Toby Carvery bans customers from serving themselves roasts

The best part of a carvery roast dinner is the self-service element; being able to pile your plate high with potatoes and Yorkshire puddings without judgement.

However, that shame-free life might become a thing of the past, as the country’s biggest chain offering these roast dinners has made a big change.

Toby Carvery will be reopening their doors on 4 July in line with government guidelines, also introducing a number of safety and hygiene measures.

As well as deep cleaning and a change of opening hours and menus, there will no longer be self-service in Toby locations, with the company’s website saying: ‘We will reopen our Carvery Deck with our chefs serving the roast meats, vegetables and accompaniments to you at the deck.’

It’s obviously not the end of the world. Instead, we’ll just have to ask the chef for an unholy amount of food rather than placing it on our own plate.

But, like the death of the hotel breakfast buffet, it is a small, silly, and yet still sad loss.

‘There will be some changes to our normal style of service ensuring everyone is safe but you can rest assured that everyone will still get a special Toby Carvery welcome,’ the restaurant chain continued.

Some people don’t seem to agree, though, with tweets about the decision suggesting that the unique selling point of a carvery is the self-service itself.

‘That’s not a carvery then is it,’ one person commented, while another said: ‘Nah f*** off you just know they’re gonna just drop the 2 roasties on your plate.’

It appears to have gotten political too, with Labour & Co-op MP for Nottingham North and Shadow Public Health Minister Alex Norris tweeting a crying emoji reacting to the change.

While we know it’s for our safety, and we’d rather have fewer roasties on our plate, we’re still sad to lose the unbridled joy that comes with being a Sunday glutton.

Hopefully the measure will also reduce waste – not that that’s ever an issue for many of us. But we have to find silver linings where we can.

Let’s just hope that the serving staff aren’t too overcritical of our eating habits when dishing up.

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