When is a sandwich not a sandwich? ... When it’s a wrap. Well, that’s according to angry customers at a Sussex garden centre cafe.
Diners were incensed when they discovered that wraps have been included in the sandwich section of the menu at South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks.
The controversy erupted after the Tates garden centre chain, which owns South Downs Nurseries, designed their menu for British Sandwich Week this year and included new sandwich wraps.
It soon emerged that not everyone agrees that a wrap is a sandwich.
In fact, customers were so outraged by the wraps on the specials menu that they completed customer feedback forms.
And among the comments were: “Can you please explain to me why you think a wrap is a sandwich? Wraps are a disgrace! What’s the problem with bread?”
Another stated: “How is a piece of cold, flat dough wrapped around a heap of filling, the same as a sandwich?”
And another complained: “A wrap is just a sad excuse for a sandwich!”
Another scoffed:“A halloumi and sweet chilli wrap for British Sandwich Week? What happened to cheese and pickle and other traditional British fillings? Next you’ll be serving it with French fries!!!”
However, restaurant manager Martin Cusack has confirmed the wraps will stay on the menu. “The British Sandwich Association defines a sandwich as: Any form of bread with a filling to include traditional wedge sandwiches, as well as filled rolls, baguettes, pitta, bloomers, wraps, bagels and the like, so it is clear that we are not doing anything wrong by including them in our Sandwich Week menu,” said Martin.
British Sandwich Week is the celebration of the most iconic British culinary invention and sees sandwich manufacturers and retailers across the UK offering many special offers and new ranges as a way of focusing attention on Britain’s most loved lunchtime snack.
The week culminates in the Oscars of the sandwich world - The Sammies - where the ‘Best New Sandwich’, ‘Sandwich Retailer of the Year’ and many more are crowned.