Ben Oliver


The Sheffield Pork Sandwich Tour: Scotts Pantry

29 November 2023

We’re back on the tour baby! I can’t believe it’s been a few months since the last one, and just over a year since we started. I’ve been busy moving house and I’ve hated every minute of it, but everything is starting to calm down again now. Time has flown by very quickly indeed.

Anyway I have a new next door neighbour - Scotts Pantry - and of course he does pork sandwiches.

Scotts Pantry

This place has been around a long time and is reasonably well known among the crowd working at the hospitals over the road. I must admit that while being curious about it over the years I’ve always ended up at the excellent Falafel King next door.

a Scotts Pantry pork sandwich

So what’s in the sandwich?

This is fresh cut off a joint kept warm on the counter. Hand-carved rather than on one of those spinning machines, so it’s a little chunkier than other local fare, but not super-thick cut.

The crackling isn’t evenly spread but comes in a thick slab or two that’s cooked to perfection.

The breadcake is up there with the best, large, light and pillowy yet able to hold all the filling. Perhaps in this case it could do with a touch more filling, as this sandwich was a little breadier than most.

I don’t think they dunked it in dripping.

Inside a Scotts Pantry pork sandwich

As with all of these the goal is to make something that’s better than the sum of its parts, and Scotts hits the spot in this regard. I found that the apple sauce and stuffing came through quite heavily this time, making it slightly sweeter than the rest and giving it its own character. I think the lack of salty dripping adds to this.

The interior of the shop is really spartan and so is the sandwich, and yet it works pretty well. The pork stands out as being moist but not greasy, which others struggle with especially when it’s this thick.

It’s lacking in seasoning, and perhaps (more importantly) filling, but in its own way the Scotts Pantry sandwich is still worth trying.

Roast pork not available on Mondays

Price: £3.80
Address: 323 Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2HP

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