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The jam house; ODDBITE Graham Young VEE'S DELI 83 Vyse Street, Hockley B18 6HA WWW.VEESDELI.CO.UK VERDICT: ????? HHHHI.

MY YOUNGEST daughter, Madison, was in an unusually contrary mood when we arrived at Vee's Deli next to the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

She really fancied one of her favourites, whether it included baked potato, chips, rice or pizza.

None of those are on the menu at Vee's and nothing else took her fancy.

I then noticed this deli has shelves full of home made jams, from winter marmalade to a curried version (great with cheese and biscuits, apparently).

So a good, old fashioned jam butty it was, then - for just PS1.80.

The serving arrived with large pieces of fruit visibly present across four slices of beautifullytoasted bread. My son, Louie, had a barbecue chicken panini, which included onions, while I fancied a simple cheese and onion panini (PS4.50).

The PS17.60 bill included my favourite Rooibos tea (aka South African Redbush, PS2.25), a hot chocolate (PS2.65) and juice (65p).

Vee's staff were unfailingly friendly, especially when patiently negotiating the jam butty deal.

Our paninis were both well presented with balsamic vinegar drizzled over side salads and finely chopped herbs sprinkled across, though I might have preferred a slightly stronger cheese.

Because I rarely eat cheese on its own at home other than at Christmas, the tempting curry marmalade would have gone to waste. And so, to take home, I bought a PS3.50 jar of winter marmalade and wasn't disappointed.

The degree of fruit and the underlying taste of the clovedominated spices make it a real breakfast treat.

Vee runs a small shop and is trying to do the right things the right way.

The front door looks like a house, so there's a bizarre "open" sign stuck to it.

But do peep inside to cast your eye over the menu and hampers - you'll be assured of a warm welcome.

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Cheese and onion toastie and (top) the toasted jam butty |

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 14, 2014
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