Celebrate our favourite lunchtime meal – the sarnie – over British Sandwich Week, 14-20 May, with a few top sandwich twists and events in London…
The Steak Béarnaise sandwich: Yolk (pictured above)
You’re spoilt for choice with delish breakfasts and lunches to take away at latest opening, Yolk. The Steak Béarnaise sandwich is made with bavette steak from Tom Hixson of Smithfield, served with brown butter béarnaise, caramelised balsamic onions and fresh rocket leaves, served on a hot ciabatta.
Find it: Yolk | Unit 4, Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate, London EC2M 2PG
The Toastie: The Cheese Bar
The Cheese Bar serve up pimped up toasties with glorious cheese. The menu features signature classics from The Cheese Truck days including a festival favourite Cropwell Bishop Stilton and the Bacon & Pear Chutney sandwich alongside new additions including a Berkswell Saganaki and truffled Baron Bigod.
Find it: The Cheese Bar | Unit 93 and 94 Camden Market, North Yard, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
Banana Bread Sandwich: Daisy Green Collection
Everyone’s talking about this one, the award-winning Banana Bread Sandwich – two slices of toasted banana bread loaded with mascapone, fresh berries, flaked almonds and honey. Find it as part of the brunch menu at Daisy Green, Beany Green Romance in Little Venice and Timmy Green. Trust us, you won’t leave this spot hungry.
Find it: Daisy Green Collection | See website for locations
The Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich: Temple and Sons
It’s all about the succulent chicken breast and crunchy pickle inside this soft brioche bun, all brought together with a generous serving of Churchill sauce. Guests can indulge with cocktails in the ground floor bar, as a main dish in the restaurant, or as part of the bottomless Saturday brunch to toast British Sandwich Week in style!
Find it: Temple and Sons | 22 Old Broad St, London EC2N 1HQ
The Po’Boy: Division 194
Indulge in Po’ Boy baguettes stuffed with fillings like beef shin “debris” with bone marrow gravy, or NOLA-style shrimp (or go for both with a “surf and turf” sandwich!).
Don’t miss the Saturday brunch special – the Breakfast Po’ Boy and a New Orleans twist on the classic Benedict – a toasted English muffin topped with poach egg, hollandaise, house hot sauce plus a choice of buttermilk-fried chicken, signature beef shin “debris” or avocado and pickled chilli flakes. Make it bottomless with Bloody Marys, Cava and selected cask ale for £30!
Find it: Division 194 at The King & Co | 100 Clapham Park Rd, London SW4 7BZ
The Ice-cream Filled Bao: Gyoza Bar
These sweet caramelised steamed buns will be filled with a choice of either matcha green tea, chocolate or vanilla ice-cream; and topped with M&Ms and crushed Oreo cookies! Did we mention they’re free? Gyoza Bar, the Japanese restaurant in Covent Garden, are giving away these bao buns to every customer who dines in.
Find it: Gyoza Bar | 66 St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4JS
The Báhn Mi: Kêu
East meets West with this baguette, the Hoi An Deluxe Bánh Mi.
Made with pork ham, pork floss, house-made chicken liver pate, spiced pork belly, and topped with their secret ‘Hoi An Sauce’; a combination of shallots, bbq sauce, pate, minced pork and Vietnamese herbs and spices. Yes, it’s a (tasty) mouthful.
The Burger: The Deli Special, Honest Burgers
Back for the third year running, the Deli special is inspired by founder Tom’s favourite sandwich, from a shop in Brighton he used to visit as a student. Made with Honest beef, smoked streaky bacon, emmental cheese, pickles, red onion, punchy garlic mayo and baby spinach. It’s crunchy, delish and a celebration of British flavours.
Find it: at all Honest Burgers restaurants from now until Monday 29 May for £12.75 with rosemary salted chips.
Indulge in smørrebrød at the Nordic-French restaurant, Aster. These traditional Nordic open sandwiches by Executive Chef Helena Puolakka consist of buttered rye bread topped with the likes of Atlantic prawn skagen or cured salmon and pickles, to create a flavoursome and visually appealing dish. Guests can enjoy them as part of the smörgåsbord set menu or afternoon tea menu in the downstairs café.
Find it: Aster | 50 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5LB
The Lobster Roll: B.O.B’s Lobster
Take your roll a few steps further with lobster courtesy of B.O.B’s Lobster. Served up on paper plates from their 1957 VW camper van you’ll find them popping up in a lot of street food locations. This is perfect for summer feasting and don’t miss their lobster mac ‘n’ cheese for ultimate sharing.
Find it: Street Feast London
A Scandi Brunch: ScandiKitchen
Indulge in a Scandi brunch with bubbles to celebrate Norway Day on 17 May, in Southwark Park. For just £19.99, guests can enjoy a delicious brunch with sparkling wine.
Food and drinks will be available in the park all day. ScandiKitchen will be making open sandwiches – think delicious bread topped with flavours including Smoked Mackerel with fennel and apple; Egg and Prawn; or Roast Beef & Crispy Onion. The bar will be stocked with Norwegian beer, soft drinks and wines. Hotdogs, waffles & ice cream will also be available throughout the day!
The Naan Sliders: Rola Wala
Rola Wala serve up ‘twisted’ naan sliders packing in spices, herbs and crunch showcasing delicious Indian flavours. They’re so versatile for sharing that spice-lovers and vegetarians can tuck in together! Go for toppings including the Beetroot and Coconut Dal, Goan Roast Pork (our fave) and Rola Bhaji.
Find it: Street Feast London – Dalston Yard, Hawkerhouse and Model Market
The Sandwich Fest
On Saturday 20 May in celebration of British Sandwich Week, Sandwich Fest will bring together 8 of the London’s top street food vendors and restaurants, with one focus – upping the sandwich game. There will also be craft beer, cocktails and live music. Celebrated sandwich specialists, Brindisa, Deeney’s, Grill My Cheese, Le Bao, Project Sandwich and The Piadina Project are confirmed to take part in the event.
Sandwich Fest | SPACE Gallery Courtyard, Warburton Street, Hackney E8 3RH | Saturday 20 May | Tickets are available for the afternoon (12-4.30pm) or evening session (5pm-10pm).
Tickets available here | Tickets for Sandwich Fest are priced at £9 + booking fee, which includes a taster sandwich of your choice plus a beer from The Five Points Brewing Company or a soft drink from Square Root Soda.