British Sandwich Week

23rd May 2018

This week is British Sandwich Week. British Sandwich Week is a week-long celebration of the greatest food to go and, possibly, the most iconic British culinary invention – the sandwich.

Form sarnies to butties and baps to baguettes, there’s a plethora of terms for this British hunger basher.

Sandwich History

Ever since John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, ordered cold beef between slices of toast to avoid getting up from his card game, his name has become synonymous with the delectable dish. Of course, meat and bread were staples long before he tucked into one while playing cards, but he gave rise to the concept of having one as a convenient meal while getting on with other things.

Today’s world has caught up with Monty and, with our hectic lifestyles, it makes sense to grab a sandwich – the ultimate food to go. In Britain alone, we buy over 3.5 billion sandwiches a year.

British Sandwich Week provides the ideal opportunity to focus our attention on this fabulous creation. Sandwich manufacturers and retailers across the UK all have their own way of celebrating this fantastic food, many offering special promotions and new ranges during British Sandwich Week.

Sandwich Trivia

  • The UK sandwich industry employs more people than the UK agricultural industry
  • It is estimated over 300,000 people are now employed in the commercial sandwich sector
  • ‘Sandwich’ is also a town in Kent, although the name has no direct connection with a sandwich
  • Its origin comes from the Saxon meaning for ‘Sandy Place’ or ‘Place on the Sand’
  • Sandwich, Kent is likely to have been formed in Roman times although the first recorded mention is in 640AD

Tuck in at The Pantiles

The Pantiles is ripe with eateries, bars and restaurants to satiate those sandwich cravings! Why not try Chocolatl’s Halloumi Stack – with sourdough, homemade chili jam, spinach and Mediterranean vegetables? Or the phenomenal Sourdough Steak & Cheese Sandwich from Framptons? Or the eye-popping Hot Roast Beef Sandwich from The Tunbridge Wells Hotel, using Fuller’s sirloin?

With these mouth-watering morsels, and many more, be sure to pay The Pantiles a visit during British Sandwich Week!