Mrs Bunn’s Cob Emporium is on Musters Road in West Bridgford and has one of the most promising names that I have found for some time on my hunt for a decent sandwich in and around the county. When I read the name I was instantly thinking off Mrs Miggin’s Pie Shop from Blackadder for some reason. I will be honest and say that I am currently having mixed success with my choices for lunch when I have eaten here on and off during the past month. I really want to find that perfect sandwich from them that I can rely on, so that I can relay to you all screaming out loud from the top of Castle Rock about its joy and delights, but as of yet I have not encountered it. I haven’t given up though as the place is packed every lunch so they are doing something right, I just have to tap into the local tasteline to work out what it is.
On my first visit I decided that it would be too easy to just get a bacon sandwich as that is always good, I mean its bacon and a sandwich, impossible to mess up and always very eatable at any time of the day. So I averted my gaze away from the breakfast section of the menu and over to the Panini section. There was to be honest many of the fillings that I had already seen in the breakfast area, and the main ‘specials’ I expect would have been the “Brie & Caramelised Onion” or the “Mozzarella, Red Onion & Pesto” Panini both for just £2.55 each. In the end though I just got the more simple Cheese and Tomato filling. It came on a paper plate with a basic salad of lettuce, cucumber, and tomato, with a touch of spring onion. There was not too much wrong with the Panini in terms of doing the job of filling me up at lunch, but it was a bit too bready and perhaps could have been more toasted. It was a bit bland, but that might be unkind as this is just a sandwich shop and not a café or restaurant so I wouldn’t really expect seasoning or anything like that to be added.
When it came to ‘cake time’ or was it ‘time for a tart’? Mrs Bunn was starting to redeem herself with a very good selection of cakes and pies in the counter window. They not only had a millionaires shortbread cake with milk chocolate, but one with white chocolate as well. This was really starting to seem like some sort of divine intervention to make up for that lack lustre Panini. Both cakes were a joy to behold, I had the white chocolate cake, which was really a white chocolate caramel cake as opposed to a fully paid up member of the Millionaires Shortbread Cake Club, I let that small issue pass me by as I devoured the entire thing in just a few bites. I did manage to acquire a small (and I mean small) slice of the milk chocolate version and that was an equally good cake too. At this point I think we were breaking even with our emporium purchases.
As if it was written in the stars my next two visits ended up in another sequence of a hit and a miss. I decided to gamble on trying one of there burgers as they had a whole big chalkboard listing there offerings. I had the cheeseburger, which was a reasonable effort for a cob shop, I didn’t expect too much and what I got was a large filling and comforting sandwich. It was enough to tempt me back again thinking that I had turned the corner and I had my eye on a roast meat sandwich of some sort. I was hoping for pork, but the day I went I they had beef so I ventured my coins into their hands and took the chance. To be honest there was plenty of meat, but it was a bit dry and chewy, and the gravy was not mixed properly so there was a strong bitter aftertaste on occasional bites.
I don’t know what is going wrong with my choices, as there is always a line out of the door and so someone knows what to pick. I have had a bacon sandwich and that was good, and a sausage bap, also good. Perhaps I just need to keep it simple.
It is a very popular place and I am probably just looking for something that they don’t offer, so don’t just take my word for it. After all the masses are usually right or if not the masses usually get what they are looking for.
Mrs Bunn’s Cob Emporium is at 28 Musters Rd in West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7PL