We used to eat in the Three Crowns when we lived in Erdington but last year we moved to the other side of Birmingham and haven't been back but it was a proper nice carvery so when we were in the area today me and my dad went in for Sunday dinner.
The carvery was about £6.00 today because it's Sunday but it's usually loads cheaper and I think an adult carvery is about £3.50 in the week, it might have gone up since but it's always been known as cheaper than anywhere else round here so I bet it hasn't gone up much. We used to go in loads when we lived over there because when my mum was pregnant the smell of cooking made her sick so we came here at least 3 times a week and it was a proper meal for less than a Mcdonalds meal would be.
You get 3 lots of meat and today it was turkey, beef and gammon but sometimes I've been in there when it's proper pork instead of the gammon and one time they had lamb but it wasn't that nice and I think they've stopped doing that now. The meat is all wicked and I don't like too much meat on my plate but I always have a slice of all of them because they are all cooked perfect and so tender they don't take no effort to eat.
They've got loads of choice for vegetables and potatoes but I wish they did mash like the other carvery down the road does. I don't like the carrots here because they are always hard and going back today after 12 months I can see they haven't got any better and were proper dried out. The white cabbbage and cauli cheese is wicked in here and so are the roasters because they are so soft and fluffy inside but have that taste when they've been cooked in the meat fat. You can go up again for vegetables and potatoes but the carvery is filling so you probably won't need to.
You get a yorkshire pudding and ball of stuffing with your carvery and they're always nice but the yorkshire puddings are too big and take up half the plate.
You help yourself to gravy and sauce out of the big urns and there is always beef and poultry gravy. I like the poultry one best but there was a skin on it today and that put me off so I had the beef one and it was nice and proper meaty and thick. I had a bit of cranberry sauce for the turkey and horseradish for the beef and I liked both of them but the cranberry one is best because there are loads of whole cranberries in it and they are proper tangy and juicy.
I wasn't that hungry when we went in but I filled my plate and ate it all it was that nice.
This is a great cavery it is a family friendly no smoking pub / restaurant, with an over 18 only setion and a garden. If you have children, do not order an adult portion for them if they want a bigger portion, as they both seem to be the same size. The food is always refilled. It is the cheapest cavery I have come across with the prices - £2.99 before 1700 and £3.99 after 1700 Monday to Saturday and £5.50 on Sunday for adults. A great place to take the whole family.
The Three Crowns in Walsall is possibly THE cheapest carvery in the Midlands. For the bargain price of £2.99 youll get a fantastic meal which, apart from the meats, is basically as much as you can eat.
You pay for your meals at the bar while ordering your drinks and are given a voucher which is handed to the chef. Once is formality is out of the way, youll be ready to choose your food.
Typically for a carvery, you have a choice of gammon, turkey or beef which the chef carves in front of you to go on the plates. I usually have a slice of each, although any combination of meats is possible. For example my children find the gammon too salty so they leave this and have extra turkey, while my partner doesnt like turkey so hell ask for more of both other meats. Flexibility is the key to eating out as a family!
The Yorkshire puddings and stuffing balls are also served by the chef, but this is a hygiene issue rather than portion control so dont be embarrassed to ask for extra!
Alongside the chefs domain is a hot self service area containing all the potatoes and vegetables you can choose from, not forgetting that you can have as much or as little as you like from here. The roast potatoes are to die for, crispy outside but deliciously fluffy inside. The boiled spuds are also fabulous; small new potatoes boiled in their skins and then drizzled in butter. Gorgeous. Theres a good selection of veg including carrots, peas, green beans and cauliflower cheese. The vegetables are always cooked well and manage to sit in the heated containers without drying up or going rubbery.
To compliment your meal, you have a choice of sauces and gravies. The standard gravy is deliciously thick and rich, or you can have a more golden gravy which doesnt smell so meaty but looks absolutely lovely! Cranberry, mint and horseradish sauces are also available in little silver dishes for you to help yourself.
Its a gorgeous meal; really filling and just called for some dinnertimes when youve overdone the booze the night before. The tables are nicely laid out with cutlery and dessert menus already on the table as you arrive. Tables are available in a good range of sizes, from small tables for two all the way to huge round tables which seat eight. A couple of high chairs are provided for toddlers, and children are welcomed to eat until 8pm.
The restaurant itself has a modern country feel to it, there are lots of wooden beams and carved room dividers with a clean tiled floor in the food service area. It has a relaxed and bright atmosphere throughout, making for a lovely eating environment. Another thing I always notice immediately is how clean this restaurant is, its amazing because you dont notice the staff cleaning but they must be constantly wiping and polishing in the background to keep the place looking so sparkling all the time!
A smaller area in The Three Crowns is available if you just want to go and have a drink without eating. Again, this area is light and airy with a pleasantly quiet feel to it. The bar serves a variety of beers and spirits at pretty cheap prices; the beers including Carling, Kronenberg and Fosters. One thing worth mentioning is their delicious fruit juice drinks, a choice of summery juices served on masses of crushed ice. The Apple & Mango concoction is divine, while my kids adore the Orange & Cranberry these drinks are so yummy that Ill actually opt for this healthier beverage than sip my usual Baileys!
The £2.99 price is only available until 5pm, when it goes up to £3.95 which is still an absolute bargain considering the quality and size of the meal. The great thing about the carvery aspect is you can mix and match your meal to suit your tastes, I pile my plate with the spuds and a mixture of the veg while tending to stay away from the calorie laden Yorkshire pudding. The kids have enormous piles of carrots (which are always wonderfully fresh) as well as extra Yorkshires, and my partner eats the equivalent of the EEC food mountain in roasters. And theres never any waste.
The dessert menu isnt bad, although basic. Ice cream, apple pie and gateaux is the order of the day with prices being around the £2 mark. The apple pie is definitely the best option, served with a choice of custard or ice cream homemade kinda tasty with a definite cinnamon twist.
Theres a large car park at The Three Crowns, and also a small area to sit outside which unfortunately is so close to the car park and main road that you cant breathe for choking on exhaust fumes. To find The Three Crowns youll really need to go by car as its a bit of a trek using public transport, and definitely too in the middle of nowhere to contemplate the journey home after a huge meal! Follow the signs to Walsall, and the Sutton Road is a major junction on Beacon Hill (B4151) immediately before you head into Walsall proper. The Three Crowns is roughly a mile down Sutton Road, but is located on a slight bend so look out for the laid back pub grounds.
The Three Crowns
Tel: 01922 623951