“ Sandwich & Juice bar (take-away and eat-in) / Address: 70 Mardol, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1PZ / Tel: 01743 359783 „
It was Mum's birthday and after visiting Nan & Granddad, we headed to Shrewsbury to do some shopping. First things first though, we were hungry! However, Mum didn't want too much, so a big pub meal was out of the question. Walking the streets we found Taste of Shrewsbury on Mardol. We'd walked past the place many times but had never been in.
Taste of Shrewsbury is a sandwich & juice bar where you can take-away or eat in. With this cold weather we decided to eat in. There is a menu situated in the window by the door, so you can see if there's something you fancy before going in. I could see their specials board through the window and decided to go with one of their "Soups of the Day" - Thick vegetable soup. Mum decided on the same and we went in.
Inside, the counter runs the length of the shop and also runs across the back of it. There were 3 or 4 tables along one wall and a sign saying that there's more seating upstairs. We approached the counter and we were asked if we were eating in or taking out, to which we replied "eating in". We were then handed a couple of menus to look at. We'd already decided on what we were eating, so we just had to decide on drinks. Mum went with a green tea, while I decided on a Fentiman's Shandy (a weird drink to have with soup, but that's me!). They informed us they'd only got 1 portion of the thick vegetable soup left, but then gave us a couple of other soup options that weren't even on the board... So I stuck with the thick vegetable soup, while Mum decided on the leek & potato soup. We were also given the option of a baguette with the soup and a choice between seeded or white. Not being fans of seeded bread, we both went with white. In total it came to around £8 or £9 and we were handed a wooden spoon with a number on to put on the table. We then headed up the narrow stairs to the room with more seating.
At this point, I will point out that this sandwich & juice bar is situated in one of Shrewsbury's older buildings and so the stairs will not be suitable for everyone.
The room upstairs was one with old wooden panelling and paintings, quite a contrast to the bright white shop downstairs. The 8 or so tables seemed to be scattered around the room rather than in any kind of order. With 3 tables already being taken, we sat at one by one of the two or three windows over-looking the street. At the 3 tables were a party of around 10 people... They were obviously being served before us and so we got to see their food first... and it all looked delicious. Somebody had ordered soup, others had ordered baguettes and some had ordered baked potatoes... All looked lovely. As their food was being served, the lad who had taken our order downstairs came over and apologised for the wait and that they were just getting that large order out of the way first, but we'd only been sat there 5 minutes or so, so we didn't mind at all.
Our drinks arrived first and not long after, our soups arrived. The soup (I would say home-made) was in a deep bowl which sat on a plate with a baguette cut in half. A pot of butter was also supplied for us. My soup was delicious and the baguette had that "just baked" look and taste about it (I know I'm not supposed to eat bread, but it looked so nice!). Mum enjoyed her soup too. The portion size was just right... Not too much that you leave any, but just enough to satisfy your hungry tummy.
Other items on the menu include baguettes (sausage, bacon, brie & grape, roast beef & horseradish sauce, roast mediterranian veg & hummus, and plenty of other options including "classic" ones such as ham & cheese or tuna mayo), sandwiches (similar fillings), salad boxes, baked potatoes (the usual fillings) and paninis (plenty of fillings to choose from, such as tuna swiss melt, turkey with cranberry & brie, and these come with Tyrrels crisps & salad).
Drinks include the usual (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water, fizzy drinks etc) as well as milkshakes (strawberry, chocolate or banana), as well as a range of smoothies and juices made to order.
When needing lunch or a snack whilst in Shrewsbury, we'll definitely consider going to Taste of Shrewsbury again. The prices are very reasonable (between £2.50 & £3 for a baguette, between £2.15 & £3 for a baked potato, from £3.50 for a salad box, £3.25 for a panini and from £2.75 for homemade soup of the day. Each staff member was friendly, courtese and helpful, asking if there was anything else they could get you and if everything was OK, also apologising for the wait, even though it was only a few minutes! Also, the place was clean & tidy.
Taste of Shrewsbury also offer a telephone order and delivery service, which is very handy if you happen to work in Shrewsbury and don't have time to go out & get lunch.
You can find Taste of Shrewsbury on Mardol in the town centre.
70 Mardol, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1PZ.