We all love Northern Soul. They’ve become a comforting staple of the city’s food scene over the past six years, slinging grilled cheese from a shack on Church Street, a Piccadilly branch, a must-visit stall at the Christmas Markets and a new opening on Tib Street.
And now, they’ve rebranded their original Church Street branch into the Northern Soul Deli Company, full of grab-and-go lunch options.
Officially opening later this week, it’s offering a limited selection of grilled cheese (including the Soul, the Classic, and a ham and cheese toastie) alongside cold sandwiches, homemade quiche, sausage rolls, soup, salads, cakes, and Great Northern Pie Company pies.
“Our Tib Street branch is now Northern Soul, and this site is the new Northern Soul Deli Co,” explains founder Dan Place.
“It’s mainly about deli-style grab-and-go options, but we’ve got six seats in the window too, a bit New York-style.”
The generously-filled sandwiches, made with bread from their in-house bakery, have an American feel to them, too.
Current options include Hey Pesto (buffalo mozzarella, tomato, house pesto mayo and rocket), Eggry Day I’m Trufflin (truffled egg mayo with rocket and optional ham), Italia 90 (prosciutto, salami, pepproni, rocket, mozzarella and balsamic), and a Banh Mi Bad Boy (Asian style belly pork with pate, sweet and sour pickled veg and coriander).
There’s also a New Yorker (“you couldn’t have a deli without a New Yorker, could you?” says Dan), and the most popular so far: a Ruby Murray sandwich with tandoori chicken, bhaji scraps, mango chutney and mint raita.
Prices range from £3.95 – £5.95 for the cold sandwiches, with grilled cheese £4.50 – £5.50, salads from £2.50, sausage rolls at £3, and squidgy chocolate brownies at £2.
“It’s been really well received so far,” says Dan about the new venture, which is currently in its soft launch phase and officially opens on Friday.
Part of the reason for the rebrand is in preparation for their move across the road to a shipping container; all four traders in that section of Church Street will be moved in about six months.
But the timing could work out well for Northern Soul Deli Co.
“We’re getting moved onto the other side of the street – the sunny side,” says Dan. “So we’ll be able to have outside seating.”
Lunch just got way more exciting.