At this moment, I’m sitting thinking I really ought to go make some lunch. In 2004, he partnered with his younger son Orlando and Planet Hollywood founder Robert Earl to launch Earl of Sandwich, a chain of fast-casual sandwich restaurants. Speaking to HuffPost from his family’s estate at Mapperton, Montagu described a portrait of the 4th Earl of Sandwich, which hangs in the home. He sat as Member of Parliament for Brackley and Huntingdonshire and served as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household and as Master of the Buckhounds. But first, let’s dig deep into the history of his enviable title. Order Ahead and Skip the Line at Earl of Sandwich. My favorite would be at lunchtime with a minimum of difficulty.”, “I think my least favorite is the kind of sandwich that people want to put everything into. Delivery & Pickup Options - 81 reviews of Earl of Sandwich "I love this sandwich place! Keep scrolling for more of his thoughts on sandwiches. But it’s not that I’m against mayonnaise. And always with a paper napkin because you always never know where it’s going to go next.”. He also does not necessarily think his ancestor was a gambling addict, as some versions of the story have suggested. I do occasionally have it with other things in sandwiches, with salad or you could have it, of course, with fish. In 1762, author and historian Edward Gibbon wrote in a diary entry that he observed “Twenty or thirty, perhaps, of the first men in the kingdom, in point of fashion and fortune, supping at little tables covered with a napkin, in the middle of a coffee-room, upon a bit of cold meat, or a sandwich, and drinking a glass of punch.”. Now a fish sandwich has never really taken off. And he enjoyed the company of other people,” Montagu continued. 1969). “I think looking at his attire, it was more difficult for gentlemen of that period to act as we do, because it was difficult to be informal,” he said. The chain has more than 30 locations in the U.S. and one at Disneyland Paris. But, of course, every nobleman of that period knew how to play cards and probably gambled, and he was no exception. I obviously have a historical link. His son, the tenth Earl, represented South Dorset in Parliament as a Conservative from 1941 to 1962, when he succeeded his father in the earldom and had to resign his seat in the House of Commons and enter the House of Lords. Part of HuffPost Food & Drink. The heir apparent's heir apparent is his elder son, The Hon. He was succeeded by his son, the seventh Earl. He was the son of Rear-Admiral the Hon. The second Earl's great-grandson was The 4th Earl of Sandwich, who was a prominent statesman and served as First Lord of the Admiralty and as Secretary of State for the Northern Department. Those are the concerns I have during the day. Lord Sandwich was Member of Parliament for Huntingdon and Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire. 2004). However it went down, historians know that his title, Earl of Sandwich, was associated with the food term “sandwich,” which became fashionable in England around the time.  From the 17th century until the 1960s, the family also owned Hinchingbrooke House in Huntingdonshire, from which the title Viscount Hinchingbrooke was derived. Only had the opportunity when we drive to Disneyland with the family and do a pit stop at Downtown Disney Anaheim but NOW it's in my own backyard! He briefly represented Dover in the House of Commons and served as Ambassador to Portugal and as Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire. The Earl of Sandwich at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort serves hot and cold sandwiches on artisan-baked bread, soups, salads and wraps. I do a lot of gardening. We have. Lots of different things come up.”, “Well, I’m not a chef. I’m a bit lazy. I start on a rowing machine. Though Montagu is quick to emphasize he is not a chef, he does have some opinions on his family’s namesake food. 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Official Parliamentary Portrait by Chris McAndrew, “I prefer homemade hollandaise or mayonnaise. My Go-To sandwich was always the Chipotle Chicken Sandwich. “I’m sure his working life was very active. John Montagu, who currently holds the title, is the 11th Earl of Sandwich and serves in the House of Lords. The current Earl of Sandwich concedes that people in England and beyond were certainly eating sandwiches long before they were ever called sandwiches. Victor Alexander Montagu, second son of the seventh Earl. To kick off HuffPost’s Epic Sandwich Month, we interviewed Montagu, who answers to the formal address of ― no joke ― Lord Sandwich. But I do think it was the minority of the time.”