“ Type: Crisps/Snacks „
My favourite sandwich in the world. Cheesy, peppery, oniony, generous amount of mayo. So good. The two different colours of cheese made it easy to find on the shelf. Sadly they don't make them any more.
While at the Hospital visiting someone I went down to the shop to get them a Sandwich and got one for myself as well - why not. I had been working all day, was starving and no site of home for about an hour and a half. Yes, shops at the Hospital tend to have pretty nice food, but at a cost. Why is it so expensive? The only range of Sandwiches was Ginsters, and I had never tried one of their Sandwiches, but know I like their Hot Slices and so on. The pack to this was the standard Sandwich pack. It is a triangle type thin plastic thing, and the 2 halfs of the sandwiches sit in this. Easy enough to take the Sandwich half out of this and heave the other bit in. This has the Ginsters logo on the front in plain view as well as the Filling description which said it was Westcountry farmhouse mature cheddar and red Leicester cheese with spring onion, red onion and seasoned mayonaise on malted brown bread - sounds a bit fancier than double cheese and onion. The taste of this was very nice. Since this came out of a chiller, I always find it best to let a Sandwich settle at room temperature for about 20 minutes. This way the bread doesn't seem to be too hard and I find the filling tastes nicer when just that bit warmer - or not that chilly! The 2 sets of Cheese were nice. There was the tang of 1 cheese and the more subtle, milky taste of the other one. I wouldn't say the Spring onion and red onion was too much, as the Spring onion was just a light scattering, and the red onion provided a tangy sweet taste. The Mayo finished it off nicely with a subtly creamy taste which made the bread not so dry tasting. The only problem was this Sandwich cost me £3.05, which is the most expensive sandwich i've bought. Even Subway isn't that expensive! Yes, there was plenty of eating in this, and it was nice, but far too expensive!
To quote Ginsters' package description: "Westcountry Farmhouse Mature Cheddar and Red Leicester Cheese with Spring Onion, Red Onion and Seasoned Mayonnaise on Malted Brown Bread". PACKAGING: The Ginsters logo in the top left hand corner of this plastic sandwich packet reminds the purchaser that this sandwich is made by the company who are renowned for their quality pasties (although having spent much of my childhood growing up in Cornwall I tend to disagree with this sacrilege to the Cornish pasty!). The infamous slogan "real honest food" appears next to the Ginsters logo, which fair play to them for using it, as the sandwich does taste up to expectation. Labels at the top and bottom of the page in green, black and white indicate the flavour of this sandwich. Presumably green is adopted to acknowledge that this sandwich is vegetarian. The "Suitable for Vegetarians" and "British Cheese" logo's are also included on the front bottom right. The reverse contains a label indicating the nutritional values. INGREDIENTS: Malted Brown Bread (48%), Westcountry Farmhouse Mature Cheddar Cheese (14%), Seasoned Mayonnaise (14%), British Red Leicester Cheese (9%), Red Onion (5%), Onion (5%), Spring Onion (2%). NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: Not good for allergen sufferers. This sandwich contains milk, wheat, barley, gluten, egg and mustard, and may also contain traces of peanuts, nuts and sesame. Each pack contains 498kcal of energy - guideline daily amount is 2000kcal (women) and 2500kcal (men) - so not bad for a lunch filler. This sandwich is also pretty good on other nutritional aspects too, containing just 0.7g of salt (the GDA is 2.4g), and a not too bad 28.4g of fat (GDA is 70g for women; 95g for men). TASTE: These sandwiches are damn tasty. The hidden beauty is that the first sandwich contains the Mature Cheddar with Spring Onion, Red Onion and Mayonnaise; and the second contains the Red Leicester with Spring Onion, Red Onion and Mayonnaise....albeit, the packaging description is therefore somewhat misleading. There is no "double cheese" sandwich! Despite purchasing this sandwich in a WHSmiths at a Train Station, this sandwich did not taste of the somewhat flimsy cardboard that one has come to expect around the UK transport network. They are absolutely crammed with onion and mayonnaise which makes them appear very filling. The different flavours of cheese also make them all the more delicious on the palate. COST: This is the turn off! £3.39 is far too expensive for what is ultimately one round of bread. I appreciate that I bought it at a Train Station and in the UK this seems to ramp up the price by an extra 100% from what the cost would be in a supermarket. However, this is far too much to pay for a sandwich that contains British ingredients and ingredients that are not considered particularly exclusive. Heaven knows what Ginsters charge for their sandwiches containing meat! SUMMARY: A shame that the price is unreasonable as the sandwich is surprisingly impressive. I do generally like Ginsters products, and particularly the way in which they seem to cram as much content as possible into their sandwiches and pasties. However, I would not buy this product again unless I was indeed at a Train Station at 3.30pm in the afternoon having gone without a bite to eat since 6am! If desperate needs call for desperate measures though and you are faced with a shelf of Ginsters sandwiches to pick from, this one would be a very satisfying choice.