When you go for a Sunday roast dinner in what is said to be the best steakhouse in south Bristol, you expect great things. As we walked for around half an hour from our hotel, the Mercure Bristol Grand, to The Ashville in Southville, I pictured myself digging into a mountain of roast meat, served with all the trimmings and extra gravy.
Arriving at The Ashville just after 5pm, the restaurant was pretty busy, but we were immediately seated. You know the food’s going to be decent when you walk in to a restaurant and it’s full of locals!
This family-run restaurant serves an impressive range of quality steaks (including a 96oz T-bone challenge), alongside traditional English dishes. All ingredients are locally sourced and prepared on-site – this is pub grub at its finest. The steak looked delicious, but there was no question in our minds that we wanted to order a roast dinner.
There was a choice of beef, lamb or pork. At £10.95 for adults and £5.50 for children, it’s roughly on par with most other restaurants in Bristol serving Sunday dinner. If you can’t make up your mind, order a mixed meat dinner for £13.95. In the unlikely event that you happen to be visiting the steakhouse for Sunday dinner as a veggie, you can tuck into a tasty peanut and cashew nut roast for £9.95. Large appetites can be catered for with extra roast potatoes (£2), extra Yorkshire puddings (£1.50), extra veg (£2) or extra gravy (£1), but you’ll struggle to eat what’s on the plate as it is.
To say that the serving sizes at The Ashville were generous would be a gross understatement. I must’ve had at least a quarter of a lamb’s leg on my plate. The meat was roasted until it was so tender, it resembled pulled lamb; it was falling apart before my fork so much as touched it. The homemade mint sauce was the perfect compliment.
Meanwhile, golden brown roasties were accompanied by chunky roast parsnips, while the fresh veg (carrot batons, mashed swede, cabbage and broccoli florets) was cooked al dente, just how I like it – with plenty of bite still left in it. I always feel spoilt when I have cauliflower cheese on a roast dinner, and The Ashville’s creamy, cheesy version was a real treat.
The centre piece of the plate, however, was the Yorkshire pudding towering over the meat and veg, which was almost as big as my head. We also had a boat of extra gravy – not that we needed it!
My guest’s dinner looked equally mouth-watering, topped with layers of thickly slices of succulent roast topside of beef.
We were gutted that we didn’t have any room for dessert, especially when I noticed two of my all-time favourites on the menu – Eton mess and sticky toffee pudding. Still, it’s the perfect excuse to return next time we’re in Bristol!
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