• British Sandwich Week

    Celebrate with 15% off in Fishbone Restaurant between 19th-25th May 2019

15% off Sandwiches for British Sandwich Week

British Sandwich Week is a week-long celebration of the greatest food to go and quite possibly the most iconic British culinary invention, the Sandwich.

The British Sandwich Association defines a sandwich as: Any form of bread with a filling, generally assembled cold - to include traditional wedge sandwiches, as well as filled rolls, baguettes, pitta, bloomers, wraps, bagels and the like, but not burgers and other products assembled and consumed hot. Hot eating sandwiches are also included.

 

Contact us today to make a reservation:

Email: fishbone@futureinns.co.uk or Call: 01752 701000

Subject to availability, between 19th-25th May 2019 from the lunch menu served 12pm-5pm.

Facts and Figures

The modern sandwich is named after Lord John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, but it’s probably true to say that the story might not be an accurate historical account. Lord Sandwich, a “dedicated” gambler, did not like to take time out from the game to have a meal. He would, therefore, ask casino waiters to bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread; a habit well known among his gambling friends. Because John Montagu was the Earl of Sandwich others began to order "the same as Sandwich!" – aka the ‘sandwich.’

  • Every year we spend over £3 billion on sandwiches, equating to 8.2 million sandwiches purchased sandwiches being consumed annually.
  • Around 57% of all commercially bought sandwiches are made with traditional square sandwich bread.
  • Wraps account for about 5% of all sandwich sales in major retailers. The big new thing with wraps has been the hot wrap, with a number of new products being launched recently. They really do taste great hot!
  • Panini sandwiches are also gaining in popularity – last year their sales rose by 14% in major retailers, although they still only account for around 2% of sandwich sales.
  • Baguettes are also popular accounting for around 10% of commercially made sandwiches.
  • The first ‘packaged’ sandwich is believed to have been launched by Marks & Spencer in 1985 thanks to the creation of an ‘easy seal’ pack by Hans Blokmann, the then technical director of packaging supplier Danisco Otto Nielsen.
  • Chicken remains the most popular filling in commercially made sandwiches accounting for around 31% of all sandwiches.
  • Britons eat some 43,000 tonnes of chicken in sandwiches each year. That’s the same weight as 258 Blue Whales or 6,006 double-decker buses.

The following are the estimated volumes (in tonnes) of key ingredients used by the commercial sandwich market each year:

  1. Chicken 43,000
  2. Cheese 16,000
  3. Ham 15,000
  4. Egg 14,000
  5. Bacon  7,000
  6. Prawns  6,250
  7. Tuna  6,250
  8. Salmon  3,000
  9. Beef  2,750
  10. Sausages 250

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