So this week has been British Sandwich week! And who doesn’t love a sandwich?!
Oxford English Dictionary defines a sandwich as “an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with a filling between them, eaten as a light meal.” Seems like a simple enough concept. So, who came up with this innovative way of serving food? While I’m sure the Earl of Sandwich would like all the credit, the true history of the sandwich goes back much further.
Most of us have heard of the fourth Earl of Sandwich, otherwise known as John Montagu. In the late 1700’s, French writer Pierre-Jean Grosley recounted his observations of English life in a book called Londres (translated to English under the name A Tour to London). In the book, a few lines were written that forever tied this food invention to the Earl of Sandwich:
A minister of state passed four and twenty hours at a public gaming-table, so absorpt in play, that, during the whole time, he had no subsistence but a piece of beef, between two slices of toasted bread, which he eat without ever quitting the game. This new dish grew highly in vogue, during my residence in London; it was called by the name of the minister who invented it.
While it is not clear if this anecdote is completely true, the book gained popularity and the story took hold. Soon the name was official—when you ate two pieces of bread with something in the middle, you were eating a “sandwich.”
To celebrate have put together our top 5 Favourite Sandwiches and wraps!
- Suites Hotel Club Sandwich!
One of our most popular sandwiches!
This consists of 3 slices of bread toasted and filled with chicken, bacon, tomato, egg, lettuce and mayonnaise!
All for £8.45!
- Our Steak & Oyster Sauce Baguette
Filled with hot slices of rump steak in oyster sauce, sliced peppers onions and mushrooms
- Honey Roast Ham and Pickle, Triple Decker Sandwiches
- Chicken Teriyaki Wrap
Strips of chicken in Teriyaki sauce with lettuce, cucumber and sliced peppers
- Our Vegetarian Tomato, Mozzarella and pesto Triple Decker Sandwich!
All our sandwiches are served with salad garnish, crudités, tortilla chips and a choice of dips! Wraps include crunchy homemade coleslaw!
Why not come and enjoy our sandwiches or wraps from our Munch Lunch menu in our Handleys Brasserie?
Whats your favourite sandwich we would love to know!
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