Deli-cious delights

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The Montideli Delicatessen and Cappuccino bar has always striven to offer a menu which is a little special. Some years ago it won an award for serving the best coffee in Yorkshire.

Situated in the Montagu buildings at the top of Mexborough High Street, it has garnered a loyal following of customers who appreciate its range of lunchtime treats.

As well as speciality sandwiches, it specialises in light dishes with an Italian theme but offers more substantial fare like ragouts, casseroles and traditional English breakfasts.

Compared to most other places in Mexborough, Montidelis is not cheap - £6.50 for pie and peas might strain a few wallets in the town - but the quality is outstanding.

To offer such a tempting range of fresh fare consistently requires investment of time and preparation. As the sign above the bar says the chef does not fast food but fresh food served quickly.

When I visited around noon, there was a busy atmosphere with regulars ordering sandwiches for lunch and customers enjoying a quiet lunch away from the hustle and bustle.

I plumped for the goats cheese and pan fried Chorizo salad, at £7, together with an Americano coffee. Service was speedy for a dish which was prepared as I waited - The Chorizo sausage was warm and spicy and layered in strips on top of the salad with slices of goats cheese ever so close to melting. The generous portion of salad beneath was shredded in a light but tasty dressing.

I had to remind the waitress about the promised bread roll with the salad, but to offer this as a criticism would be churlish for such otherwise excellent service.