Sbread The Word

I have been known to talk a LOAF of shit at times, and my article writing skills are a little Crusty, but the world of bread isn’t exactly black and white. Nor is it brown and white. And surprisingly, I can manage to bake up half a story from this.

I was walking along Morningside Road when I stumbled upon a Greggs. In Newcastle no matter where you stand you are never more than half a mile from a Greggs (so the locals say) as it is a Newcastle based firm. I entered this Greggs and asked to purchase a stottie, a delicacy originating in Newcastle.

The ‘stottie’ is a circular, flat bun which is approximately double the size of an average bun, sometimes bigger. And no matter which bakery in Newcastle you enter, you will always find stotties and sandwiches made using stotties as well as buns.

And yet if you go into a Greggs anywhere but Newcastle, they look at you as if you are stupid when asking for a stottie. As if you have made it up as they know more about their business than you do. So my question is – What happened to local traditions being accepted elsewhere?

Being from Newcastle, I can say that a stottie is one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. And yet it has not been adopted by a Geordie business and it has not been taken world wide. It should be one of the most known forms of bread and yet it remains an unknown quantity.

For anyone wishing to try a stottie visit Newcastle, it is really worth having. And as for Greggs, I am ashamed to say it is local. Because it has betrayed it’s heritage.


9 Responses

  1. I love the dreadful puns Alex. Try asking for a Scotch Pie in Leeds!

  2. stottie cake and peas pudding 🙂 yum yum!
    you also dont get toasted tea cakes the same outside of the north east

  3. This idea is half baked 😉

    In Coventry the ‘stottie’ as you Northern monkeys call it, is actually a ‘batch’. A word exclusive to every Coventrian the world over and the source of argument and annoyance from anyone from anywhere else.

  4. I have the same problem when asking for a barm as in a sausage or bacon barm. Often I try to compensate by saying sausage roll but then have to go through the painful description of not meaning pastry but two pieces of bread with sausages in between.


  5. Yes but in Blackpool it would be a barm.

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