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From lobster wraps to smoked beef buns - 19 of East Anglia’s best sandwiches

PUBLISHED: 19:27 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:46 22 May 2018

An open sandwich with prawns  Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Sink your teeth into one of these beauties for British Sandwich Week.

In celebration of this week, dedicated to the humble sarnie, we’ve picked out some of the most scrumptious bready delights you can lock lips with in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Timberhill Bakery, Norwich

Behold the vegan breakfast toastie at this bakery – where the team only use natural and organic ingredients. This little beaut’ is laden with rosemary vegan sausages, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and mustard mayo – all encased in the bakery’s own chia and flax seed sourdough. There’s a whole raft of yummy tartines (open sandwiches) and toasted on the regular menu, including a huge selection for veggies and vegans.

The Unruly Pig, Bromeswell

Indulge the little piggy in you at this multi award-winning gastropub, where The Unruly Cheese Melt, made with the finest, oozing cheeses, is topped off with a generous portion of smoked pork. With a portion of chips and a glass of wine, it’s an indulgent lunch!

Jarrold, The Exchange, Norwich

Yes, yes, yes please to the freshly baked confit garlic focaccia with onion marmalade, pulled duck and fried egg!

The Eel’s Foot, Eastbridge

Bring your appetite to this pub, perched overlooking RSPB Minsmere. The Eel’s Foot Special is a belly-busting plate of thick toast topped with rarebit made with Adnams Blackshire Stout, either field mushroom, smoked haddock or treacle and wholegrain mustard ham, and finished with a poached egg. Oh – it comes with handcut chips too.

Back to the Garden, Holt

Beautiful, seasonal and organic ingredients where possible form the basis of the menus here. We rather like the sandwich of smashed avocado, chilli and lemon – add Cley smoked salmon or smoked streaky bacon for a bit extra.

No4 Abbeygate, Bury St Edmunds

While you’re waiting for the latest flick to start at this independent cinema, don’t miss out on one of the incredible sandwiches in the café/restaurant. The panino Cubano is a Miami classic of slow-cooked pork, bacon, pickles, Swiss cheese, mayo and yellow mustard, served on proper Cuban bread with a tangy cranberry-infused red cabbage slaw on the side.

The Picnic Hut, Wells

There are crab sandwiches and there are crab sandwiches – this place is known for its version, made with crab caught freshly off the coast of Wells each morning. The cakes are yummy too.

Gastronome, Bury St Edmunds

Portions are more than generous at this brand new bar and restaurant, which has an emphasis on flavour and fun. The El Camino packs a punch, sandwiching Spanish omelette, garlic aioli and Serrano ham between slices of rustic bread from award-winners Woosters Bakery.

Bocadillo, North Walsham

Only home-cooked local meats and fresh local salads and veg make it into this sandwich bar’s creations. A classic, and something the place is known for, is its hog roast baguettes, laden with apple sauce, stuffing and crackling.

Ferguson’s Deli, Hadleigh

These are doorstoppers- and we mean it. Julie’s sandwiches are huge. So big you could have one half for lunch and the other for dinner. Only prime ingredients such as the finest charcuterie, home cooked chicken, fresh salad and local pickles and chutneys go into the sarnies – made with bread delivered from Lavenham each day. Try the chicken, chorizo and chilli jam.

Byfords, Holt

Look no further than here for posh cheese on toast. The kitchen blends Norfolk-made Binham Blue, Norfolk Dapple and Wells Alpine fromages and smothers them over chunky, hand-cut brown toast. It comes with a zippy apple and mint chutney and salad.

Twyfords, Beccles

If you want a real treat it has to be this café’s Big Beef Bun. We’re talking smoked, slowly cooked local beef brisket encased in toasted brioche with smoky barbecue sauce with crunchy tumbleweed onions and fries.

Nine Jars, Haverhill

They do sandwiches a little bit differently here. Take, for example, the Bombay Baguette of tikka chicken in baguette with chilli jam and raita. Homemade slaw and chunky chips come on the side.

The Bildeston Crown, Bildeston

Chef/patron Chris Lee does nothing by halves – so expect lunchtimes to be decidedly different. Where else can you get a wrap filled with lobster Caesar and bacon?

Earsham Street Deli, Bungay

This award-winning deli uses produce from its shelves and counters to create simply delicious sandwiches. Ideal for this time of year is the blend of Pinney’s smoked fish pate, cucumber and avocado.

The Feed, Norwich Market

Help raise money for The Feed while sating those lunchtime hunger pangs. A favourite has been the classic Reuben – a stack of local pastrami from Coxfords butchers, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and rocket.

The Wild Blackberry Café, Bromeswell

Mmm mmm. There’s nothing bland about the sandwich menu at this café, based at Swann’s Nursery. We liked the vegetarian panini filled with homemade lemony hummus, Stokes chilli jam, toasted almonds and diced red peppers.

Norfolk Deli, Hunstanton

Legendary for its sandwiches, this deli really goes to town on them and has some pretty quirky descriptions too (The Hunny Whale, The Beached Whale etc). Go for something different by choosing the Sabich – smoked aubergine, hummus, egg and gherkin.

The Grazing Sheep, Ipswich

Stoke yourself up for the day with The Full Monty – an English muffin loaded with sausage, mushroom, tomato, bacon and poached egg.


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