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15 The Quay
A classy rustic deli bar serving high quality coffees and homemade food, to eat in or take away, for people who want good nourishment at reasonable prices.
Where to find it
The original Wells deli sits on the quayside in Wells-next-the-Sea. It’s been there for a while and has always delivered on quality and taste. It was inevitable in my opinion that such a successful business would think about expanding to become a small chain and I was delighted when I saw it pop up in Hunstanton. In a prime location on the corner of the high street and just a short stroll from the beach, it’s a haven of activity on any given day. Whether you’re flying in for a coffee to go, meeting a friend for a cuppa and a cake or looking to enjoy breakfast or lunch, you’ll find all you need here for some fine refreshment.
What to expect
Both delis have the same layout and look that works well for reflecting what they are about. The places are rich in earthy colours with wooden floors and chunky furniture. They feel rustic and natural with soothing lighting and a relaxed friendly vibe. The walls are lined with produce for sale from around Europe such as olive oils and coffee syrups as well as locally made offerings such as Wells deli jams, honey and ice cream.
Fresh food and good coffee guaranteed
Coffee is their speciality, 100% Arabica; an espresso blend from the undulating hills of the Southern Americas. Lattes, macchiato, mocha and mochaccino. They also sell a variety of teas, hot chocolates, spiced chai and iced coffees. Milkshakes and smoothies are on offer too.
All the food is made on the premises and is of exceptional quality. Sandwiches are very reasonable at £3.25 considering the hefty chunk of bread (low fat, low salt, gluten free options) and fine fillings. Choose from coronation chicken and mango chutney, crayfish, lemon mayo and rocket, or hummus, red onion and cucumber to name a few. Panini’s are just as delicious – try brie, bacon and caramelised onion, or maybe chorizo, roasted pepper and mozzarella. Steaming broths make a refreshing change and are around £4.50 for a Thai chicken Tom Yum or king prawn Laksa. Boxed deli salads are usually also available.
Of course being healthy isn’t always fun, although I have to say it’s made a lot easier by venues such as this, but sometimes something fattening is the only thing to hit the spot. That’s why Wells deli also has a counter full of delights from lemon tarts and pecan pies, to chocolate honeycomb heaven cake and peanut butter caramel stacks. Or maybe you’ll be drawn to the monster old spot sausage roll, mouth-watering ham and cheddar pasty, or spiced lamb samosa. I feel confident there’ll be something you’ll simply have to try.
These delis are run by a small team of enthusiastic foodies who clearly know their stuff. I forebode several more of these stores popping up around Norfolk soon and I for one can’t wait. Imagine being lucky enough to have one on your route into work? Lunchtimes would never be the same again. If you can only indulge on your holidays and days out though, make sure you stop by – one visit is all it takes to get hooked.
Both the Wells-next-the-Sea and Hunstanton branches are open 9am to 5pm seven days a week. If you can’t see what you fancy readymade in the counters, be sure to ask as their food sells fast and it’s never too much trouble to make you exactly what you want.