THE Swindon branch of Caffè Nero has created a coffee-cured bacon which it will sell as part of a new menu next week.

The independent coffee house is the first nationwide retailer to use combine coffee and bacon in this way, curing bacon for 20 hours with its signature blend of coffee that has notes of chocolate and nut.

The coffee-cured bacon will be available in a ciabatta bacon roll, BLT sandwich, a bacon, sausage and egg breakfast pot, brie and bacon panini, and a bacon and chutney flatbread.

The new menu will go on sale on Wednesday.

Caffè Nero's UK head of food Hannah McKay said: “We’ve introduced some delicious new options to the menu with the aim of putting our coffee craft into our food, to give it a premium appeal. When it comes to enhancing a classic like the bacon sandwich, we knew the only match would have to be our signature blend. Rather than overpowering the great taste of bacon, our cold brew infusion marries perfectly with every mouthful."