The history of the sandwich

The history of the sandwich

At Lauren’s we are known for our tasty sandwiches, but did you know that over 4 billion are purchased from UK retailers and catering outlets each year? Sandwiches have become a popular lunchtime snack for us brits so surely we should know more about the humble sandwich. Here is a brief look at the history of the sandwich.

The sandwich that we enjoy today became popular in England way back in 1762 by the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu. Montagu was a HUGE fan of bread and meat, so would regularly eat them together. His creation skyrocketed and the sandwich revolution began. The first recorded sandwich recipe did not appear in an American cookbook until 1815, despite it being a popular delicacy in England.

You can see all of our delicious sandwiches and more over on our menu – don’t just take our word for it, check out our testimonials page!

Waterwells Shop Thriving!

Waterwells Shop Thriving!

It was with a heavy heart that I had to recently announce that our Bristol Road branch was closing after a fantastic 26 years of trading.

On the other hand, I am pleased to say that our Waterwells branch is going from strength to strength!

It offers a great selection of hot and cold snacks, including our ever-popular hot breakfast rolls, freshly prepared sandwiches, wraps and rolls and delicious cakes, confectionary and cold drinks.

Feel free to call in and choose what you would like. Alternatively, you can phone ahead to place your order then simply pop in to collect.

So fear not, we are still carrying on the great traditions first established at Bristol Road back in 1993 and we hope you will continue to support us.

Surprising Top 5 UK Sandwich Fillings?

Surprising Top 5 UK Sandwich Fillings?

Last month I talked about the history of the sandwich. Incidentally, did you know that more than a third of people in the UK would describe a sandwich as their favourite meal?

Anyway, I recently came across some research carried out by Warburtons the bakers. They asked 2,000 people what their favourite combination of sandwich fillings were, from the 1970s right up to the present day.

The results were very interesting and purport to show a move from traditional to more adventurous and experimental fillings, often vegetarian.

Here are the findings for favourite sandwich fillings over the decades:

1970s
1. Ham salad
2. Ham & cheese
3. Ploughman’s
4. Cheese & onion
5. Egg mayonnaise

1980s
1. Chicken salad
2. Tuna mayo
3. Tuna & cucumber
4. BLT
5. Tuna salad

1990s
1. BLT
2. Tuna mayo
3. Chicken mayo
4. Tuna salad
5. Chicken Club

2000s
1. Smoked salmon & cream cheese
2. Chicken mayo
3. Brie & cranberry
4. Salmon & prawn
5. Brie & grape

2010s
1. Hummus & falafel
2. BBQ pulled pork
3. Avocado
4. Chicken & avocado
5. Brie & grape

So what do I think? Some of our customers are firmly rooted in the 70s and 80s! And where are the bacon butties?