British Sandwich Week.
It’s British Sandwich Week! That’s right, one whole week of celebration a year, solely devoted to perhaps the greatest and most iconic British culinary invention – the Sandwich.
Sarnies, butties, barms and baps, whatever you might know them by there’s no denying that sandwiches are at the very forefront of British culture and that isn’t going to change anytime soon.
It was Lord John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich (obviously), who claims invention over the modern sandwich. John, a lover of gambling as well as placing edible foods between slices of bread, according to legend would request that casino waiters bring him slices of meat between slices of bread so that he didn’t have to take time out of his game to eat meals.
Of course, bread and meat were a common combination prior to The Earl’s casino games -but it was here that apparently, the idea of having a more convenient meal whilst getting on with things arose.
As the story goes, others at the table took note of this and, as John Montague was the Earl of Sandwich himself, would order “The same as Sandwich!” – later abbreviating to just “sandwich” and as they say, the rest is history.
So, just how much do we love them?
Well, British consumers alone manage to eat their way through 11.5 billion sandwiches each year. Which, if you were to lay each one end to end, would manage to go around the globe about 44 times. So in answer to that question – A lot. We love them a lot.
But what we want to know, it being British Sandwich Week and all, is which do you think is the UK’s favourite sarnie?