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I’ve been hearing rumblings round the office for weeks now, about a man with a cart. A man with a cart who has come up with a formula so simple, yet so brilliant that it’s taking central Bristol (and all of its hungry office workers) by storm. This man is so elusive that people are literally running from the office at 12:15, just to get to him in time!
And what is this man’s magic formula, I hear you cry?
Yep, it really is that simple. Meat…and bread. Sandwiches.
Meat and Bread man (sorry, I don’t know your name) rocked up in Bristol with his little cart and its red and yellow parasol a few weeks ago now, and he’s gone viral.
Every morning Meat and Bread update their Twitter feed with the day’s offerings. They keep it simple with just two choices of sandwich filling, but we’re talking quality rather than quantity here, as these fillings are enough to make Phillpotts want to pack up shop and go home.
You can take a look at their menu here, but on the day I visited the daily specials were Slow Smoked Pork Shoulder with Blueberry BBQ sauce or Home Smoked Beef Hot Dogs with all the trimmings. All of the meat is prepared, cured or smoked by hand, and everything from the bread to the pickles is locally sourced.
We visited on a Friday lunchtime, and despite leaving the office with 15 minutes to spare before Meat and Bread opened, we arrived on College Green to a queue of about 30 people. To put this into perspective we arrived at 12:16, and Meat and Bread had opened at 12:15. These people had obviously been waiting!
Now the only downside to Meat and Bread is the wait, but as we all know, good things come to those who wait. We queued for about half an hour, and were lucky enough to grab the last of the smoked pork shoulder, as well as a couple of the smoked beef hot dogs. Each roll is generously filled and even more generously topped with home made sides and sauces, and for £4.50 a sandwich you really get your money’s worth.
So how did they taste?
Well, to quote my friend @hen_dubz, the hot dog was “…the first smoked beef hotdog I’ve ever had but I can safely say I’m ruined for all hotdogs to come.” Hot dogs (and especially Frankfurter sausages) are one of my guilty pleasures, but there was nothing guilty about this. Meaty, smoky sausage, slathered in Ketchup and American Mustard, topped with onions and gherkins. The pork was equally impressive, and even more so because of the blueberry BBQ sauce (a revelation!)
Basically, Meat and Bread is one of the most exciting things happening right now on the Bristol food scene. Yes, the cult following on Twitter and the elusiveness of the whole thing makes it pretty bloody cool, but more importantly they’re well and truly living up to their mission statement; to serve up the biggest most unique sandwiches in Bristol.
If you want to try Meat and Bread for yourself then make sure you follow them on Twitter (@meatandbreaduk), get there early (he’s usually set up on College Green by the Marriot Hotel) and be prepared to wait. Yes, half an hour may seem like a long time to wait for a sandwich but I promise – it’s SO worth it.