British Sandwich Week 2009

Posted on: 06 May 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

Help celebrate British Sandwich Week with our selection of mouth-watering sandwich recipes to keep you busy in the kitchen.


From the 10th – 16th May 2009 is British Sandwich Week. Even if you’re British, you may not have heard of this national food week but we can assure you, it exists.

In fact, so seriously do we take our sandwiches, we even have an official sandwich organisation. So we should, after all, they get their name from an Englishman who invented them.

The story goes that  John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, was such an enthusiastic gambler that he didn't like leaving the gaming table whilst playing so instead of breaking for dinner,  he asked that someone bring him some meat between a couple of slices of bread.

Later on, others would do the same saying something like, "I'll have what Sandwich is having" and eventually, people would just ask for "a Sandwich".

The British Sandwich Association was founded in 1990 and states itself as being “The trade body representing the UK sandwich industry, including both commercially made sandwiches and the ingredients used for making sandwiches in the home.”

According to their website, their primary aims include safeguarding the integrity of the sandwich industry; promoting excellence and innovation in sandwich making; promoting the consumption of sandwiches; and providing a collective voice for all those involved in making, distributing and retailing sandwiches.

But is there really the need for a whole association just for sarnies or is this one of those British idiosyncrasies?

Well, approximately 2 billion sandwiches are purchased in the UK each year with the commercial market being worth approximately £3.5 billion – that’s huge – bigger than the UK pizza market which is only worth £1 billion.

Around another 2.67 billion sandwiches are eaten by way of lunchboxes which contain sandwiches and it’s thought that 6.24 billion sandwiches are made within the home taking the total amount of sandwiches made to 10.96 billion per year – that’s almost 200 sandwiches per person each year.

Ham With Red Onion & Apple Salsa Sandwich


  • 1 generous slice of hand carved ham (sufficient to cover a slice of bloomer bread)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped apple
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped tomato
  • 28gm soft Goats cheese
  • 1 tsp apple-sauce


  1. Soften the cheese in a bowl with the back of a spoon and add the red onion, apple and tomato. Add the Apple Sauce.
  2. Mix until all combined into a spread able mix.
  3. Butter two slices of thickly cut bloomer bread.
  4. Place the ham onto one side of the buttered bloomer and spread with the ‘Salsa’ mixture.
  5. Top with ham and salsa with the other slice of buttered bloomer bread and cut in half.
  6. Serve with a side salad and drink of your choice. Ideal with a glass of crisp white wine or a pint of real ale.

BaguetteHam Hock Baguette


  • 56gm flaked ham hock
  • 1 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 0.5 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 0.5 hard-boiled egg (mashed)
  • 0.5 tsp chopped capers
  • 1 x 15cm baguette


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and spread onto a cut baguette.
  2. Serve with a side salad and drink of your choice.

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