The North-South Culinary divide…

Now that I’m on the topic of food…

There is a definite North/South divide in England when it comes to food.

Pudding, Chips, Peas, Gravy, and a fish.Firstly if we take the good old staple Chippy. It is very hard to find a chip shop that will sell , , or Sauce. The exception for curry sauce is chippies that are Chinese take aways. If you are lucky enough to find such a , they generally sell the gravy etc as an extra in a little cup. You get no chance of eating it to go… what ever happened to take out trays? Also the pies down south are awful, they generally seem to be plastic wrapped Pukka Pies, whereas in the north they tend to be fresh Hollands Pies. Worse yet is that they don’t sell Steak and Kidney puddings… and even if they did there’d be no tray for it, or gravy to pour over it. All supermarkets sell Hollands products in packs of 4… in the south – nothing. There are now a few Asda’s starting to stock their products, however on the whole I have to import my supplies.

Greggs is a pretty universal pie shop now, however there is a subtle difference depending where in the country you live. Greggs in Newcastle sell Ham and , but by the time you get to Manchester you can’t buy this. Manchester have decent , my particular favourite being Potato and Meat ( note the order ), however as you move south these are replaced with inferior pasties and the Potato and meat is not even available.

Seeded Batch Warburton’s bakery is a good northern baker. You can now get a small amount of their products in southern supermarkets. I recently found that sainsbury’s were selling their Seeded Batch which is just fantastic for sandwiches, but even better toasted. Other products that are a Warbutons must… Oven Bottoms and Toastie. Although beware, the Toastie loaf is generall taller than your toaster! 🙂




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ToastRecently i’ve found that I have a change of preference over the way I eat my . I’m not sure why, but I guess it comes down to the rate of age increase, but I now prefer my toast slightly colder before I put on it. Now I know that this has been a tip for a long time, as cold toast absorbs less butter, and thefore you take on less an , however for me it is purely down to taste. How odd!

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have become the latest food stuff to make it back onto my ok list… I’ve been avoiding them for years!

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