. Lord Sandwich is also remembered for sponsoring the voyages of discovery made by Captain James Cook, R.N., who named the Sandwich Islands in his honour, and as the namesake of the sandwich. Place Orders Online or on your Mobile Phone. In this sense, eating a piece of meat between two slices of bread was a matter of ease and convenience amid the formality of everyday life for the earl. The viscountcy is used as the courtesy title by the heir apparent to the earldom. He was succeeded by his son, the second Earl. Now a fish sandwich has never really taken off. It’s stuffed with mayonnaise and has more than three stories. Cant go wrong with strips of thin crispy bacon paired with juicy strips of chicken. “I rather enjoy a traditional sandwich, roast beef and some salad like watercress, but not one of these very large American sandwiches. His son, the sixth Earl, also represented Huntingdonshire in Parliament. Find out what he thinks Americans get wrong about sandwiches. Different renditions of this story have the earl specifically asking for beef between two slices of bread or just requesting something he could eat without having to leave the card table, which forced the house cook to get creative. The family seat is today at Mapperton in Dorset. It is nominally associated with Sandwich, Kent. His eldest son, the eighth Earl, represented Huntingdon in the House of Commons as a Conservative and served as Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire. A member of the prominent Montagu family, Lord Sandwich was the son of Sir Sidney Montagu, youngest brother of Henry Montagu, 1st Earl of Manchester (from whom the Dukes of Manchester descend), and Edward Montagu, 1st Baron Montagu of Boughton (from whom the Dukes of Montagu descended). Earl of Sandwich is a noble title in the Peerage of England, held since its creation by the House of Montagu. He disclaimed his peerages in 1964 but never returned to the House of Commons. Montagu told HuffPost about his hopes and dreams for fish sandwiches, his true feelings about mayonnaise and his belief that sandwich halves should always be cut into triangles. Wash it all down with assorted hot or cold beverages—including Earl Grey lemonade, a … As of 2017[update], the titles are held by his eldest son, the eleventh Earl, who succeeded in 1995. Lord Sandwich is one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, and sits as a cross-bencher. All rights reserved. He held office in the first two Conservative administrations of the Earl of Derby as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms and Master of the Buckhounds and was also Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire. The Earl of Sandwich sounds like a mythical figure from British folklore, but he is, in fact, a very real person. I’m in meetings for the heritage property, which we look after, and ways of creating more access for the public. Montagu is a direct descendant of John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who is often credited as the inventor of the sandwich. John Montagu, who currently holds the title, is the 11th Earl of Sandwich and serves in the House of Lords. He was succeeded by his son, the fifth Earl. My routine, if I’m working at my desk in London, obviously I can’t do so much exercise, but I do quite a lot of walking in London. Over the past couple of decades, Montagu’s historical culinary link has become a source of family income. I’m not fond of those,” he told HuffPost, adding that he also enjoys a classic French croque monsieur and typically prefers his sandwiches on “wholemeal bread.”, “They are at lunchtime because I very rarely eat formally at lunchtime. He was succeeded by his nephew, the ninth Earl. Each savory sandwich creation begins with artisan loaves baked to perfection and piled high with choice ingredients, including premium meats roasted fresh daily according to cherished family recipes. It could be triangular or it could be cut as a rectangle ― I think there’s some doubt about that, too. We talked sandwiches with John Montagu, aka Lord Sandwich, the greatest title on earth. It was created in 1660 for the prominent naval commander Admiral Sir Edward Montagu. , Michael Rhodes. I do occasionally have it with other things in sandwiches, with salad or you could have it, of course, with fish. Breaking news, analysis and the latest polls on the presidential race from HuffPost’s politics team, Register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot today, The best recipes, kitchen tips and genius food facts. Recipes and more delivered to your inbox! Some historical papers of the family and its Hinchingbrooke estate are held by Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at the County Record Office in Huntingdon. Some of the time I’m working in the House of Lords and other times in Dorset, which is where I’m speaking from. In fact, I don’t do enough cooking. I’m like a lot of other people who just need to keep going through the lunch hour. ©2020 Verizon Media. Normally it’s still a triangle, which was the original English idea.”, “Yes, I think it makes it easier to eat them. So I would certainly avoid that.”, “I prefer homemade hollandaise or mayonnaise. They serve such sandwiches as “The Original 1762,” “The Earl’s Club” and “The Full Montagu.”. “Life was very organized, and even if you just sit at a little table in your London club, you’d still be wearing different costumes and you’d be handling a scroll of paper like he is in this portrait.”. While he may not have invented it, the sandwich was named for him after a particularly lazy moment of ingenuity: According to legend, the fourth earl enjoyed gambling, and in the middle of a particularly engrossing stretch at the card table in 1762, he ate nothing but a piece of roast beef between two slices of toasted bread because he could hold it in one hand, allowing him to continue playing without having to pause for a meal.