The Roundhouse – Pub (Sunday Roast) – Nottingham
Hart’s – 9/10
Larwood & Voce – 8.5/10
Ned Ludd – 6.5/10
Hand and Heart – 6.5/10
Cross Keys – 6/10
My first foray into Sunday lunches for 2015 took me to this unique building, once a wing of Nottingham’s general hospital. If you’re familiar with the blog you’ll know I have a bit of an ongoing search for good roasts, I’ve listed previous visits at the top of the page and will hopefully continue this into the year.
As you enter up the stairs of The Roundhouse a unique space emerges, where you could happily while away an afternoon. The menu is quite light on a Sunday and disappointingly no starters are available, so it was all steam ahead to main event. I’m always a beef man and it allows me relatively even comparison across my various visits. It was a pretty attractive looking plate with a pink tinge to the meat and a couple of substantial Yorkshire puddings showing some promise. Those pillowy puffs of batter were probably the highlight, certainly above average. The beef itself was not a lot better than ok, could have had more flavour, could have been more tender, but it was there or thereabouts. A friend’s pork did seem to hit a few more of the right notes. The accompanying items failed to really lift the dish, whilst they bought plentiful new gravy on request it really had no depth of flavour, certainly not discernibly beefy. Veg was no more than bog standard either conceivably it could have come from a Tesco pre-packed selection.
A gaze at the dessert menu and I thought a traditional crumble would cheer things up a little, how wrong I was. I’m not sure what they had done to the apple and berry filling but the result was insipid to say the least. A thin custard bought little to the party and I was glad of a couple of redcurrants that adorned the crust of the crumble to give it any sort of punch.
The price didn’t balance the substandard quality of the meal. There was no set menu, the beef £13.95 and the crumble £5.95, effectively 2 courses for £20. Putting it into perspective one of the best Sunday lunches at Hart’s is £23 for 3 courses. They are competing too quite directly with the Ned Ludd, which whilst it suffered from service on my visit was good value at £17 for 3 courses. The disappointing and this relatively poor value against the other offerings out there mean I would find it hard to recommend The Roundhouse.
Restaurant website: http://www.theroundhousenottingham.co.uk/