This week marks Roast Dinner Week so it seemed fitting to write a review on the last, but by no means least, eatery to open on Bedford Street in Middlesbrough – Roast. Roast is a specialist carvery shop that offers freshly roasted carvery sandwiches to takeaway. With a beautiful selection of locally sourced meats from North Yorkshire which change weekly, there’s always something new for meat-lovers to try.
In Teesside, it’s like a tradition to indulge in a roast dinner on a Sunday afternoon and it also makes for the ultimate hangover food! With such a love for a roast dinner, Roast has opened its doors to local foodies to indulge in a carvery 6 days a week (excluding Monday). Even better, you can get your carvery to takeaway and enjoy from a bench in Centre Square or the comfort of your own home if you live nearby.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll have noticed I’ve been making my way through the restaurants and takeaways along the renovated street such as Barbarossa, The Chairman and Songbird Bakery. I’ve been really excited about the opening of Roast as it brings something to the town that we’ve not got already – a takeaway carvery.
During our visit we had four meats to choose from including turkey, pork, beef and the meat of the week – Welsh leg of lamb. Each meat was placed in its own tray under heat lamps to keep the meat warm and succulent. All of the roasts looked perfectly cooked and delicious, making it a tough decision to pick one! My mam got a full pork carvery which was served in a takeaway box. She was able to pick from a great selection of seasoned potatoes, vegetables and sauces.
Massive, crisp Yorkshire puddings are my absolute favourite on a roast dinner and the ones at Roast looked right up my street! However, I was tempted by Roast’s signature Yorkshire pudding wrap which was basically a carvery inside a circular-shaped wrap made from Yorkshire pudding mix. Inside my wrap I got turkey, mashed potato, carrots and gravy topped off with a roastie on top! Once I’d chosen my fresh filling, my Yorkshire pudding wrap got toasted which helped to squash it all together to make it easier to eat. The wrap was huge and it tasted absolutely gorgeous – the meat was so tasty! The gravy was rich and tasteful, just how I like it and the potatoes and carrots were cooked to perfection. I’d definitely get the wrap again.
As for the decor in Roast, it is stunning! Although the shop is only small, they’ve made the most of their space by having a small table close to the door and they’ve kept it simple with a couple of luxury accents. I fell in love with the beautiful patterned counter tops that gave the place a Moroccan feel. The brick wall, copper details and chandelier were lovely touches to give the place a real authentic feel. Of course, with roasts being their specialty, their was a boar’s head on the wall which finished the room off perfectly.
Whilst Roast is normally open from 12pm – 3pm to serve lunch time customers, the carvery shop has decided to reopen its doors on Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm until late for those who would rather tuck into a roast carvery sandwich instead of a greasy takeaway. I think this is a great idea as I for one would love a roast sandwich after a few drinks!
Is Roast a place you would like to try? What meat do you prefer on your roast dinner?