Statistics reveal north/south divide in great gravy debate

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The PMA answers the great gravy debate
The PMA answers the great gravy debate
New research has found an answer to the age old question – where is the spiritual home of gravy, the north or the south of England?

The Publican’s Morning Advertiser​ can exclusively reveal that the percentage of people who consider gravy crucial to a roast dinner is higher north of Watford but it was a close call. The research, commissioned by Nestle Professional and conducted by Maggi, shows 94.2% of northerners insist on gravy with their roast compared to 93.75% in the south.

However, the figures were eclipsed by those in Scotland where 98% demanded a roast with gravy. The percentage was 94% for both Wales and Northern Ireland.

Diners in the south are revealed to be more demanding when it comes to gravy portions – with 92.5% refusing to allow the kitchen to pour for them. In the north 91% insist on pouring their own.

The figures were closer when it came to the crucial question for publicans – would you be more likely to return to a pub if you were allowed to pour your own gravy. Here 82.8% of northerners and 82.5% in the south said yes.

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