What do the British eat for lunch?

It's a fact that sandwiches are Britain's favourite lunchtime food!


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Five thing's you probably didn't know about sandwiches:

1. The modern-day sandwich was invented in the town of Sandwich in Kent, England.

2. 'Subs' and 'clubs' are also a type of sandwich, but do you know which sandwich is which?

3. Brits eat more than 5 BILLION sandwiches every year!

4. The Hawaiian Islands used to be called the Sandwich Islands.

5. The informal word for a sandwich is a 'sarnie'.


Every country in the world has its own special sandwiches. For example, the French invented the Croque Monsieur (that we also know as a ham and cheese toastie), and the Italians like to snack on tramezzini – small, delicate sandwiches cut in triangles and filled with local meats, salad, and mayonnaise. In England, there is a special sandwich called a Coronation Chicken.



It was invented in the 1930’s to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and includes chicken, spicy mayonnaise and sultanas. This may seem like an unusual combination, but the team here at IQ Global recommend you try this iconic sandwich at least once :).



Sandwiches are also part of an English tradition called ‘afternoon tea’ or ‘high tea’. This tradition was created in 1865 by the 7th Duchess of Bedford. In those times, it was for ladies to meet, eat and drink tea in the afternoon. One of the reasons was so that they could talk about politics and other things that were traditionally ‘male’ topics, plus gossip about their husbands! The phrase ‘tea and sympathy’ comes from the kind of talk ladies would have at high tea.