30th September 2016
As much as you’d enjoy a full hour, sat canalside with a coffee in the winter sun, awaiting your cooked-to-order food to arrive, the reality of a lunch break is far different. You grab your usual from the nearest possible place and head back to your desk, hoping you haven’t missed anything important. However, there’s no reason to substitute sustenance for convenience. The Mailbox offers a range of express lunches to either grab-and-go, or to quickly escape the office and refuel. Here are our top picks:
Located canalside, Pennyblacks offers a perfect lunchtime call-in for those wanting lunch away from the office. The bar menu offers speedy food and plenty of it. Choose from sandwiches, flatbreads, wings and a range ‘tappertisers’ – all prepared with time to spare.
Famous for its French cuisine, lunch at Café Rouge can add a splash of elegance to an otherwise hectic lunch break. With premium baguettes from steak to salmon, plenty of vegetarian choices and freshly made salads, midday eating at Café Rouge is not just fast, but ideal if you’re trying to impress.
Gas Street Social
Some offices like to all venture out together. Whether there’s a purpose or not, there’s certainly a place. Gas Street Social’s ‘Social Plates’ suit this office dynamic perfectly, with a mouth-watering selection of lunch mains to choose from, including arancini balls, fish & chips and bourbon chicken wings.
Known as the Mailbox’s suntrap during the summer, the food on offer at Cote Brasserie makes it just as appealing in the winter. The Light Mains menu is a perfect refuelling option, with dishes such as spinach and mushroom crepes, and chicken and walnut salad to keep you going through the afternoon.
Sometimes it’s just impossible to get away. The emails are mounting up and the to-do list hasn’t moved. So step forward the city-centre cyclists who’ll pedal your lunch to the door. Participating restaurants include Pizza Express, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Strada and Everyman Cinema, so you can enjoy the Mailbox nosh at your desk.