Cheese has been named the nation’s favourite sandwich filling, according to a recent study.
The research of 2,000 Brits revealed more than half of adults consider a plain cheese sandwich – with no condiments or salad items – to be the best.
Coming in a close second was ham and cheese followed by ham salad, with a classic sausage sandwich just missing out on a spot in the top three.
Other popular sandwich fillings include Ploughman’s, egg and cress and tuna mayonnaise.
But while peanut butter and jam may be a favourite for our cousins across the pond, it ended up at the bottom of the list with just nine per cent of Brits enjoying the American classic.
The findings, by Warburtons, also found Brits will eat an average of four sandwiches a week, with 82 per cent naming it their favourite lunchtime meal.
Seven in 10 reckon crusts should be left on, with three in 10 choosing to cut their sarnie diagonally.
It also emerged a quarter of Brits will change their sandwich eating habits depending on the occasion, with 25 per cent anticipating a more ‘premium’ sandwich choice for their picnic to commemorate the Royal Wedding this weekend.
The most popular superior sandwich to toast Harry and Meghan will be Coronation chicken, followed by BBQ pulled pork and chicken and pesto.
Yet more than one in 10 believe the Queen will be nibbling her way through cucumber sandwiches on the big day, while smoked salmon and cream cheese set to be the most popular choice for the guests.
A spokesman for Warburtons said:
It has been reported some guests to this weekend’s Royal wedding will have to bring their own picnic, so we were keen to find out just how the nation takes its sandwiches.
Our research shows the UK has declared the humble cheese sandwich as its number one filling. With so much choice these days, it’s interesting to see such a classic retain it’s crown.
Varying from the norm isn’t uncommon though for special occasions. Smoked salmon and cream cheese topped the list for celebrating the Royal wedding, with our research suggesting the Queen is expected to enjoy the quintessentially British cucumber sandwiches.
Top 10 most popular sandwich fillings for everyday occasions:
2. Ham and cheese
3. Ham salad
5. Cheese and onion
6. Egg mayonnaise
7. Tuna mayo
8. Chicken salad
9. Chicken mayo
10. Cheese and pickle
Top five most popular sandwich fillings when out for a meal:
4. Fish Finger
Top five most popular sandwich fillings for a special occasion:
1. Christmas Sandwich
2. Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese (Royal wedding favourite)
3. Chicken & Stuffing
4. Prawn Mayonnaise
5. Chicken Mayo
This reminds me of a moment from my childhood. I was at a local sandwich shop with my grandpa Steve where we were cooling off after playing football in the park.
I originally suggested ham but grandpa wasn’t impressed. I asked why and he said: ‘Why have ham when you can have cheese?’
‘Cheese?’ I said. ‘Yes,’ he replied. ‘Cheese is the greatest sandwich filling. Believe me.’
Now here we are, some fifteen years later, my grandpa was right all along. As well as non-fictional.