Cardiff gets a salt beef sandwich shop! Lunchtime review: City Salt Beef – Charles Street, Cardiff

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City Salt Beef on Charles Street, Cardiff

Cardiff now has its very own salt beef sandwich shop in the form of City Salt Beef, which opened last week on the former site of Deli a gogo on Charles Street (part of the Coffee a gogo chain, with branches on nearby St Andrew’s Place and in Whitchurch). 

City Salt Beef is still owned by Coffee a gogo, but the rebrand focuses on what the shop has become known best for – it’s salt beef and reuben (pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing) sandwiches. 

I popped along to City Salt Beef last week with my friend, Sarah. Besides salt beef and reuben sandwiches, the menu features four options including smoked salmon, halloumi and hummus, roast turkey and the city club, each of which could be served on either artisan bread or a bagel.

Sarah was very keen to try the salt beef sandwich (Β£7), so I went for the city club (Β£5.50). It was a bright, sunny day and so we sat in the outside dining area at the front of the shop (as you can probably tell by how bright my pictures are – oops!)

The salt beef sandwich was packed full of meltingly tender sliced salt beef and gherkins, served with mustard on caraway and rye bread. The salt beef is sourced from London -based cured meats specialist, Hensons and cooked at City Salt Beef. It looked delicious – if I wasn’t so busy tucking into my sandwich, I would’ve asked for a little taste (but I guess that just gives me an excuse to return for lunch on another day!) Sarah really enjoyed her salt beef sandwich and she would happily order it again, although she would ask for slightly less mustard next time.

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Salt beef sandwich

Meanwhile, the city club sandwich was packed with grilled chicken, crispy bacon, Swiss cheese, fresh tomato and lettuce, served with mayonnaise on toasted white bread. The creamy, sweet taste of the Swiss cheese tasted delicious paired with the chicken and bacon, although the bread seemed a little dry – a little more mayo may have done the trick. 

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City club sandwich

I will most definitely be making a second journey to City Salt Beef. It’s refreshing to have somewhere new to visit when I’m fancying a sandwich and I can’t wait to sample the salt beef for myself, although the halloumi and hummus sounds just as tempting. 

City Salt Beef
Charles Street
CF10 2GB
(029) 2023 5141
City Salt Beef’s Facebook page

I was invited to City Salt Beef as a guest and our food and drinks were provided complimentary. However, I was not obliged to write a positive review.



  1. September 1, 2015 / 1:06 am

    We popped into this place a few times before the big menu change over to City Salt Beef – they did some lovely salads and jackets before (same owners and staff) but looking forward to checking out the new menu

    Laura x

    • September 1, 2015 / 11:04 am

      I didn’t manage to get there before the rebrand, but Deli a gogo always looked good! Have you been to their branches on St Andrew’s Place or in Whitchurch?

  2. September 1, 2015 / 6:08 am

    I’ve never tried a Salt Beef sandwich before but it’s looks so tasty.

    • September 1, 2015 / 11:03 am

      I definitely recommend giving it a go if you ever get the chance πŸ™‚

  3. September 1, 2015 / 7:37 am

    Salt beef also termed as corned beef in North America is absolutely delicious, love rubens. Gherkins and rye bread always work for me, moth watering flavors! Informative review as always.

    • September 1, 2015 / 11:02 am

      Thanks Prateek πŸ™‚ It was delicious! I love corned beef too.

  4. September 1, 2015 / 8:04 am

    There is nothing I love more than salt beef! I’m yet to find anywhere outside of America that makes it as good as my grandmother made it so I feel a trip to Cardiff might be on the cards.

    • September 1, 2015 / 11:01 am

      I’ve never tried salt beef in America, but if I happen to visit again, it’ll be on my to-do list!

  5. September 1, 2015 / 8:25 am

    Those sandwiches look and sound amazing – I need to find somewhere like this near me!!

