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15 December 2016

Celebrate our love of sarnies!

British Sandwich Week takes place between 12th-19th May and is when the industry gets together to recognise and celebrate the birth of the sandwich.

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This takes place between 12-19 May 2013 and is a great opportunity to celebrate one of our best loved fast foods – the British sandwich.

It’s thought that the sandwich was 'invented' by 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 to be brought some meat between two slices of bread. This was the birth of a great fast food which became known as a sandwich.

Today we eat some 11.5 billion sandwiches each year – about a quarter of which are bought from sandwich shops and the industry provides employment to more than 300,000 people.

For more about British Sandwich Week and for some great recipes, visit And if you’ve got any tasty sandwich recipes you’d like to share with us, we’d love to hear from you.