I have a confession! When it comes to picking somewhere to grab a sandwich in Newcastle at lunchtime I can be a little lazy. Quite often I'll find myself heading to the nearest boring sandwich chain to pick up something, even though it's food I've had a billion times before.
We have so many wonderful independent sandwich shops, delis, bakeries and coffee shops in Newcastle it's an absolute crime not to venture into them more often.
The newest kid on the block is Sloppy Joe's who you will find in Grainger Market. Sloppies (as I'm now affectionately allowing myself to call them) are a sandwich and deli bar serving up delicious local produce in bread freshly baked by their Granger Market neighbours, the French Oven.
You will find everything you could possibly want for your lunch from their classic paninis, baguettes and salads to "build your own" sandwiches. The counter has a huge range of fillings to choose from including chorizo, pastrami, shredded beef, tuna, BBQ pork and chicken.
If breakfast is more your thing you will find a really reasonably priced and delicious breakfast menu serving up Thick Wedge Eggy Bread and a variety of breakfast muffins along with hot drinks, coolies and smoothies.
Being a bit of a lover of food I was really happy when Sloppies invited me to their launch night on Friday to sample some of their delicious offerings for myself. After an amusing time trying to "break in" to the Grainger Market to attend the after hours event which resulted in Simon and I having to squeeze our way through a tiny gap in a gate, we were starving and ready for some food.
There was a variety of things for us to try so we really enjoyed getting stuck in.
The baguettes were gorgeous, the combination of fillings were spot on and the bread had a lovely crust and a soft middle, just the way I like it! We were particularly fond of the hot fillings that are served in the speciality "Joey Bap". We sampled the Beef Sloppy Joe - slow cooked mince with onions, tomatoes and peppers and the Chicken Sloppy Joe - Cajun chicken breast marinated in spices before being served with either Cajun-slaw or salad and homemade sauce. I will admit we visited the hot fillings a few times.