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Ultimate Tea & Sandwich Pairings

The 14th May marks the start of British Sandwich Week, and we’re celebrating the best way we know how: with the ultimate tea and sandwich pairings. With the help of a Michelin Guide-recognised chef we came up with some magnificent combinations – they’ll be available at The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock, Oxfordshire for this week, so drop in and try them if you’re in the area!

To help us with crafting sandwiches fit for a king, we got in touch with chef Dominic Chapman. Dominic’s representing South-West England in the BBC’s Great British Menu this year, so he seemed like the ideal person to take our sandwiches from ideas to fully-fledged culinary masterpieces.

As a former head chef at Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant The Hind’s Head, Dominic’s knack for perfecting apparently simple dishes has earned him wide acclaim. We met him at the Feathers Hotel in Woodstock in the Kitchen by Dominic Chapman restaurant – we managed to snap a few pictures of the scrumptious sandwiches before they “mysteriously disappeared”…

We’ve opted for simple fillings that anyone can make at home, whether you’re a Michelin-starred chef or someone who can’t tell quiche from quinoa. Ready? Put the kettle on, warm the pot and start slicing that bread!

Chelsea Garden + Tomato & Mozzarella Sandwiches

For a light, floral white tea you need something a little more delicate. We think our Chelsea Garden blend goes rather well with tomato and mozzarella sandwiches: you could even add a little pesto for an Italian twist.

Summer Pudding + Caramelised Onion, Mushroom & Brie Sandwiches

Inspired by the classic British pudding, our Summer Pudding black tea is a symphony of summer with juniper berries, strawberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants. You need a creamy complement to all that fruit, so we’ve plumped for melted brie, a scattering of sautéed mushrooms and some caramelised onion to add sweetness.

Lapsang Souchong + Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

Lapsang’s known for its unique smokiness, achieved by smoking the black tea over pine fires. It seemed only natural to pair it with smoked salmon sandwiches – Dominic’s added cream cheese with a dash of tabasco and Worcestershire sauce.

Genmaicha + Fish Finger Sandwiches

Genmaicha isn’t your everyday green tea: blended with crispy toasted rice, it’s a popcorn lover’s dream. We’ve paired it with good old fish finger sandwiches for a scrumptious savoury treat, and added a dollop of tartare sauce for good measure.

White Peony + Cucumber Sandwiches

Another exquisite white tea, White Peony has a complex fruity sweetness and hints of bright melon. Add some cucumber sandwiches with a little cream cheese and a garnish of pea shoots, and you’ve got a match made in afternoon tea heaven.

Imperial Puerh+ Steak & Stilton Sandwiches

Fancy something a little more substantial? Imperial Puerh is a fermented tea from the Chinese province of Yunnan: with its full body and gutsy autumnal tones, it demands a sandwich with welly. Dominic’s gone to town with a serious steak sarnie, slathered in lovely stilton and garnished with a generous helping of rocket, caramelised onions and tomato. Oh boy.

Your Sandwiches or your Life!

Drooling at the mouth? Don’t forget to tune in to BBC2 from 7:30 on Monday 8th May to see more of Dominic’s cooking on The Great British Menu – we can happily say that the sandwiches tasted as good as they looked.

We’d love to know what you thought of our suggestions – or to hear your own. Have you found the perfect match for Earl Grey? Did you figure out a way to sneak crisp sandwiches into your auntie’s afternoon tea? Comment below with your ideas and we’ll give them a try.

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