Spencer's Jolly Posh British and Irish Foods started with bangers (sausages) and bacon, and now those delicious meats, along with so much more, are all available in Nick Spencer's first store. In addition to tea, toffee, HP sauce, and other classic British and Irish food, Spencer’s started offering hot sandwiches on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.
The sandwiches, made popular at the local farmer's markets, include the banger sandwich, back-bacon sandwich, double decker sandwich (two sausages), and of course the Full Monty (bacon and bangers); they are sold for between $4.50 and a reasonable $9. The sandwiches are made to order every Saturday and Sunday. Patrons can add such toppings as a delicious meaty black pudding, a more delicate white pudding, cheddar cheese, Stilton cheese, and Guinness caramelized onions.
Another increasingly popular hot menu item is the sausage roll, which can be eaten either warm or cold. This dish starts with one of Spencer's traditional pork sausages, and is encased in puff pastry, creating one of the most unique hot dogs in the city. Owner Nick Spencer suggests not only warming this doggie up but also slicing the puff pastry open and adding a dash of HP sauce.
These hot sandwiches join the menu alongside some other decidedly British lunches, including a handful of cold sandwiches that can be found in the refrigerated case but still be made to order. Tom, who works at Spencer's Jolly Posh Foods, says the Ploughman's is one of his favorites. The vegetarian sandwich comes on thick granary bread and the toppings include homemade Guinness caramelized onions, Branston pickle relish, sliced tomatoes, and fresh arugula.
One of his other favorite sandwiches includes the Full Monty with a bit of black pudding added. Tom thinks it creates the perfect combination: the saltiness from the bacon with the dry subtle flavor of black pudding. As he said, it's "crazy and beautiful."
Both the black pudding and white pudding is available for purchase as well. Nick Spencer calls the black pudding "encased heaven." It's a bit drier, meatier, and a stronger flavor than the white pudding, which is made with oats, pork, and breadcrumbs. Both are made through a local producer and add just the right amount of flavor to any sandwich. Or go ahead and eat them on their own, because they are just that good; Nick recommends a side of beans.
While hot sandwiches are now available at Spencer's Jolly Posh Foods, it is also a grocery store and the perfect place to stock up on any British food that your heart may fancy.
© Elizabeth SanFilippo 2012
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