Gourmet sandwiches in Hertfordshire: 7 of the best places to go
PUBLISHED: 12:09 22 March 2017
Forget uninspiring sandwiches from the supermarket, we think Hertfordshire could be home to some of the tastiest sarnies in the east of England. In no particular order, we pick 7 of the best cafés and delis to grab a delicious gourmet sandwich
1. George Street Canteen, St Albans
Nestled amongst the quiet backstreets of St Albans under the watchful eye of the Abbey, you’ll find the George Street Canteen. Inside you can expect industrial chic interiors and bench seating – perfect for family dining. If you fancy a spot of al fresco feasting there is plenty of outside seating for soaking up the sun.
George Street Canteen has an enviable sandwich menu. Meaty options include the classic BLT with creamy crushed avocado and the George Street club, triple toasted with smokey bacon, chicken and egg. All sarnies are served with a choice of freshly baked rustic brown or white bread from a local supplier, and a generous serving of pickle and coleslaw. Feeling extra peckish? Order the baked sweet potato wedges with a sour cream dip. The diet can start on Monday.
2. Hatch on the Hill, St Albans
Newly opened Hatch on the Hill has only been feeding hungry diners with tasty gourmet sandwiches since the start of 2017. Served until 5pm, the sandwich menu has a generous range of Hatch special sarnies to get the taste buds tingling – most notably the Dirty Reuben; a toasted sandwich with homemade salt beef, gherkins, emmental cheese and topped with a fried egg. If you’re feeling a boozy brunch to start the weekend, you can add an espresso Martini to your Dirty Reuben for £11.50, all in.
Hatch on the Hill has a trendy, laidback vibe – think exposed brick walls, solid wood floors and Scandi-style furniture.
3. Chilli B’s, Hitchin
Calling all sarnie aficionados; Chilli B’s has one of the largest sandwich selections in Hertfordshire to get your chops around. The menu lists over thirty aptly named specials, including ‘The Italian Job’ with creamy mozerella, sundried tomatoes and basil, ‘Bangkok Nights’ with Thai chicken and sweet chilli sauce, and the ‘Starsky and Hutch’ with Cajun chicken, emmental cheese and sweet chilli sauce to name a few!
The hot griddled sandwiches are the perfect winter warmer, or try one of the American club sandwiches in the summer, filled with a choice of cold meats, salad, veg and condiments. Just make sure you’re wearing your stretchy trousers…
4. Flourish Craft Bakery, Watford
This may be one of Watford’s best kept secrets but we couldn’t keep it to ourselves any longer. Tucked away in an unassuming industrial estate, Flourish Craft Bakery has gone from humble beginnings to a successful artisan bakery and its patrons are now queuing out the door for tasty sandwiches and other freshly baked goods.
Its menu has an extensive range of filling sandwiches that can be taken away to be enjoyed at your desk, or savoured during a lazy lunch in the bakery’s café. Options include traditional favourites (smoked salmon with cream cheese; and glazed gammon and cheddar), and inventive creations (smoked onion marmalade, grilled halloumi and smashed avocado). Either way, you might need an afternoon nap when you’re done
5. d20 Board Game Café, Watford
Enjoy a board game as much as you love a sandwich? d20 Board Game Café in Watford has a selection of hot and cold sandwiches on the menu, and an even bigger selection of board games to enjoy while you tuck in – great fun for the whole family (just don’t bring the Monopoly out).
From falafel and salsa, to pastrami and mustard, there are plenty of sandwich fillings to sate the appetite of any hungry gamer and a range of hot drinks to go with them.
The board game library is charged at £1.50 per person for an hour’s gaming, or £3.50 for four hours of game-play if you eat and drink in the café.
6. South Street Pantry, Bishop’s Stortford
The South Street Pantry has an extensive list of tea and what goes well with tea? A satisfying sandwich, naturally. Take a seat in this cosy vintage café while your tea brews away, and have a nosey at the gourmet sandwiches on the menu where you’ll find high tea classics such as egg mayonnaise and salmon and cream cheese.
After something slightly different? The warm open bagel menu features lots of hearty toppings: poached egg and mushrooms; avocado and bacon; and roasted red peppers with hummus and basil pesto.
Cosy village pub The Fox at Willian makes for the perfect rural escape after a ramble through the Herts countryside. Mentioned as one of our top dining pubs in the county, The Fox serves tempting dishes made with locally sourced, seasonally changing ingredients.
Gourmet sandwiches on the lunch menu come with homemade crisps and dressed leaves and feature fillings such as Cajun spiced chicken, red onion and a sweet chilli and lime mayonnaise; or a hearty char grilled steak with rocket and chimichurri – great for a post-walk refuel!