The Windsor Delicatessen is almost like a hidden gem, tucked away in a backstreet just a stones throw from Chapel Street but known to the locals who flock to it daily. Situated at 33 Hornby St (corner James and Hornby Streets), Windsor, it's open 7 days a week from 7am (except Sunday - from 8am) till 4.30pm, but closes a half-hour earlier on the Monday and Wednesday.
A local hangout where you'll find a stream of faithfuls who keep coming back to this cosy little corner; it's no wonder as it exudes cosy neighbourhood warmth and charm and staff whom seem to know their regular customers in greeting. Close to the local park and primary school, you'll find mums popping in for coffee, babies in tow in prams, along with others who pop in for a quick lunch. There's seating outside and inside, though not a huge lot, seems to work for the clientele that stream in and out at various times throughout the day.
New owner Simon Sheridan took over in 2012 and is a hands-on owner/operator who can be found working at the deli a lot of the time. He was definitely there when I stopped in with friends for a hot coffee, juice, hot chocolate, toasted sandwiches and a homemade sausage roll. There was a stream of people going in and out and it's no surprise this deli has developed a faithful following. The quality fresh food speaks for itself. If you click on the last image to enlarge it, and click again to further enlarge, you could just about read the range of sandwiches on offer.
Renowned for their great coffee, freshly baked gluten-free range, exciting breakfasts and indulgent sweet treats, let me count the array of Deli Sandwiches on the day I was there. We ordered the Chicken, avo, bacon and cheese on white bread; and the roast pumpkin, pesto, spinach, caramelised onion, feta and semi-dried tomatoes on rye bread. Let me tell you, my friend couldn't help but comment, almost in surprise, that there were real chunks of chicken in her hot toasted sandwich.
We also got the huge homemade sausage roll with tomato sauce, a few lattes, a hot chocolate and a banana smoothie. I can't believe I forgot to grab a few large, inviting cookies to take home. Back to the sandwiches, there was also beef, cheese, slaw and horseradish; chicken, seeded mustard, slaw and beetroot; turkey, cranberry, Swiss cheese and mixed lettuce; bacon, avo, cheese, mayo, mixed lettuce and tomato; corned beef, Swiss cheese and sweet mustard pickles; tuna, mayo, red onion, capers, cucumber, mixed lettuce and egg; jerk chicken, apple slaw, mozzarella and hot sauce.
Deli club with turkey, bacon, tomato, cheese, lettuce & mayo; beef, cheese, gherkins, mayo, tomato sauce, red onion and lettuce; pulled pork, caramelised onion, mozzarella, jalapeno and chilli chutney; falafel, harissa, tzatziki, red onion, feta and spinach and last but not least to round off the 14 choices of toasted sandwiches; the corned beef, Swiss cheese, beetroot, gherkins, caramelised onion, hot English mustard and more. There was also pumpkin, pesto, sundried tomatoes and feta quiche on the board with or without salad amongst a variety of hot drinks and smoothies.
Whether you stop by for a coffee and a read of the paper on your own, a relaxed meal with friends or come for a quite bite in your lunch hour, be sure to take home some deli goodness of great cakes, slices and cookies. Don't be a Jen and forget to pick them up. The good news is, it's my local, so I'll be back and next time, I won't forget!