Doorstop or crispy ciabatta - the best Suffolk sandwiches
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This week is National Sandwich week and to celebrate the lunchtime staple we bring you a list of ten of the best Suffolk sarnie shops.
Which is your top recommendation? Do you have a favourite cafe or a particular sandwich that you always go for? Share your suggestions in our comments section below.
St Nicholas Stores
The Ipswich sandwich shop is a favourite of reporter Gemma Mitchell.
She said: “I like it because you can pick what you want and the ingredients are really fresh and delicious. The Carmen is a personal favourite – halloumi, chorizo, rocket and sweet chilli.”
Charlotte Smith-Jarvis votes for Fergusons Deli in Hadleigh.
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She said: “It bursts with local and artisanal products and also makes some of the best proper ‘doorstep’ sandwiches around. Using fresh bread, delivered that morning from Lavenham, the team cut big wedges and fill with whatever takes your fancy from the deli counter.
“From perfectly kept salamis, to proper savoury extra mature cheddar, Suffolk ham, olives, and a huge range of chutneys and relishes, they really are some of the most generous and delicious sarnies around.”
Take in the views of Ipswich Waterfront while you enjoy a sandwich at Colours Café, suggests Matt Stott.
He said: “It is delicious. They offer wraps and sandwiches with various fillings.
“You can also eat outside in the sun admiring unattainable sailing boats.”
The Common Room
Callum Maclean, east Suffolk reporter likes this spot in Framlingham.
He said: “Good sandwiches, nice atmosphere and friendly staff with both eat in and takeaway options, what more could you ask for?”
He added: “They also offer good breakfasts.”
Cult Café Bar
Another Ipswich haunt but this one is a little unusual.
Victoria Richman said: “Cult is perhaps better known for its burgers and poutine, but they also have a deli counter with freshly made sandwiches.
“There is lots of choice and generous portions.”
The Abbeygate Picturehouse
This venue in the heart of Bury St Edmunds has an amazing cafe, says Martine Silkstone.
She said: “The Abbeygate, in Hatters Street, does a delicious warm goats cheese and caramalised onion sandwich in a long toasted roll – yum!
“There are others but I haven’t tried them.
This tearoom on the lovely St Peter’s Street in Ipswich was the winner of the best cafe/tearoom category in the EADT Food and Drink Awards 2016.
The menu changes quite regularly, and at the moment they have a goat’s cheese, slow roasted red pepper and rocket ciabatta which is delicious and has an Italian feel.
You can sit in the lovely garden area and pretend you’re in the Mediterranean, sort of.
Bakes & Blossoms
Also worthy of a mention is the Brantham café.
The sandwiches are not only tasty but huge and come with generous portions of crisps and salad.
A top recommendation is the prawn mayonnaise baguette, but the breakfast bacon butties are pretty good too.
Another top pick in the centre of Bury St Edmunds is The Lounge.
Also in Hatters Street, it does a great selection of sandwiches, on granary or white bread, which can be toasted.
Martine said: “My favourite is the turkey and avocado salad on granary but my daughter loves the cheese and ham toastie. They also have a variety of paninis. All choices come with a small side salad and crisps with a dip.”
Nicola Warren said: “I love the Firestation on Woodbridge Thoroughfare.
“The café, run by the same family as the nextdoor Cake Shop Bakery, offers fresh, exciting lunch options, with bread from the bakery. I recently had the hummus and pitta bread, which was complemented by zingy homemade salad – not a soggy lettuce leaf in sight!”