Did the Brits invent the sandwich?

It all started in the 1700s in a small town called … well it was called Sandwich of course. This story goes something like this. The fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, was playing a game of cards and became very hungry. But this was a predicament because he did not want to stop playing his game to have a meal. So he ordered the staff to bring him beef between two slices of bread. His friends asked to have “the same as Sandwich” and there we go! The delightful lunch-time meal was born.

A reference to the sandwich did not pop up in historical documentation until the 1760s but we all know it was Montagu who started the trend.

The town of Sandwich still exists and is located in Kent, England. The medieval town now attracts tourists for its historic churches, the Richborough Roman Fort and the town’s location on the River Stour. And yes sandwiches are a specialty in the town of Sandwich.

The Brits have embraced their role in the creation of sandwiches to the point that we could be considered sandwich-mad. So mad we decided to set up an organisation called The British Sandwich & Food to Go Association, also known as the BSA. This group of sandwich lovers was formed in 1990 and stands as the ‘voice of the sandwich industry’.

The BSA’s mission statement reads: “To promote excellence and innovation in sandwich making. To provide a source of information for the industry. To promote the consumption of sandwiches and food to go.”

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