We tried the Cobble Christmas dinner loaded ciabatta and it’s as ‘festively fantastic’ as they claim

I was casually scrolling through Facebook after having my tea, when a post of a Christmas dinner-inspired sandwich caught my eye.

“The Cobble Christmas ciabattas are festively fantastic” said the caption.

Now I’m not usually one to be drawn in by a bit of sensationalism and a well-lit, photoshopped picture of a superbly stacked sandwich, especially after I’ve only just eaten.

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But they cracked my resolve quicker than Father Christmas delivers presents to the whole of Lancashire.

I just had to have it, so I headed to Cobble on Church Street in Ormskirk the very next morning. I wasn’t quite waiting outside for them to open, but almost.

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Cobble specialises in breakfast, brunch and lunch but they also recently introduced a ‘Cobble @ night’ small plates menu in the evenings, Thursday to Saturday.

And now they’ve hopped on board the ‘food with a festive twist’ sleigh, which has seen anything from the wacky, such as pigs in blanket flavoured crisps to the surprisingly delicious Christmas sprout brunch.

The Christmas ciabatta (turkey, pigs in blankets, cranberry and onion stuffing, potato croquettes and turkey gravy, £12.50) can be found on the winter warmers specials menu, along with the vegan version (Quorn chicken slices, charred nutmeg carrots, cranberry and onion stuffing, potato croquettes and vegan gravy, £9.95) and chef’s brunch special (Spanish chorizo slices, flat cap mushrooms. chargrilled halloumi and poached egg served on white or brown cob with chilli jam dressing, £9.95).

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Sometimes I’ll avoid loaded sarnies and burgers or ‘food challenges’ because I can’t be bothered with the faff of trying to negotiate eating them and they’re so messy, the bread gets soggy, the filling falls out and it saps the enjoyment out of the taste.

So the first thing Cobble got right was using ciabatta bread with their festive creation, it’s tougher and more capable of soaking up the sauce, in this case the creamy gravy and fruity cranberry sauce.

It is also a pretty close resemblance of that original social media image, which isn’t always an easy feat.

How many times have you seen a picture of deliciously-looking food on Instagram, only to be served a dish that looks like a hungover Grinch has cooked and presented it?

The layers were delicately placed and as desirable a beautifully-decorated gingerbread house, with garnish offering a fairy light-like finishing touch.

The stuffing provided a little bed for the thick turkey slices, which weren’t dry but succulent and juicy, in part thanks to the meaty gravy and sweet sauce soaked into it.

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I have to say, the potato croquettes were hearty and fluffy and the crust perfectly crunchy and as a prior fan of these potato delicacies, they are the best I’ve had eating out.

The croquettes and pigs in blankets layer is on top and the saltiness of the bacon, savoury potato and then sweetness of the cranberry sauce combination hits and then you sink deeper and the stuffing-covered bread completes the Christmas dinner in a bite.

The meat is cooked and seasoned well and clearly fresh, with the sausages herby and juicy.

I barely had to use my napkin to wipe up any escaping sauce because there was too much as the sandwich stayed together stoically and every last crumb was demolished, leaving me nicely full, but not turkey-stuffed.

I am left with a bit of a problem now, though, as I’m going to have to go back and try Cobble’s other two winter specials.

The Cobble Christmas Ciabatta truly is ‘festively fantastic’.

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