Deli spin-off of one of Cirencester’s best loved eateries.
Made by Bob is an institution in Cirencester, so much so that when the restaurant closed for refurbishment last year, it was instantly missed. While closed, up sprung The Deli whence, happily, we could all still retire to get our Bob fix of the fine salads, charcuterie and cakes. The restaurant has of course now reopened, but The Deli has remained, and that is unquestionably a good thing. Now, if all you fancy is tea and cake or a light bite to eat, you can do so in much more apposite surroundings, rather than contending with diners who are in the mood for a more genuinely lunch experience.
You lose none of the quality of experience in The Deli that you enjoyed in the restaurant; indeed with a frontage actually exposed to oodles of natural light instead of being sequestered in the Corn Hall, the aspect is arguably better, particularly for what is a casual eatery. And when the sun comes out it gets even better still, and you can enjoy your food al fresco or while basking behind those enormous plate glass windows watching the Corinium world go by. The menu, too, is as light, sun-kissed (as much as it can be) and Mediterranean, staying close to that of its restaurant sibling with, among other things, immambayeldi, Greek salad, olives and much more to tempt one with. While the setting, even with the sun out, will never come close to anywhere on the Med., the menu and locale team up to provide one with a very decent spot to have lunch.
The salads remain as fresh, varied and as enticing as ever, with combinations of ingredients that have you at times salivating at the mere thought of eating them. The paninis and sandwiches are a nice option too, again with fillings that are generous, and alive with flavour. Made By Bob is known for its use of quality ingredients, and it always shows, from the everyday to the more exotic. This of course extends to the sweeter end of the menu spectrum as well, with pastries and cakes that are so light and emollient you don’t know whether to eat them or plump them up further to lay your head upon.
Drinks are good too. There are decent espresso-based coffee drinks made with good coffee, although don’t expect flavours at the level of Rave or Cotswold Artisan Coffee. This is not a criticism; this is still good coffee with a distinct flavour, but the evidently darker roast does have a more linear flavour. If you like tea, more precisely green tea, then this is the place: the green tea at Made by Bob has always been, to my mind, the best green tea in town. Scented with a hint – just hint, nothing cloying – of wild strawberries and pink pepper corns, it is delightful, whether lightening the palate mid-summer, or taking off the chill of our now-all-too-common perma-autumn days. We have not tried the freshly made smoothies, but the flavour combinations, when you read them, make abundant sense and are likely equally full of flavour.
In short, Made By Bob The Deli is a welcome addition – if ‘addition’ is the right word – to the town centre. The quality has not diminished with the absence of formality, and having an outside area and some good daylight pouring through the windows is really very pleasant. While we didn’t expect it to stay, we are unequivocally glad it has.