British Sandwich Week runs from the 11th-17th May 2014. In association with British Sandwich Week there is a charity event running under the name of “Good for Everyone”, raising money for various charities such as MacMillan Cancer Support and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. With this many retailers can get involved and raise money through sandwiches that they sell by donating a percentage of the selling cost of the sandwich.


The Sandwich

The Sandwich first came about in the 18th Century when Lord Sandwich requested his meat to be served between two pieces of bread so that he didn’t have to use a fork and could still do his usual activities such as playing cards whilst eating his food. The bread also helped keep his hands clean and protected them from getting greasy.

Sandwiches can be made up in lots of different ways. They can be made up using sliced bread, bread rolls, finger rolls and baguettes. You can have your sandwiches cold or you can have them toasted. Panini’s are another form of sandwich, which originate from Italy. Panini’s are made up by using bread such as baguette or ciabatta bread and then cooking it in a panini grilling machine to warm up the ingredients inside. Over the years the sandwich has become the most popular type of food to eat at lunchtime. Sandwiches are easy to make at home and they can also be purchased in many food stores, bakeries and cafés.

British Sandwich Week

British Sandwich Week is a great reason to celebrate the great British sandwich and try out lots of fillings. You could have some traditional fillings such as egg and cress or why not try one that you haven’t tried before, or even better why not experiment with fillings and find a completely new filling for yourself. For British sandwich week 2014 we look at the different fillings that you can have for sandwiches to give you some ideas of what to have.

Vegetarian Sandwiches

Egg and Cress

Egg and cress is a popular sandwich filling. It is very simple to make; simply boil up some eggs, let them cool down then mix up the egg with some mayonnaise. Spread the mixture onto some bread and then finally add the cress.

Cheese and Onion

Cheddar cheese is the most popular cheese type to use for this sandwich. Cheese and onion sandwiches vary depending whether you make them at home or where you buy them from. Different types of onion can be used for this filling such as red onion, white onion or spring onion.


A Ploughman’s sandwich is a great vegetarian sandwich, full of lots of flavour. A traditional Ploughman’s sandwich includes Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and brown pickle. This sandwich is popular to find in many pubs, cafés and supermarkets.


Cheese and Tomato

Cheese and tomato is a very simple sandwich to make by using slices of cheese and tomato and putting them into a sandwich. You can use a variety of cheeses to make this sandwich taste different each time that you eat it. You can use Cheddar, red Leicester or Cheshire cheese. Cheddar cheese is one of the most popular cheeses in the UK as it is a mild yet very tasty cheese.


To make this sandwich taste different you could always grill this sandwich or put it in a sandwich toaster to make it nice and warm. Warm tomato tastes very different to cold tomato and the cheese will melt nicely in a toasted sandwich.

Ham Sandwiches

Ham and Cucumber

Ham and cucumber or ham and salad are very tasty fillings that go well together in a sandwich. The salad in the sandwich also makes the sandwich that bit healthier. You could always top this filling with either salad cream or mayonnaise to finish it off nicely.

Ham and Cheese

Ham and cheese is a very simple and easy sandwich to make. Ham and Cheddar cheese go together very well as ingredients, but you can use whichever cheese you like in a ham and cheese sandwich. This sandwich can be also very nice toasted in a sandwich toaster.


Ham and Mustard

Ham and mustard is a very simple sandwich to make and can be very quick when in a hurry. Ham and mustard also compliment each other very well. Mustard is not always to everyones taste as it can be quite hot and spicy tasting, so you can always have a plain ham sandwich or top it with some salad and mayonnaise or salad cream.



The BLT stands for bacon, lettuce and tomato. All ingredients compliment each other very well. This is a very popular sandwich which you will find is easy to buy. You can make this sandwich up by cooking some bacon, letting it cool down and then adding some lettuce and tomato to it. You can top this sandwich with either mayonnaise or tomato sauce to make it taste even nicer, or you can leave it plain, the decision is all yours. A club sandwich is very similar to the classic BLT, with it’s main ingredients being bacon, lettuce, tomato, a slice of turkey and mayonnaise. The only difference the club sandwich has to the BLT is the slice of turkey. You will also find that with the BLT and the club sandwich that they are made with bread which has been toasted first.

Chicken Sandwiches

Chicken and Sweetcorn

Chicken and sweetcorn is a very tasty sandwich to have. The chicken and sweetcorn can be bound together with some mayonnaise. This is also a healthy sandwich with chicken being full of protein. Chicken and sweetcorn is also something you can buy as just a filling in many supermarkets. This makes the sandwich making even easier as all you have to do is spread it onto some bread when making your lunch.

Coronation Chicken

Coronation chicken may not suit everyone’s taste, however for those who like it may find it a very tasty sandwich to have. This sandwich can be found in many supermarkets, sandwich stores and cafés and can also be bought as a sandwich filling, which is already made up for you to spread onto a sandwich. If you like a chicken korma curry dish then you should like a coronation chicken sandwich as the tastes are very similar. A traditional coronation chicken sandwich should be made up with pieces of chicken, raisons and a mayonnaise sauce with herbs and spices such as curry powder.


Chicken and Stuffing

Chicken and stuffing go together very well in a sandwich and you will also find that this is a popular sandwich to find in many stores to buy. You can also make this sandwich at home as you can buy chicken and stuffing on many fresh meat counters in supermarkets and may also find chicken and stuffing in the pre-packed cold meats section.

Fish Sandwiches

Tuna and Sweetcorn

Tuna and sweetcorn is a sandwich that can be found in many different supermarkets, sandwich stores and cafés. You may also find that supermarkets sell tuna and sweetcorn as a ready made mix, so that all you have to do is spread the amount that you want onto a sandwich. To make this sandwich at home the tuna and sweetcorn can be bound together with mayonnaise, mixed up in a bowl together and then spread onto a sandwich.

Salmon and Cucumber

Salmon and cucumber compliment each other very well. You may also find this sandwich combination in many stores so that you can buy this for your lunch. You may find that many salmon and cucumber sandwiches are made up with a salmon paste with has been mixed up with mayonnaise, then has the cucumber placed on top with some lemon juice squeezed on the top of the filling.


Toasted Sandwiches


For a different tasting sandwich many sandwiches can be toasted in a sandwich toaster. The best ingredients to use for toasted sandwiches are fillings such as cheese which can melt easily or meats such as chicken and ham which taste nice warm. If you like the taste of the toasted bread, but don’t want the filling to be hot, then you can always toast your bread first before making your sandwich and have a cold filling.

Get involved with the British Sandwich Week and enjoy a variety of sandwiches to try out this week and see if you can come up with some new favourites for yourself.