No ifs, no butties! Bacon is voted nation’s favourite sandwich

No ifs, no butties! Bacon is voted nation’s favourite sandwich

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Traditional cheese, still a great favourite, came second in the poll. Egg mayonnaise was third.

It’s not known how long our favourite filling has been around, but the earliest literary reference to a “bacon sandwich” was made by Animal Farm author George Orwell in 1931.

And the Daily Express was first to refer to a “bacon sarnie” on August 21, 1986.

Although not exactly a health food, the bacon butty is considered an excellent hangover cure. And the survey revealed we do try to think about our diets when we eat our sandwiches.

A third of us prefer brown bread, compared to 25 percent who always opt for white. And we generally like medium slices.

As a nation we eat 12 billion sarnies year at a cost of £8 billion-plus. On average we eat four a week. A fifth of workers have one every day for lunch. A quarter of those are home-made.

But despite being sarnie experts, 46 percent of us do not realise the dish was invented in Britain.

In 1762, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, asked his chefs to put together his two favourite foods, roast beef and sliced bread, so he could eat while playing cards through the night.

The poll was for Travelodge to celebrate its 593rd hotel opening in Sandwich, Kent.

Spokeswoman Shakila Ahmed said: “We thought it would be fitting to celebrate the town’s most famous resident.”

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TOP 10 SANDWICHES

1. Bacon

2. Cheese

3. Egg mayonnaise

4. Sausage

5. Tuna mayonnaise

6. Roast chicken

7. Ham and Cheese

8. Cheese and pickle

9. Cheese and onion

10. Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato

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