Slur on pub snacks research is ‘unbelievable’

By Nicholas Robinson contact

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Who could say no? A survey claims punters dislike pub snacks
Who could say no? A survey claims punters dislike pub snacks
Disgruntled operators have slammed recent YouGov figures claiming pub snacks are Brits’ least favourite food.

The survey of over 6,000 adults claimed just over a quarter​ of UK consumers like classic pub snacks such as Scotch eggs and pork pies.

However, familiar main dishes including Yorkshire pudding, Sunday roasts and fish and chips were highly favoured by consumers, gaining approval from over 80% of those asked.

Yet operators commenting on Facebook couldn’t believe Brits would snub Scotch eggs and pork pies, claiming such dishes are immensely popular in their businesses.

We sell lots of Scotch eggs

“Unbelievable – we sell lots of Scotch eggs and a ton of sausage rolls, yum yum,” said Jas Teensa, who has worked in London pubs.

Jimmy Little said: “Maybe Cumbria wasn’t surveyed as we sell loads of haggis and black pudding Scotch eggs.”

Mike Jones, licensee of the Slaters Arms, Corris, north Wales, said he makes fresh Scotch eggs on Sundays which sell out in an hour, adding “everyone looks forward to having them”.

Another commentator claimed he sells “tons of handmade Scotch eggs and pork pies”, saying they are the perfect accompaniment to beer.

Others questioned the reliability of the survey, asking whether the majority of those asked followed vegan or vegetarian diets, with one commenting: “You have that totally wrong, YouGov.”

Another said: “6,000 people is not a ‘national’ opinion.”

Can't stand either of those

Yet, one pubgoer, John Penny, backed the survey and said: “I’ve been a pubgoer since 1969 and can’t stand either of these items.

“As regards [to] snacks, I stopped cheesy biscuits or crisp eating simply because I think the prices are extortionate.”

While Scotch eggs and pork pies ranked lower than many items, the likes of jellied eels were coveted by fewer people, with just 8% of those asked claiming to like them.

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