    • September 1, 2015 / 11:01 am

      It’s always nice to have somewhere to go for a sandwich a little out of the ordinary πŸ™‚

  6. September 1, 2015 / 9:09 am

    Oh salt beef is all the rage these days isn’t it – we had a salt beef sandwich during afternoon tea recently. Delicious – Cardiff’s version looks good too πŸ˜€

    • September 1, 2015 / 11:00 am

      Yes, I’ve noticed it’s become pretty popular! Definitely recommend City Salt Beef if you’re ever in Cardiff πŸ™‚ They’re open on Saturdays too.

  7. September 1, 2015 / 11:55 am

    I got hungry just reading the menu options you mentioned – ahh, it sounds so good! I could go for a salt beef sandwhich myself right about now

  8. September 1, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    Mm that looks mouthwateringly good. It’s always good to hear recommendations of good places to eat x

  9. September 1, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    Oh I’ve not heard of this brand before – what a delicious sounding place to pop for a light meal. x

  10. Kirsty
    September 1, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    They look fantastic!! I think my only complaint would be that side salad!! I might have had a little moan about side salads in my blog…ha ha! Sandwich looks well lush though and I would definitely give it a try!x

    • September 1, 2015 / 10:19 pm

      I know what you mean Kirsty, sometimes side salads seem a bit pointless and this was one of those times!

  11. September 1, 2015 / 6:04 pm

    I absolutely love salt beef especially with gherkins in a bagel x

  12. September 1, 2015 / 6:44 pm

    Really cute sandwich shop! I’m vegetarian so I’m not sure it would appeal to me, but my husband would like it.

  13. September 1, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    Looks amazing, I have never tried salt beef but will have to give it a go one day x

  14. September 1, 2015 / 7:29 pm

    We arte heading into Cardiff next week and hubby is a big steak fan so I think we will be making a visit! Thanks for the heads up!

    • September 1, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      I can’t wait to try that out either πŸ™‚ I’m back in town on Thursday so maybe then…

  15. September 1, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Wow, the sandwiches look and sound amazing! Would definitely try if I was nearer

  16. September 1, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    oh oh oh!! Salt beef reminds me of Man vs Food, that tender melt-in-the-mouth beef that Adam’s always gobbling up. Looks lovely!

    • September 1, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      Mmm – makes me hungry just thinking about it!

  17. Emma
    September 1, 2015 / 10:12 pm

    Great review and that sandwich looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing x

  18. September 1, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    My mouth started watering just reading about these sandwiches. Must visit Cardiff soon.

  19. September 1, 2015 / 10:04 pm

    Ooh, that salt beef looks gooooooood! I’m a bit obsessed with gherkins at the mo. Great. Now I’m hungry. πŸ˜‰ x

  20. September 2, 2015 / 8:49 am

    Looks like a really nice place. I’ll keep it on my list of places to visit if I ever take a visit to Cardiff! x

  21. September 2, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    We love salt beef sandwiches – they are a great sarnie filling! The last time I had one was years ago now at Borough Market.

    • September 3, 2015 / 3:48 pm

      I would love to try a salt beef sandwich in London or New York to see what it’s like πŸ™‚ Ooh, makes my stomach rumble just thinking about it!

  22. September 2, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    I love salt beef, one of the best sandwich fillings ever! Your pictures have made me really hungry lol. Yummy! x

  23. September 2, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    The menu that you mentioned has made me so hungry! I must check it out πŸ™‚ x

  24. September 3, 2015 / 8:45 am

    That looks so nice. I live a bit too far from Cardiff but they do sound delicious, will keep my eye open for somewhere serving salt beef closer to home!

    • September 3, 2015 / 3:44 pm

      Thanks – they tasted just as yummy as they looked! πŸ™‚

  25. September 3, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    I never been to Cardiff. There are so many places I would love to visit! If I ever go there I visit that place πŸ™‚

    • September 3, 2015 / 3:44 pm

      It’s well worth a visit if you are ever in the area, although Cardiff has lots of lovely restaurants and cafes to choose from!

  26. September 3, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    I do fancy a salt beef sandwich – will be popping in.

    • September 3, 2015 / 9:41 pm

      Cool, let me know what you think πŸ™‚

  27. September 6, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    This looks fantastic. Should I ever come to Cardiff, I will def try a sandwich!

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