A carvery is a restaurant where cooked meat is freshly sliced to order for customers, sometimes offering unlimited servings for a fixed price. The term is most commonly used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia, but it is also found in the United States.
Carveries are often found in pubs and hotels, and are particularly commonly held at weekends, when they offer traditional Sunday roasts to a potentially large number of people. The meat is usually accompanied by a choice of potatoes (generally at least boiled, mashed and roasted) and other vegetables (commonly including carrots, parsnips, peas and other traditional British vegetables), with gravy and a sauce considered a traditional accompaniment to the various meats (for example, mint sauce to accompany roast lamb, apple sauce to accompany roast pork and so on).
Carveries are also commonly offered by many local pubs.
Some restaurants in the US use the term or concept, and it is a staple at some buffets. Examples include:
- The House of Prime Rib, a prime rib carvery in San Francisco, California
- Lawry's may be described as a carvery (serving almost exclusively roast beef), and uses the term for one branch: Lawry's Carvery
- The Sign of the Beefcarver, a carvery chain in Michigan
Most California-style hofbrau restaurants may also be considered carveries and the smörgåsbord is a rough Scandinavian equivalent used as an English loan word spelled "smorgasbord" in parts of the US with a history of Scandinavian immigration.
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