Friday, 23 January 2009
The Sandwichist - The SandwichMan's 65p Sandwiches in Clerkenwell
January is tough, so this month I have been trying to cut back. I've been guzzling tins of perfectly edible Waitrose soup which never cost more than a pound. In fact most are around the 40-60p mark. So it made sense for this month's Sandwichist column to follow the same tack.
Thanks to some nice people over on Chowhound I found The SandwichMan, over on Easton Street (23 - 34 Easton Street, London, WC1X 0DS).
The SandwichMan has a novel business model. It was set up 20 years ago by a lovely man called James Hill who you can see below.
They send bikes out around the offices of London, heavily laden with freshly made sandwiches. (You can sign your office up here by the way.) The sandwiches they deliver on their rounds are really very good for the price (£2-2.50). And on days when it's raining or a bit cold they sell out completely.
The bikes then return to their depot in Clerkenwell where the remaining sandwiches are sold off at a cut down price of 65p. Apparently they are the lifeblood of the Amnesty Interns who work nearby as well as saving the workers at Mt Pleasant sorting office from starving as well.
The number of left over sandwiches was staggering on the day we visited. We almost had a full array of flavours including Emmental Bagels
Beef and Horseradish
I recommend their Chorizo Cob and have heard on the sandwichvine that their Chicken Piri Piri and Mexican Tuna bad boys are the ones to watch out for.
Whist I wouldn't describe the sandwiches as being the world's best, at 65p a go, you really can't complain. They are freshly made and very good value. Just avoid anything with too much salad as it doesn't stand up to being kept in cellophane very well. For more sandwich analysis please pop over to Londonist to read the full review.