The people of Hull love a good carvery at one of the city's many restaurants - there are very few that have a bad reputation.

Most have glowing reviews and even the lowest was an average 3.7 out of five from 1,076 Google reviews.

The least loved carvery in Hull is Goodfellowship Inn on Cottingham Road with 60 - one star reviews on TripAdvisor.

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Hull Live headed to the Marstons venue on a Thursday night to see if the reality reflected the reviews.

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There you go, does what it says on the tin
There you go, does what it says on the tin

It was with a little trepidation that we visited the imposing Cottingham Road pub which is described in some of the worst reviews as 'dirty, 'unfriendly', 'low budget' and 'awful'.

First impressions of the bar area were that it was fine, it has a classic chain pub feel, there was a buzz with a few punters enjoying food and drinks and the staff were friendly.

The carvery costs £5.49 and is served seven days a week from 12 noon until 7pm in the evening. That for me is the first red flag if I'm honest.

I'm not wholly trusting of venues that offer carvery the whole week through and for such extended hours but they are here when you need them.

Not much left to carve at the Goodfellowship
Not much left to carve at the Goodfellowship

The carvery is the usual affair in that you grab a ticket from the bar and head over to the serving area and then exchange your ticket for a slice of meat.

We'd been warned at the bar that the selection on our visit had been reduced to just gammon and beef which was fine, what I didn't realise is that meant the very end of a gammon joint and a sliver of beef.

It looked a bit sad to be honest, the chef appeared at the serving area to take the lids off the veg and sides and to cut off a slice of both meats for myself and just beef for my dining partner who wasn't enthused by the look of the gammon.

Veg and sides selection is carrots, peas, broccoli, cauliflower cheese, mashed potato, mashed swede, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and stuffing.

Gravy is kept warm in two vats in the direction of the bar and is ladled onto your own plate, sauce selection is on the table adjacent and is sadly lacking.

A good selection of veg and sides and all kept at a good temperature
A good selection of veg and sides and all kept at a good temperature

First thing to say before I launch into any critique is that I'm bearing in mind that this is a £5.49 meal, even the regular plate is a substantial portion of food.

My dining partner had paid that much for a tapas dish at a popular venue elsewhere in the city and had shelled out near to £80 to feed and water four people.

Our total bill came in at just over £18 for two people to have a carvery dish each and a drink, that is value by any measure.

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The meat was a mixed bag just like the reviews of this pub.

As it turned out the gammon was very well cooked and tasty although there was a slightly discoloured piece where the meat had clearly not been carved for quite a while and had gone a bit dark.

The beef, well one slice was good and tender but the other was as hard as the sole of a shoe, it was difficult to cut through and not particularly nice to try and eat.

The perils of having a carvery open for long hours is that this will happen with the meat, I ended up with the rough end of the stick being first to the counter.

You can fill your boots for £5.49
You can fill your boots for £5.49

Peas and carrots were fine, nothing to write home about but they all tasted okay and were pretty well cooked and were still warm when they made it to the plate.

Cauliflower cheese was a little surprise as it had a bit of a crunch which was appreciated when other venues tend to let it go sloppy.

Mashed potato was good and well mashed, the roasties were also quite good and were cooked to my liking with a bit of crispness on the outside but a fluffy centre.

Yorkshire pudding was nice enough, big but could have done with a bit of seasoning.

Stuffing was atrocious. it came as a small rectangle resembling something you might use as a firelighter.

Hard as a rock and turned into dust when you bit into it even after an attempted rescue operation with an injection of gravy.

The stuffing was not good at all which is sad because I normally love it
The stuffing was not good at all which is sad because I normally love it

All that being said, we cleared our plates (save a section of inedible beef) and the general atmosphere in the pub is fine, its decorated like you expect a pub to be, it even has a wacky carpet to rival a Wetherspoons.

The staff are friendly and welcoming and had those little personal touches that mark out a nice group of people doing the best that they can.

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Little things that might put me off returning are the dirty gravy serving and sauce areas which could do with a bit more staff attention and the lack of mint sauce (unforgivable).

But for £5.90 I might just find myself tempted to return at a time when all the meats are on, I'd probably avoid the stuffing next time around though.