We review the food at the Cheese Room Deli and Cafe on Rochester High Street

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With the lovely climate we’ve been obtaining, I assumed I’d make the most of it and choose a wander into town for lunch.

The Cheese Place Botanicals, identified just reverse Rochester Castle, appeared like a excellent location to grab a sandwich and acquire in the views.

View of Rochester Castle from the Cheese Room Botanicals, my first stop before heading to its sister shop, the Cheese Room Deli and Cafe. Picture: Sam Lawrie
Perspective of Rochester Castle from the Cheese Home Botanicals, my 1st halt right before heading to its sister store, the Cheese Place Deli and Cafe. Image: Sam Lawrie

I strike a bump in the highway, nevertheless, when I reached the door and uncovered a ‘closed’ signal hanging in the window.

I should’ve checked on-line very first – who doesn’t Google a cafe prior to going out these days?

The good thing is for me, its sister spot, the Cheese Room Deli and Cafe, is just a pair of minutes down the High Avenue, so I headed in that route alternatively.

Luckily the Cheese Room Deli and Cafe is open seven days a week. Picture: Sam Lawrie
Luckily for us the Cheese Area Deli and Cafe is open seven days a week. Picture: Sam Lawrie

A small, sunny stroll afterwards and I was at the cafe which, thank goodness, is open up on Mondays and was bustling with buyers.

Regrettably, I was traveling solo this lunchtime – but let us be genuine, does not an hour out in the sunshine, enjoying a lovely lunch in the peace and quiet, really sound blissful?

There were plenty of cheese-filled choices for lunch. Picture: Sam Lawrie
There ended up loads of cheese-crammed alternatives for lunch. Photo: Sam Lawrie

Even now, I wished to get a great style of the location so I requested a number of various matters – for overview reasons, of system.

The board higher than the counter mentioned a number of cheesy bites, from sandwiches to sharing boards, quesadillas and salads.

The Cheese Room Deli and Cafe also offered lots of baked goods, from cakes to pastries. Picture: Sam Lawrie
The Cheese Home Deli and Cafe also available a lot of baked items, from cakes to pastries. Image: Sam Lawrie
Sweet treats and artisan cheeses tempted me while I waited to order. Picture: Sam Lawrie
Sweet treats and artisan cheeses tempted me whilst I waited to get. Photograph: Sam Lawrie

I went for two of the toasties, the traditional and the triple cheese with sweet chilli, together with a incredibly tempting Biscoff blondie that was staring at me from the glass counter.

The server pretty kindly and patiently went via all the various espresso-free iced drinks, and aided me at some point settle on a berry iced tea.

Soon after a limited hold out, I strolled back again up to the castle grounds, clutching my goodies, and within just five minutes observed myself a patch of heat grass with Rochester’s historic Norman castle as my backdrop.

Lunch with a view in the grounds of Rochester Castle. Picture: Sam Lawrie
Lunch with a look at in the grounds of Rochester Castle. Image: Sam Lawrie

I popped my headphones on, pressed perform on my favorite podcast (now Brett Goldstein’s Movies to be Buried With, if anyone’s intrigued) and very carefully unpacked my lunch.

I experimented with the classic toastie 1st, which is a sourdough bread stuffed with powerful Wookey Gap cheddar cheese, refreshing tomato, crimson onion, and basil.

It was, rather frankly, delicious.

My first sandwich was a classic cheese toastie with a messy dollop of sauce. Picture: Sam Lawrie
My first sandwich was a classic cheese toastie with a messy dollop of sauce. Picture: Sam Lawrie

It arrived with a side of tangy, salsa-like ketchup, which was equally tasty. It is just a shame I’d slopped most of it all above the takeaway box on my wander.

The triple cheese toastie was nice, but didn't have as much flavour as I wanted. Picture: Sam Lawrie
The triple cheese toastie was good, but failed to have as significantly flavour as I required. Photo: Sam Lawrie

Next up was the triple cheese toastie, made with gruyere, mozzarella and cheddar and sweet chilli. I didn’t get considerably spice, but it was satisfactorily gooey and arrived with a smoky tomato sauce.

There's always room for dessert... just about. Picture: Sam Lawrie
You will find usually place for dessert… just about. Image: Sam Lawrie

I then took a chunk of my blondie. Not as sweet as its brownie counterpart, it had pretty much a saltiness from the biscuity Biscoff, which complemented the sugar properly. It was a wedge of a cake and I couldn’t complete it, but it wasn’t for the want of hoping.

All of this was washed down with my berry iced tea. Even with getting a minor watery, as I obtain most iced teas to be, it experienced a light, refreshing flavour and, most importantly as I sat out in the midday sun, it was chilly.

Not a bad place to sit on a Monday lunchtime. Picture: Sam Lawrie
Not a poor put to sit on a Monday lunchtime. Picture: Sam Lawrie

Many thanks to my need to sample a few of different items, I couldn’t in fact take care of all of it. I saved 50 % of every single sandwich for later on, and can verify they make fairly tasty leftovers too.

It feels excellent to support a nearby organization, especially in these challenging times, but it can help when the food truly hits the place as well.

If you want to catch a number of hours of pleasant weather and appreciate some of Rochester’s finest landmarks, I advise stopping off in this article for some cheese-crammed delights to consider with you.

The grounds of Rochester Castle are open to all and free to enter, so make the perfect picnic spot. Picture: Sam Lawrie
The grounds of Rochester Castle are open to all and free to enter, so make the perfect picnic spot. Picture: Sam Lawrie

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Scores out of 5

Food: The basic toastie was perfect, the triple cheese could do with more spice but was even now good. Tons of solutions on the menu, including vegan cheese. ****

Drink: Nice to have an iced drink on a scorching day, furthermore they offer you takeaway double G&Ts – what is not to appreciate? ****

Decor: The exterior could do with a touch up, but within it’s cosy and welcoming. ****

Staff members: Attentive, pleasant and joyful to discuss as a result of the menu. *****

Selling price: The toasties are huge and the blondie was conveniently shareable, so I didn’t imagine my monthly bill of £16.25 was way too terrible. ****

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