The SmokeHouse Deli is based on Cell Barnes Lane on the site of the old Hulse’s greengrocer shop. With a school and lots of family housing nearby it is good news for the local community; when I popped in for breakfast on Saturday morning the café was full of people sharing the large tables and at the window seating. When the weather improves there will be tables outside between the fab retro-tiled pillars.
You can get a decent cup of coffee from their Gaggia machine – the café use London Calling blend, made from 100 per cent arabica beans, which you can also buy in bags to take home. One wall is lined with interesting foodie treats – look out for excellent Humbers Preserves and Sinclair condiments – the Hot Banana Ketchup sounds a little quirky but is not dissimilar to tomato ketchup and is lovely with bacon sandwiches.
There is a good cheese counter with over 20 varieties; Kris told me that the Brie de Meaux is the “best in the world” and has won countless awards – M&S sell it too, but it is much cheaper at The SmokeHouse Deli. They use the brie in the brie and bacon sandwiches. I spotted Wookey Hole cheddar and Colston Bassett Blue Stilton too, which are also huge award-winners. You can also pick up tasty olives and filled peppers.
But the main reason to go to The SmokeHouse Deli is for the home-cooked meats.
The slow-roasted Jacobs ladder beef and pork ribs are cooked for 12 hours and you can buy them to eat in the café with winter slaw, or take home a box to heat up at home.
The café makes its own salt beef, pulled pork and roasted pork loin and belly with fennel; you can buy it sliced from the deli counter or have it in a sandwich.
The sausages are their own recipe and contain black pudding. Breakfast is already proving popular and prices are very reasonable from £3 for a bacon roll to £5.95 for six items.