Ham and Tewkesbury butter sandwiches recipe

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Ham and tewkesbury butter sandwiches are brown bread sandwiches filled with ham and a spicy butter with mustard and horseradish added to it.

Ham and Tewkesbury butter sandwiches
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time
Total Time10 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories128 Kcal6%
Fat8 g11%
Saturated Fat4.5 g23%

Ham and Tewkesbury butter sandwiches have a firy kick to the butter which gives them real bite. 

Perfect for afternoon tea, picnics or anytime you need some new buffet food ideas. Ham sandwiches are an obvious choice but these ones are extra special and always go down well with guests. It's hard to beat a well-made sandwich and they are a  cheap way to feed a crowd. You might also like to try the recipe for our coronation-style chicken sandwiches which can be seen in the photo above. For a buffet spread that pulls out all the stops we recommend packing a selection of sandwiches and cutting them into triangles so that you can mix-and-match!


  • 100g (3½oz) butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp coarse-grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp hot horseradish
  • 6 slices brown bread
  • 175g (6oz) wafer-thin ham
  • 1 punnet salad cress




  1. Beat together the butter, mustard and horseradish.
  2. Spread over the bread. Fill with ham, add cress, and sandwich together.
  3. Cut off crusts and cut sandwiches into quarters.

Top tip for making ham and Tewkesbury butter sandwiches

Cookery Editor, Sue McMahon, suggests that you use horseradish sauce if you don’t have hot horseradish but add a little more to get the required depth of flavour.

What is Tewkesbury butter or Tewkesbury mustard?

It's a sauce made from a mix of mustard and grated horseradish to create a really spicy kick, invented in the town of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, UK, in the 17th Century. It was a very famous sauce at the time, and Shakespeare references it in one of his plays. Traditionally English recipes did not contain chillies as they weren't available, so spiciness came from mustard or horseradish instead.

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Octavia Lillywhite
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Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.