Tom’s Deli is on George Street, but you may not know that due to it’s location. Set back from the main road, well the one way system, it is tucked in a corner behind Rawberry. We’ve walked past so many times, but just have never stopped to pop in. Perhaps because we have never been quite sure what its purpose is, coffee shop, restaurant, actual deli?! But whenever we have been past the tables are busy. Sometimes that too puts me off. I don’t like to wait. But today was Tom’s day.
It was not supposed to be Tom’s day, but we had been let down elsewhere. We had decided to go to River Cottage Canteen for breakfast and had a few weeks ago tried to go, but found it closed in the morning. So this morning we turn up (great location in the park and as you walk in the different levels make it quite exciting) and even though they open at 9am it turns out they do not serve breakfast. Hang on. What’s that. A canteen that does not serve breakfast till 12, though it opens at 9am. Poor show River Cottage. That’s twice you’ve let us down.
Anyway, thankfully Tom’s did not.
We arrived and though there were a few tables open, the rest of the place was nicely buzzing. Lots of people in and out who were clearly regulars and who knew each other. Which was actually nice. We were greeted by the owner, who offered us drinks and there were some menus on the table. Not that we really needed them as for hot breakfast there were only three options. Full English, avocado and egg on ciabatta or salmon and egg on ciabatta. Now I like the simplicity of options here. If you can do three things well, then you really don’t need anything else. Good on you Tom.
Plus though I hadn’t seen it at that point, I overheard Tom telling another table about his homemade croissants which he was willing to fill with savoury or sweet. I was salivating at the idea of warmed mozeralla in homemade croissant, but I had already ordered the salmon and egg. Next time. Next time.
When our breakfast arrived, I was pretty taken with the other half’s full English. It was the BEST sausage of all the breakfasts in Winchester so far. Didn’t even mind when I was eating it that Tom came behind me and whispered in my ear, ‘thats 100% meat that sausage.’ Be-a-u-ti-ful with superb flavour. I could have eaten a plateful. Great pancetta and great mushrooms hooray hoorah!!
I had half of the salmon and eggs before insisting on swapping. Salmon was nice, eggs were well cooked, but I’m not a massive fan of the poached and prefer a scrambled. But I like the fact we had fresh black pepper offered.
While we were reading our magazines, Tom came up to us to offer cake. They looked incredible and he showed us a cake which he makes once a month as it takes over 6 hours. A ricotta cake with pear and almonds and blueberries. It looked and smelt amazing and I was sad that I was full.
There was a good looking menu up on the chalkboard for supper and I can totally understand why this unassuming looking place is so busy in the evenings. I really enjoyed the chat and really friendly feel and buzz of the place.
We spent £24 on two hot breakfasts, two cappucinos and a pot of tea which we thought was good value.
Delicious breakfast Tom. We’ll be back for more.