History of the Sandwich

Monday, 9 May 2016  |  Richard

British Sandwich Week 8-14th May 2016

British sandwich week takes place between 8-14 May 2016 and it is a great opportunity to celebrate the one of our best loved fast foods! – the British sandwich. 

According to the legend, it is thought that the humble sandwich was 'invented' by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich.  He was a keen gambler and didn't like to leave the gaming table - so rather than breaking for dinner while the game was in full swing, he asked that he was brought some meat between two slices of bread. His logic was that he could hold the food in one hand and continue gambling. This was the birth of a great fast food which became known as a sandwich.

John Montagu was the First Lord of the Admiralty and a supporter of Captain James Book who named the Sandwich Islands after him (now known as Hawaii)

The British spend over £1.5 billion per year on Sandwiches, with the most common being cheese, ham and chicken. My personal favourite however is of course the good old bacon sandwich, the staple weekend breakfast of many across the UK. It is estimated that in the UK, six chicken sandwiches are eaten every second!

Tastes at the other side of the Atlantic in America, are slightly different. One of their favourites is the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, with statistics suggesting Americans will have eaten about 1,500 such sandwiches before graduating from high school!