Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Local Eat Treats #17 Cheltenham’s Hidden Gem for a Sarnie

Earlier this year I attended a bread making course which was taught by Dom Salter of The Sandwich Box in Cheltenham. You can read about my bread making exploits here. I’d never heard of The Sandwich Box before that day, but I knew that if the bread I took home with me (made with my own fair hands with lots of instruction and help) was good enough to devour all in one sitting, then Dom’s must be out of this world. Unfortunately for us weekday workers, The Sandwich Box is only open Monday-Friday and caters for those who are in the town centre (it’s right opposite the Town Hall); so I’ve had to wait all these months (five – and yes I’ve been counting) for a day off that was void of any plans at lunch time.  

Now, when I call this place a hidden gem, what I mean is it’s hidden away, but that doesn’t mean people don’t know about it. The queue often stretches beyond the door with people popping in for what has to be – the best sarnie in town!

All the bread is made in-house daily and there’s plenty of fillings to choose from with a special each day. On the day I popped in it was Hog Roast, which was perfect seeing as Kingsley had asked for something meaty! So that was Kingsley sorted. I went for the Italian toasted ciabatta, which is filled with mozzarella, pesto, tomato and a twist of pepper. I had to test out the cake too (it’s all part and parcel of being a food blogger) so I picked a slice of Carrot Cake.

Kingsley waited outside in the car for me, we set off, and it was only one minute into our journey home when we both started salivating because of the smell of fresh bread filling the air.

That bread is perfection.

Obviously I made the best choice, because any sandwich containing a tonne of melted cheese is going be a winner; but the bread really stole the show (as expected): A rustic texture and a distinctive sour ciabatta flavour.

Unlike me, Kingsley was on a healthy day, so couldn’t have the stuffing and BBQ sauce that usually comes with the hog roast, so he had it on brown bread with salad. He was really keen, like me, to try Dom’s bread and it did not disappoint. It was so light and fluffy.

If only I could be a kept woman and pop there for lunch every day…

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