In 1762 there was a very famous English politician. Everybody knew about him because he enjoyed playing cards very much. One night he stayed at the card table for 24 hours and he ate nothing but slices of bread with pieces of meat inside. His name was John Sandwich. The English name for a sandwich comes from this man.
Sandwiches were great favourites in Victorian England. It was the custom to “take” afternoon tea at about four o’clock, and many rich families ate sandwiches at this time. Cucumber sandwiches were very popular. The servants always cut the edges of the bread, so the sandwiches were very small and delicate.
Sandwiches are less elegant now and often much bigger.
The English eat millions of sandwiches every day. They are a typical “snack” meal because they are easy and quick to prepare. You can buy sandwiches if you don’t want to make them yourself. There are thousands of” sandwich bars” and cafes and even some restaurants that sell them.