Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Too Good To Go: Why you need to try a mystery bag from Buckie Farm

sustainable food
Too Good To Go.

My family has been tucking into Sunday roasts for as long as I can remember. And we have always taken the “day of rest” term quite literally.

For us, the end of the week is for nothing more than slipping into your favourite hoodie, putting your feet up, and indulging in wholesome comfort food.

I will add that I’ve been trying to break away from this ritual recently, with spring approaching and the weather looking up.

But anyway, back to the topic of roasts.

To put it into perspective, I would say that 98% of the roast dinners I have enjoyed over the years have been put together by my family. Let me rephrase that, my mum.

But outside the family home, Porterhouse Steakhouse and Coffee Bar in Inverurie and Newmachar Hotel in Newmachar are the only eateries I recall tucking into one.

Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery (more commonly referred to as Buckie Farm) in Danestone has always been on my list of places to visit, purely down to word of mouth around its mouth-watering food.

I never felt the need to stop by given that I always have a roast waiting for me on a Sunday as it is, but for the first time I found myself craving a midweek one instead…

There was only one thing for it, head to my Too Good To Go app and reserve a mystery bag from the eatery.

What I got my hands on…

I had high expectations for my bag – or should I say tub – which set me back just £3.29.

I have seen a number of videos on social media app TikTok based around Too Good To Go bags from carveries in the UK, a lot of which are packed to the brim.

And to my delight, mine had also been filled with a list of delicious ingredients. I really should have popped the container on a set of scales. Its weight was staggering.

There were lashings of meat and not one, not two, but nine pigs in blankets.

The contents could have fed two or three people.

They were the first thing that caught my eye, given that they are one of my favourite parts of a carvery. I dread to think how many I devour on Christmas Day every year.

The bacon on the outside was well-cooked and slightly charred – exactly how I like them – while the sausages themselves were peppery and softer in texture.

Likewise, the meats on offer, which included chicken and gammon, were so tender that I didn’t require a knife to slice them. The gammon was a standout component in the tub, offering a pleasant amount of saltiness that didn’t overwhelm the palate.

You may think this odd, but another standout was the assortment of fresh vegetables. There were plenty of them, “them” being red cabbage, garden peas, cauliflower and green beans.

Having soaked up the deliciously thick gravy, they too were a treat.

Roast potatoes, pigs in blankets and gammon all featured.

Speaking of veggies, roast potatoes can be classed as one, right? Well, I wish they were anyway… Crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, it didn’t take long for them to disappear.

Finally, there was also a mouth-watering sage and onion stuffing. Like the vegetables, it had blended nicely with the gravy and was nothing but a joy to eat.

The only disappointment for me was that not one Yorkshire pudding was in amongst the mix. I do love a good Yorkie, so was hoping to put one from Buckie Farm to the test.

Nevertheless, I was really satisfied with the tub overall.

General prices of the carveries:

There are a number of carvery options available daily at Buckie Farm. The price is a little less from Monday to Saturday in comparison to Sunday. They are as follows:

Monday to Saturday:

  • The Full Works Carvery – £10.05
  • Large Carvery – £9.08
  • Traditional Carvery – £7.29
  • Small Carvery – £4.99

Sunday:

  • The Full Works Carvery – £13.05
  • Large Carvery – £12.08
  • Traditional Carvery – £10.29

You can add pigs in blankets to all orders for £0.99.

Was it worth it?

Considering that I was picking up a bag/tub that cost just a fraction of the majority of the carvery options listed above, I was thrilled. And boy, I can’t emphasise enough how worth it, it was.

The amount of food I was treated to would certainly feed two or three people, let alone one. I made a dent in the mixture and decided to save more for the following evening…

Each item was of high quality and tasted fresh, too. I may have to treat myself to a midweek carvery more often. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while.


For more Too Good To Go content…

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]

More from the Press and Journal Food and Drink team

More from the Press and Journal