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A Sandwich pub has won the town’s first Sandwich of Sandwich competition in five years, held as part of the snack’s 250th anniversary.
New licensees Jeanette Todd and Bob Taylor at the Market Inn in the Cattle Market took first place, despite deciding to enter the competition on the spur of the moment.
Jeanette said: “We’ve only been at the pub for a month and have been so busy that I didn’t think we’d have time to enter. But then one of our local competitors egged us on, so we thought: why not have a go?”
Jeanette’s concoction was a hit with judge John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, at the weekend’s Sandwich Celebration. The ‘Market Sandwich’ contained pastrami, pulsed black beans with cumin, feta, red onion, fresh coriander and tomato, dressed with chilli and lime mayonnaise and served on wholegrain bread.
Jeanette and Bob only recently returned from living in Portugal for seven years. They arrived back in the UK with a desire to run a pub, specifically, one in the Cinque Port town. They have set about returning the 16th century pub to its former glory, restoring the tearoom, opening up the backroom and offering lunches.
Jeanette continued: “This pub is going to look after both the people of Sandwich and the town’s visitors – we’ve ditched the pool table and jukebox and gone back to traditional pub pastimes, like bar billiards. We hope to bring evening meals back soon, but in the meantime, we hope people will enjoy our lunches, especially the Market Sandwich which is going straight onto our menu.”