the best sandwiches in brighton & hove

National Sandwich Week kicked off on Sunday, so it seemed only right to take this opportunity to sample the best the city has to offer. So we’ve been busy scoffing sandwiches in the name of journalism (it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it) and these are the ones that came out on top.

Larder Deli
You wouldn’t be blamed for walking past the Larder Deli on a busy day without noticing what’s inside. It’s a bit like a sandwich, you need to get in there to know how good it is. They brought their vegan deli to the busy North Laine last year and they’ve been filling (our) bellies ever since. They have a mixed menu including salads and sandwiches, but a must-try is their lentil dahl and chutney toastie. Try it once and it’s highly likely you’ll be back for more. And more.
Open daily 10.00am – 5.00pm
Larder, 53 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN

Real Patisserie
Now, these guys know how to make a loaf of bread;  their chewy brown is an institution here in Brighton & Hove. We know that we can’t walk past one of their bakeries without buying a loaf anyway. So we had to include their salt beef, dill pickle, American mustard and coleslaw sarnie on said chewy brown. We’d happily queue out of the door for this one.

Opening times vary
Various locations in Brighton & Hove, including 25 Western Rd, Hove BN3 1AF

Fourth & Church
Not only a restaurant, wine bar and wine shop, Fourth & Church is also one of Hove’s winning stops for a takeaway sandwich of dreams. If you do fancy sitting in, choose from their hot falafel baguette with pickles, tahini yoghurt sauce and rocket – a delicious veggie option – or go all out and have the crispy chicken, parmesan mayo, little gem and pickled pink onion-filled ciabatta. One thing’s for sure: you won’t leave hungry.
Open Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 10.00pm, Sunday 12.00pm – 7.00pm
Fourth & Church, 84 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2EB

The Flour Pot

If you’re a meat-eater and haven’t had THAT chicken & chorizo melt from The Flour Pot, then where have you been? Available at each of their sites across Brighton & Hove, it’s a perfect lunchtime pit stop that will leave you wanting more. Upgrade to the large and share it to spread the joy, but make sure you’ve got a napkin at the ready. We love this messy, but winning, combination.sandwich-brighton

Opening times vary, mostly 8.00am – 6.00pm
Various locations in Brighton & Hove, including 40 Sydney St, Brighton BN1 4EP

Olly’s Fish Shack (main image)
We have to admit that we only recently tried this for the first time (we know, where have we been), but it’s definitely left its mark. Olly’s stall at Friday’s Street Diner at Brighthelm Garden always has a queue and now we know why. The Classic is cod, homemade tartar sauce, homemade mushy peas, lettuce and lemon. It’s £6.50 and for the size of it (it’s big), we think it’s great value. Even Rick Stein is a fan.
Every Friday, 11.00am – 3.00pm
Olly’s Fish Shack, Street Diner, Brighthelm Gardens, Queens Road, Brighton BN1 1RL
Olly’s Fish Shack

Baby Bao
Ok, we know we said sandwiches and there isn’t a slice of bread in sight, but it’s still made from a type of dough and there’s a delicious filling, so that’s just as good in our book. Simply too good not to mention, we’ve been huge fans of the Baby Bao residency at The Pond since it re-opened a year ago. Their soft, sweet, steamed buns are the perfect pub food, combining Taiwanese flavours and the most INCREDIBLE fries available on the side.
Monday night is vegan bao night and you can also get your hands on one of their buns at Friday’s Street Diner, if you fancy dining al fresco.
Monday to Friday 12.00pm – 3.00pm & 5.00pm – 9.00pm, Saturday 12.00pm – 9.00pm, Sunday 12.00pm – 6.00pm
Baby Bao at The Pond, 49, Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AQ
Baby Bao

We Love Falafel
Again, it’s not technically a sandwich, but variety is the spice of life and we’d happily tuck into a We Love Falafel wrap for lunch any day of the week. Perfect for veggies, you can choose from falafel, sweet potato or beetroot ‘falafel’, but, for us, the sweet potato melt wins every time. It’s pretty weighty so you’ll need to be hungry, but there’s always their salad box option, too.
Monday to Saturday, 11.00am – 6.00pm
We Love Falafel, 37 Sydney Street, Brighton BN1 4EP

Photo credits: Olly’s Fish Shack (main image), Edward Bishop (The Flour Pot), The Pond (Baby Bao)