Carter’s - 445 Blackpool Road, Preston
Carter’s sandwich bar is a new addition to Ashton, housed, with a slight touch of irony, in a former slimming shop.
Not that the wares here will necessarily scupper your diet, as there are a range of salads alongside the sandwiches, wraps and cake.
The family-run shop is open for breakfast and lunch, with sausage sandwiches the advertised breakfast speciality.
For lunch I went for their hot chicken wrap – big chunks of hot chicken and salad, plus some added jalapenos (for an extra 40p) inside a wrap which was then toasted on the griddle.
And very tasty it was too, juicy and tender chicken and salad, with some added zing from the peppers it made for a very satisfying sandwich.
The cakes on offer the day that I visited were not baked in store, and I would suggests Carter’s either start some home baking or change their supplier, as my piece of lemon cake was massively disappointing.
A block of dry-as-sawdust sponge cake with no discernible flavour of lemon, it was topped with a slab of icing that closely resembled sweetened lard.
The wrap, plus cake and a bottle of Coke came to a reasonable £5.
There are also various special offers on breakfast deals and children’s lunches, and check out their Facebook page for more obscure offers, such as ‘say the word purple and get a free bag of crisps’ which was running last week.
All in all I would say Carter’s is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood, and as long as you stick to food made on site you should get a great lunch.
Star rating: 7/10