The Sandwich Box
The Sandwich Box: Best bread in Cheltenham?
What we have here is a family-owned business. The baker is Dominic Salter who runs a pretty good sour dough and comes up with the (baked) goods on a reliable basis. Head down the steps, turn left for ready made sandwiches or turn right for bread off the shelf. Bread is only available here Tuesdays to Fridays, with the best selection on a Friday. You still have to be quick , even on a Friday, to get some in, especially the basic overnight white, which is the best in Cheltenham. I would say the best in Gloucestershire, but I haven’t tried them all, have I? Neither have you. On the other hand Dominic Salter did win Baker of the Year 2016 (Baking Industry Awards).
Sandwiches are made ad hoc to requirements. The fillings and salads are much better than average at The Sandwich Box – they keep an eye on seasonality and the fillings are made by humans. There are queues, which is a good thing.
Bread includes ciabatta, focaccia and pittas, rolls and loaves. They won’t sell you pittas unless you’re ordering one filled for takeaway. In terms of buyable bread you might find, on a typical visit Overnight White (entry level), San Francisco (white with sourdough starter), large White Sourdough, a Malthouse Sourdough (sourdough starter and long fermentation), a Seeded Sourdough, Imperial Wild (with rue, spelt, wholemeal). You might also find one-offs such as bread with Japaleno and Cheddar or sun-dried tomatoes. The house basic flour is Shipton Mill, a Cotswold organic specialist and baking actually takes place in Stonehouse at the family’s other site.
The in-house music policy is a pretty sussed mix of hip hop and metal (admittedly that’s on a random sample basis. Maybe they listen to Steps when I’m not there). If you surprise the staff off guard, you sometimes catch them singing. Which is also a good thing.