Vol. XI No. 5
Friday 31 January - 6 February 2003



The Queen Vic’s Carvery

Sunday Roast is here again

by Miss Terry Diner

In just 14 months, the Queen Victoria Inn has been making strong inroads into the Pattaya society, especially for those with a British background. After all, Queen Victoria herself was a very powerful British monarch. However, probably even more powerful these days is the effect of TV, and “soaps” in particular. One long running serial is The Eastenders, and fans of this British series will recognise the fa็ade immediately - a faithful copy of the Queen Victoria Inn from the telly (other than the fact that the TV pub is on a corner, so some poetic license was used to “straighten” it).

Since our last review, the pub enlarged three months ago, taking over the premises next door, but has retained the same atmosphere of a British pub, with much use of wood panelling, horse brasses, cigarette cards displayed under glass and lace curtains at the windows looking out into the ‘wonderland’ of Soi 6. The central bar has been retained, with booth style seating along the window wall and a new ‘sports’ area for pool and darts around the corner. The staff are still wearing uniforms and the Maitress d’ was exceptionally smart in her dark jacket.

While the a la carte menu is still on offer, we had come on a Sunday to try their new Sunday Carvery. This runs from 11 a.m. till late evening and is advertised at only 290 baht, making it, on paper, a fairly inexpensive way to eat out on a Sunday. Bottled beers are around B. 65, while house red or white wine is only B. 75 per glass. Kilkenny draught is also available at B. 140 for half a pint or B 280 for the full pint.

The carvery is situated in the “new” section of the pub, adjacent to the bar area and has one glassed in section with the roast meats and the bain marie hot boxes for the vegetables and the soup. On our Sunday, the soup was a tomato and vegetable and this was served with French bread and some wrapped butter pats. The soup was hot! So important, but so often forgotten. Top marks there, but I wish the restaurants in Pattaya would refrain from using butter pats - always frozen and impossible to spread. The answer is either margarine or temperature controlled butter!

The covered meat selection included roast chicken, ham, pork and beef with dumplings and Yorkshire puddings. The vegetables (which may change with market availability) were, on our Sunday, cauliflower with cheese, roast potatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots and mashed potatoes, with gravy in the last food warmer. There was also an apple crumble and custard for dessert.

On our table were the usual condiments, plus HP sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salad cream, tomato ketchup and Colman’s mustard. (There has to be something there that you fancy!)

Our Dining Out Team of three started with soups all round, and all round were satisfied. So next it was time for us all to attack the carvery proper. The chef dispenses the items you choose onto your plate, and in my case, I found I was telling him to stop, rather than adding more. The quantity served depends upon your appetite.

The roast chicken was not dried out, nor the other meats, and the veggies were again kept at a good temperature. We like our selections and none of us had room for the dessert. By the way, the plates have a shallot decoration, and more than once I tried to cut it with my knife. The management have not left a shallot on your plate, though it appears that way!

The Dining Out Team left the Queen Victoria Inn more than satisfied. The carvery had a good choice of items, the food was correctly cooked and served and the price was much lower than we expected. The Sunday Carvery represents excellent value and if you are looking for traditional British food in “traditional” British surroundings, we can highly recommend the Queen Vic on Sundays.

The Queen Victoria Inn, 437/137-140 Soi Yodsak (Soi 6), North Pattaya, telephone 038 425 418, fax 038 424 941, email queenvictoriainn@hotmail.com