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Southsea’s Oldest Sandwich Shop Wins Gold In The British Sandwich Industry 2018 Awards

Posted: 8th May 2018

André’s Food Bar, located in Osborne Road, are celebrating being awarded the top spot in the Independent Sandwich Retailer – Sandwich Shop category in the prestigious British Sandwich Association annual awards – The Sammies 2018.

These awards are the highlight of the national sandwich and food to go industry calendar, with famous names such as Waitrose, Greggs and Warburtons, amongst the event sponsors.

Andrés Food Bar (Andrés) has been the place to go to grab a tasty, freshly made breakfast or lunch when on the go, for the past 30 years. It’s a family business, run by André Guedeney, that’s been keeping city residents fed with filled baguettes, croissants and delicious patisserie items since 1988. André and his team are especially proud of their distinctive French baguettes that are baked on site every morning, which they supply to some of Portsmouth's best restaurants daily.

The British Sandwich and Food to Go Association represents those businesses where sandwiches form a core part of the food to go offer. Their mystery shop judges visited the Southsea establishment and, aside from scoring top marks in almost every aspect of the report, the judges’ comments included: “What an amazing place! It’s not just the food but it’s the atmosphere that makes this such a great place. It is beyond friendly and has the claim of Southsea’s oldest sandwich bar. Of all the sandwich bars I have visited, this is the one I would go back to time and time again.”

André, from Southsea, Portsmouth, said: “I am thrilled that we’ve been recognised and nominated for these awards, alongside so many other successful national independent sandwich retailers. The fact we have now won this category of the Independent Sandwich Retailer award, really is a delightful surprise and is all down to my team’s hard work! The timing is perfect given that this year is our 30th anniversary, plus we will soon be opening our second shop in the heart of the city, so it really is an incredible year for us.”

André reveals why he thinks Andre’s Food Bar has been so successful and deserves this accolade. ‘We’ve always listened to the views of our loyal customers who tell us what they love about us and what they’d like to see us offer. We create delicious, simple, fuss-free, fresh food while they wait, made just the way they want it”.

It’s clear to see why they’ve won this award. The team continue to offer their famous homemade garlic chicken baguettes, homemade jalapeño quiches and of course, their freshly baked croissants. Let’s also not forget their hugely popular homemade mayonnaise and vinaigrette, plus, there are daily specials, including inspiring baguettes with scrumptious fillings and a range of healthy, create-your-own salads.

As Gold Award winners of The Sammies this year, Andrés have now qualified as finalists for Britain’s Independent Sandwich Retailer Award 2018 and will find out whether they’ve won at the awards ceremony, which will take place on 10th May at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in Hyde Park, London. Dominic Holland, and celebrity chef, Theo Randall will host the event. Andrés will be up against 3 other independent retailers and vying for the top spot (and the icing on the cake) - to be crowned the overall winners of the Independent Sandwich Retailer Award 2018.

André's Food Bar, located at 54, Osborne Road, Southsea, is open Monday to Saturday 8am to 3pm.

The team is also able to cater for private parties, hospitality or events.