Caribbean food takeaways starting Thursday evenings
Main image: Left to right Colleen Rose, owner Emma Quinn and Gayle Stiddard outside the Sandwich Stop which moved premises to cope with demand this year.
Despite the pressures of lockdown – a local cafe has been busier than ever and still found time to help the community during the pandemic.
The Sandwich Stop, which first opened on Filwood Broadway in November 2019, had to quickly adapt when COVID-19 struck.
It started serving takeaways and delivering meals, providing some comfort to local people when so many businesses were shut.
Support for community
But owner Emma Quinn, who is local to Knowle West, didn’t forget the community and those in hardship at this time – and also started to provide free meals for children and old age pensioners.
She felt that as the business was doing well, it was nice to be able to “give back” to the area and help out.
She explains: “As soon as lockdown started we gave them to the elderly and vulnerable and we are still carrying on doing that now. When the schools closed we did free kids hot meals and have only just stopped that.
“I just wanted to help and support people as much as we could because we were still working.”
They moved premises in January, just two doors down, and are now situated between Piercings 4 U and Streetspace – so they could have a larger kitchen to cope with the increased demand.
The team, consisting of Emma and staff Gayle Stiddard and Colleen Rose now delivers meals to the whole of Knowle West, Hartcliffe and Withywood as well as Stockwood and Bedminster. Emma’s mum Wendy Hunt also steps in to help out when orders are high.
Emma says: “We do breakfasts all day long, mid-week roast, Sunday roasts and other meals such as cottage pie. Chicken wraps are also popular and salads and sandwiches. We also do gift boxes and food platters.”
Now with a new canopy just installed – the cafe is able to welcome customers to sit on tables outside.
They are also opening on Thursday evenings from this week (29 April) for Caribbean takeaway collections.
The meals are being provided by Britt Ebony from Clemmings Caribbean Cuisine – and gives the cafe the chance to cater for different tastes.
They include specialities such as jerk chicken, peppered steak and curry goat and can be ordered in advance.
Emma says: “She is my friend and she lives in the community so I’m helping her out and it gives people the chance to have some different food from what we usually offer.”
The team is now looking forward to be able to operate fully from 17 May, when the next COVID-19 restrictions are eased.
Emma says: “The support of everyone has been amazing, maybe it was because it was what the community needed.
“We hadn’t been open long when the first lockdown happened and we’ve never had people eating in the new shop yet, so we’re looking forward to welcoming customers inside.”
The Sandwich Stop is based at 41 Filwood Broadway BS4 1JL and open from 7am – 2pm for deliveries, takeaways and customers seated outside. From 17 May people will be able to be served inside.
Contact 0747 188 8658 or visit Facebook for more information https://www.facebook.com/The-Sandwich-Stop-100991638042258/
Clemmings Caribbean Cuisine will be open for takeaways and deliveries on Thursday evenings, 5 to 8.30pm, from 29 April.