When walking through Peckham during my stay in London, that’s sadly already almost four weeks in the past, I stumbled over a sign in front of a small café announcing they’d make one of the best sandwiches of London and have been awarded by the British Sandwich Association. Yes, that’s right, there’s an official institution, guarding the quality of the British sandwich and their url is, naturally, sandwich.org.uk. I love it.
It reminded me of the Best Butter Croissant competition that’s held annually in Paris, where Sebastien Gaudard came in second, which made me wonder how perfect the first place must be. I’m sure there are equal Wurst-competitions somewhere in Germany, but I’ve not heard of something equal in Berlin (yet?), awarding the best sandwich or soup or whatever.
Anyhow, the little café I saw the sign in front is called Anderson & Co, just opposite of the lovely General Store and the amazing Begging Bowl (just so many more reasons to move to Peckham, if ever moving to London). It’s a café during the day and a restaurant for the night, offering changing menus. During the day it’s a popular breakfast and lunch destination, where we had excellent coffee, scrambled eggs on bread and the porridge with poached figs. Both were as good as it gets, as simple and delicious as one can imagine.
But, the sandwiches. I missed out on taking a decent picture, but I can assure you the award was rightfully earned. They’re made with bread by Brick House, an artisanal sourdough bakery from Peckham, and to be had in various styles – I tried the one with hummus, pickled vegetables and wild herbs and took the one with cheddar and chutney with me on the flight, avoiding the awful plane food (best idea).
With its laid-back style, simple yet delicious (and of course local) food, an easy yet detailed interior style that’s not over-thought and a super friendly service, in short – it’s just another unpretentious London food place I want to transplant to Berlin. Or at least have some people be inspired and open similar places. (With warm porridge, please!)