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Posted in News, Reviews by thesandwichclub on January 7, 2014

Danish Monster 6.2% IPA

Part of the Celt Experience ‘Shapeshifter’ series, an exceptional beer from an exceptional brewery.

Celt Shapeshifters Danish Monster

Celt Shapeshifters Danish Monster

Angry Collaboration – with a twist of lemon from CeltExperience on Vimeo.


Can’t wait to see the results of their collaboration with Hang Fire Smokehouse.


Hang Fire Smokehouse

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on January 6, 2014

Pulled pork has been on top of our favourite eats ever since we started the club in 2009. Since then we’ve sampled this porky delight at venues across England and the USA. Despite this, we reckon that some of the best barbecue around is being dished up right on our doorstep, here in Wales.

The ladies at Hang Fire Smokehouse have been serving up their “southern style barbecue” for about a year now, mainly at The Canadian pub in Splott, but also at various pop up stalls and events.


Hang Fire Ribs at the Blues, Brews & BBQ night

We caught up with Hang Fire at two of their most recent events. Firstly their Blues, Brews & BBQ night at The Full Moon, serving up hot, smokey racks of ribs with American beers and fine grain liquor. Secondly at The Canadian pub, their last event held there (and The Sandwich Club’s unofficial works Christmas party), saw the full Hang Fire menu being devoured, including several sides of burnt ends!

Both occasions have been a true delight and it’s so exciting to finally have someone serving up great barbecue food in Cardiff, even more so given that it puts some bigger names in bigger cities to shame.

We’ll be bringing you a full write up of Hang Fire when they reopen at their new home The Landsdowne pub in February. Until then catch up with their story so far on their website here.

Burger Wrapping Paper

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on March 28, 2012

Burger Wrapping Paper – @GiftCouture


In pictures: Salami Crackling at Fresh

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on February 13, 2012

Last week I was fortunate enough to try the latest addition to the specials board at Fresh Baguette – Salami crackling. Fresh is located in Royal Arcade Cardiff and at lunch time is hard to miss as customers line the arcade queuing to order. This is for good reason, the inviting smell and welcome atmosphere coupled with an impressive menu selection has generated a real cult following.

Virginia Gentleman VG 90 Bourbon Chipotle Hot Sauce X Pulled Pork

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on December 6, 2011

Good friends Martyn and Maia came to visit this week from Virginia in the USA. They’ve been there for about a year and a half now and the last time I saw them was when I was Martyn’s Best Man at their wedding out there.

Martyn and Maia obviously know we’re big foodies and sandwich fans and were kind enough to bring over with them on this trip some Virginia Gentleman VG 90 Bourbon Chipotle Hot Sauce and a set of napkins depicting the state bird, the cardinal, and the state tree and flower, the dogwood. Both items were bought from Market Street Market, which we reviewed on a previous post compiled on the same trip to the States for the wedding, and can be read here.

Here’s the sauce:

and here’s the napkins:

All of these things can only mean one thing, coming soon… THE SANDWICH CLUB DO PULLED PORK ROUND II !!!


Cafe Kino, Bristol

Posted in News, Reviews by thesandwichclub on September 20, 2011

We recently made a long overdue trip to Bristol. The primary purpose of our journey was to see Kurt Vile playing at the The Fleece (who was excellent) but also as an attempt to sample some of the local eateries.

It seems we didn’t head to Bristol earlier enough and after exploring Park Street, Stokes Croft and St Nicholas Market we were a bit late for the lunchtime sandwich trade. A special mention should go to St Nicholas Market which contained some amazing looking food stalls and cafe’s especially the gloriously titled Sourdough Cafe, this alone justifies a return trip to Bristol!

After a fair bit of walking we settled on Cafe Kino, just opposite The Crofts music venue, which from the outside looked very welcoming. We both went for the spicy option of the Kino Burger. This was a lovingly crafted home made burger that came with mayo, salad, a fennel seed relish, home made ketchup and an option of chips. The price was very good,  £4.00 burger or £5.80 avec des frites.


We would highly recommend this, the food service and atmosphere were all excellent and from the posters on the inside there seemed to be regular events on there as well. The only disappointment was that the burger had zero spice to it, despite going for the spicy option!

Cafe Kino

St Nicholas Market

Sourdough Cafe

Lost in translation

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on September 16, 2011

I’m not going to name the place, but I’ll say this, it was in Wales and it was NOT a Chinese.

The main meal was great and when the dessert menu came around quite a few things caught my eye.  A sponge band? Topped with milk? Maybe I’m not reading it right, but I still like the way I’m reading it before anyone says otherwise. Then there was the fluff white chocolate on a layer of crunch. Any takers? What’s one of those?

As funny as these are without doubt the best part of the menu was the drinks. Coffee £1.80 and liquid coffee £3.50. Someone please explain. You can have a banana or pineapple FITTER for £3.50. I guess that’s cheaper than your average IKEA fitter, but here they are limiting their trade to just fitting bananas and pineapples. Finally, a random picture of some one horned monster for the kids. Without doubt my favourite menu. Good work.

Gourmet Scoffs, Bath

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on September 8, 2011

This post is long overdue. San Pellegrino Orange was my drink for the summer. I discovered it for the first time when visiting Scoffs a while back and I wanted to share the delights of this drink. Well, summer is officially over but I’m still going to say “you should try this drink”. I don’t know why its better than Sunkist but it just is. Without getting too carried away with myself, neither compare to the greatness of original San Pellegrino from a glass bottle.

For its size Bath has a well stocked supply of café’s and deli’s. This proved difficult when deciding where to head for a sandwich. Fortunately on this day I was guided by someone in the know who took me to Scoffs. Located near the river Avon opposite Parade Gardens the shop front looks like an inviting place. The kind that doesn’t need to use some flash banner to attract custom because its the locals that use this venue for their sandwich staple.

On this occasion and if I’m honest, whenever I see Pastrami on the menu board, a Reuben on brown was ordered. As the sun was out I thought it would be ideal to park on a bench in Parade Gardens and have lunch. Error, £1 entry for non-residents! Paying to get into a park? Say wha? This seems a bit of a joke.  I think the council are milking the tourists a bit too dry with that. Anyway, the view from the park wall was good enough and the sandwich more than made up for my displeasure at the £1 entry. If your in Bath and hungry for a sandwich, head to Scoffs for some excellent sandwiches and a friendly vibe.

Swansea Budget Eats

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on August 28, 2011

The Guardian’s thoughts on Swansea’s top 10 budget eats:

Swansea Budget Eats

We’d love to hear your suggestions…

Here’s our previous visit to Joe’s Ice Cream in Swansea

Popeye The Sailor Man

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on August 12, 2011

Great news about a new Popeye inspired cookbook out next year. The publishers say that the book is made up of healthy recipes based on the characters of the Popeye cartoon and follows on from last year’s Moomin’s Cookbook.

Full details can be found on the publishers websites:

Self Made Hero

Our possible suggestions for further books in the series include:

  • The Wombles: A Guide to Forraging
  • Sweeny Todd’s Ultimate Book of Pies
  • Bananaman’s Top 50 Banana Recipes
  • Offaly-Good Meals: Hannibal Lecters Guide to Cooking Offal
  • The Flintstones: cooking in the early years
  • MASH – cooking with mash
  • Silence of the lambs – a guide to slow roasting