Bristol’s Playground menu tasting

My view of the toasted cheese sandwich was expanded this week by James Bridges. He bakes astonishingly good sourdough bread in a little kitchen above the Playground Coffee House in St Nicholas Street, Bristol. He then works some kind of cheese alchemy to create a menu that stretches the horizons of toasted snacks to a new world of meltiness (which is now a word).

The heat is on

No ordinary toaster.

Serving

The second of five courses.

Bite sized

Bitesize portions.

Beer 1/5

Each of five different sourdough cheese sandwiches was matched with a different beer.

sandwich

Melting.

going

Going.

patience

Patience required.

dribbling

Cider rye sourdough, cheddar, Ginger Beard‘s chilli, apple and Severn Cider jelly was paired with Floris Apple Wheat beer.

the real thing

Beer three of five.

playground

Playground customers take the menu very seriously – but not themselves. Board games are available on request. Swings come as standard.

"filth"

The creative indulgence didn’t stop with the cheese toasties. The espresso, salted caramel and triple chocolate brownie was off the scale.

mine

Sticky fingers unavoidable.

Peruvian

And as for the wild Peruvian chocolate crostini – that’s another story.

wolf

Nutella will never be quite the same again.

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