The Early Word: Oxley’s Carvery


Always on the hunt for a new lunchtime treat, we made the trek today down Mott Street to check out Oxley’s Carvery, a recently opened British butchery shop stuffing hunkering cuts of roasted meat between bread. So what can you scope out at this meat market?

The space inside is tiny and lacks seating, save for a bench outside, so this is definitely takeout fare. Too bad, because the aromas of roast herbs and meat juices are intoxicating, and sun streams in through the windowed storefront. A counter displays the meat available, which includes roast pork, lamb, beef, and turkey. Vegetarians are stuck with corn on the cob, potatoes, and broccoli rabe. But then again, if you’re an herbivore, why the heck are you in a carvery shop?

The menu offers two types of sandwiches — toasties (a/k/a pressed sandwiches) and sandwiches, which come on rolls. Obviously we had to try both.

We first opted for the roast turkey sandwich because it came with stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy, and we’re never one to turn down Thanksgiving dinner. To our delight, the meat was very moist, and the stuffing flavorful and topped with just the right amount of cranberry sauce. The only downside? The roll suffered from too much bread, especially given the carbolicious filling. But all in all, we’d definitely order this again.

Slightly less successful was the roast pork toastie, which came with applesauce and garlic aioli. The meat was a bit under-seasoned and the applesauce a little on the sweet side, though we did like the crunch of the toasted bread.

At $19 for the two sandwiches, prices clock in at the neighborhood average, though it might be slightly less filling than nearby Torrisi, should you opt for a toastie. All in all, a decent way to cure the lunchtime munchies. But might we suggest adding sticky toffee pudding to the menu for dessert? Helps put a sweet end on any Brit-inspired meal, wouldn’t you say?