I
literally jumped at the chance. You see The Old Quay is one of those places round these parts whose reputation precedes it and I know it simply as ‘The Carvery’. Yet funnily enough I have never been. Olivia has been frequently and loves the place. I think my reluctance to visit is down to the fact I have an issue with food being left out in the open on hot plates as obviously is the case with carveries in general! So I went and dragged my best friend and fellow blogger Jo from Coming From Carsonsmummy with me. We were well overdue a more ‘sophisticated’ catch up than we usually end up doing.
Parkgate is a beautiful part of the Wirral Peninsula it gives me those olde worlde traditional vibes and the views across the River Dee to the Welsh coastline are stunning. The Old Quay is situated so you are able to relax, eat and simply look out over the salt marsh to Wales. Inside was so cosy too, the kind of place where you could while away hours on a Sunday afternoon although I expect in the Summer it gets a bit manic as opposed to a rainy wintry Saturday afternoon in January.
Had it not been raining and been closer to the summer there is also an outside area to sit and enjoy the warm weather too and whilst I’m on the subject of outside there is a charge to park but due to it being a busy tourist area in the warmer months, this keeps the car park more available for paying patrons.
We chose to sit by the window obviously and took our time perusing the menu. Now I found that although there wasn’t a huge range of food, it was the right choice of traditional pub food for the main carvery, delicious starters and mouthwatering puddings. Well, we had to try all three courses didn’t we, with wine to wash it down with of course.
What Did We Eat.
Jo and I got different starters to share opting for Hunters Gammon & Cheese Melt £2.59 which was shredded strips of gammon with cheese and barbecue sauce on slices of french bread, oh it was so delicious, and Southern Fried Chicken £3.19 which were small but packed with flavour and quite a kick to them, too spicy for Jo but that is exactly how like my southern fried chicken.
Shiraz £13.29 a bottle, Chardonnay £14.79.
We decided to go for the Large carvery option £5.89 as it is only £1.50 more than the regular size. Although we could have gone for pub classics of fish and chips, gammon and eggs, shepherd’s pie to name a few. When we went to choose our meal we got the choice of four types of meat, gammon, pork, turkey and beef, the choice of a sausage and either small or a large Yorkshire pudding served by the carver.
All other meal accompaniments are help yourself, as much as you want. Were my fears over carvery food right? Well not really, the meal was just as good as the starter, the veg, al dente, the meat absolutely not dry although the beef was a bit for Jo but I found it perfect as obviously everyone likes their beef cooked differently.
Choosing the beef would be completely based on your own preferences as to how you like to enjoy it yourself. They weren’t skimpy on their portions either! The only gripe we had was that roasties, although fluffy on the inside, were a bit too crispy and hard to cut into. But other than that I actually enjoyed my first proper pub carvery meal.
I couldn’t finish it. I was defeated and had to give up if I had any hope of even attempting to try a dessert. Luckily at no point were we rushed into making a decision, and left until we decided we were ready. And when we were, we went straight for the rocky road sundae £3.49 to share, there was absolutely no way I could have even contemplated one just for myself though.
We both had a great time at The Old Quay. The food was delicious and all meals are reasonably priced too with different offers throughout the week including kids eat free on Sundays! Winner for me that one. But for us what set it apart from others was the high quality of service we received from the staff. You know me for my customer service, well these guys went above and beyond and not just for us, for everyone. You could tell they take real pride in their jobs and what they do, absolutely nothing was too much trouble at all, so I would like to say a big thank you to Rita, the manager, Jay, Chris, Jim and Jack.
You can find more information about The Old Quay on their site with details of offers, menu’s, prices and directions.