Author Archive | Nellie

Hot Sandwich from the Earl of Sandwich

Well Bread

The Earl of Sandwich could be looking at “a big pot of gold” with his new London sandwich bar, if some of the initial teething troubles are sorted out. ‘Going into trade’ was apparently one of the worst things an aristocrat could ever do, along with “buying your own furniture” as the late Tory politician […]

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Fresh Baguettes

Coffee Pret Kitchen

Pret has announced new openings for its new concept, Coffee Pret Kitchen, aimed at giving the sandwich chain access to smaller towns. But Nellie Nichols has some misgivings about the food range and the shop design. In my younger days I had a more cavalier approach to life and a tendency to behave in a […]

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Sainsbury's New Fresh Kitchen

Sainsbury’s Fresh Kitchen

Sainsbury’s has taken a radical step with the opening of its new freshly-made sandwich bar format, Fresh Kitchen. Nellie Nichols went along to see how the new concept measures up against the very best. Nearly twenty years ago, the walk from Temple tube station to Fleet Street used to be part of my daily journey […]

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Moo Grill Spitalfields

Plenty to Moo About

New international sandwich concepts are arriving thick and fast in London, now surely the sandwich capital of the world. Nellie Nichols chases up one of the recent arrivals – the Argentinian Lomito, at the recently opened Moo Grill in Spitalfields. What an insular sandwich bubble I’ve been living in. I thought I had come across […]

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The Mexican Way

Chipotle has been a ‘must’ stop off for sandwich designers on ‘new retail trends’ tours, since it opened in London recently. Is all the fuss justified? Nellie Nichols joined the queue to find out. I don’t ever want to go to Mexico, I think it’s a texture thing. I can only visit a country if […]

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On Another Planet

Planet Organic has launched a range of organic sandwiches – Filling Station – in its London stores. Nellie Nichols went along to sample the new offerings. Although I care passionately about what I eat and where it comes from, I’m afraid I do sit very comfortably on the organic fence. I buy organic milk because […]

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Food Porn in Fitzrovia

The best independent coffee shops are starting to counter the blandness of high street chains with inspiring offers. In the vanguard of the movement is Peter Dore-Smith’s Kaffeine in Great Titchfield Street, London, where the food is as fantastic as the coffee. Nellie Nichols meets the ‘true coffee Messiah’. I must admit I rather admire […]

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Mooli Madly Deeply

Now and again, the sandwich business takes a major leap forward with the advent of an inspirational new concept or innovation. Mooli’s, a roti-based, Indian-inspired operation, represents just such a breakthrough, says Nellie Nichols. The remarkable and unpredictable come along far less often now in our so safe food world. Those flashes of simple, inspiring […]

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Pardoe & Wood

Georgina Wood, a former NPD Controller for Hazlewoods and more recently Head of Food at EAT, has opened a sandwich bar with Jenny Murphy, an area manager of five years’ standing at EAT. Nellie Nichols went along to find out if this dream team is producing a dream product. The City of London’s skyline changed […]

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Salad and sandwich bars have multiplied in recent years, buoyed up by the surge in healthy and light eating. Tossed is up there with the most successful. Nellie Nichols went to visit the founder Vincent McKeritt, BS (Batchelor of Salad), with his seventh unit about to open. My first salad memory is of Butter lettuce, […]

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