Toby Carvery staff share eight things they want to tell you – but aren’t allowed

With over 150 restaurants in the UK, Toby Carvery feeds more hungry families each week than can be counted.

But when you're busy tucking into your Sunday lunch, have you ever wondered what staff were really thinking about?

Well, if the answer was yes, you're in luck, as several employees have shared secrets of working for the pub chain.

Speaking to the Daily Star, workers revealed eight things they've always wanted to tell customers but simply weren't allowed to – including the biggest perk of their job and the one thing they wish all diners would do before leaving the restaurant.

Here's a look at what they had to say.


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1. Yes, staff get free food

This is perhaps the biggest perk of the job.

Who doesn't love piling their plate high with roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings – and it's even better when you don't have to pay for them.

2. We say sorry hundreds of time per shift

There's customers everywhere, weaving in between them – while grinning and apologising – has become quite the skill.

We know it gets rather busy, but we would really appreciate it if you could leave a bit of room for us to get through while we're clearing tables.


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3. Please refill your own drinks

If you've ordered a bottomless drink and are able to go and refill it yourself, please do so.

And don't even get us started on customers who want a top up every five minutes.

4. It's all gravy

At the end of a long day, they say you should try and leave your work behind as you head home, but when we open our front door, there's one thing that prevents us from forgetting – the smell of gravy.

There have been many occasions where I've arrived home smelling of gravy. Oooh tasty.


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5. Sometimes, running out of meat can be a good thing

We won't judge you if we see you've piled your plate super high.

Actually the more you eat, the better for us, as sometimes when food supplies run low, we're able to leave early. Jackpot!

6. Staff discount makes us VERY popular

Who doesn't want to shave some money off the cost of their Sunday roasts?

Our staff perks go down a treat with family and friends.

For many people, the idea of going into work while nursing a hangover sounds like a nightmare – but not so much when you work at Toby Carvery.

Staff are able to feed their hangovers with all the food they like, so most people aren't afraid to come in when they're feeling rough.

8. Don't forget to tip

While the carvery might be self service, workers still have to tidy up after you, so before you leave to go home and put your feet up in front of the telly, make sure to spare a thought for those who are run off their feet on Sunday afternoons.

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