IT’S BEEN the subject of fierce debate for years – what is a bread roll stuffed with chips called?
To coincide with National Fish n Chip Day, which was celebrated last week, Foodhub, the takeaway delivery app, carried out a national survey to find the answer to the question all food fans have been discussing, debating and fighting about for years and the chip butty was revealed to be the UK's favoured term.
Foodhub surveyed 2,000 takeaway fans in August from John O’Groats to Lands End, discovering that 58% of the nation – four times more than any other option - say that chips served in a bread roll should be called a chip butty.
The second most popular title is chip roll, with 11% of the vote. In third place is chip sandwich, with 6% of the vote, followed by a chip bap (5.75%), chip barm (4.85%) and chip cob (4%).
“There were also regional differences in opinion on this iconic water cooler debate, as you’d expect. For instance – in the North-west there was very little in it between chip butty and chip barm, chip butty winning the vote by just 2%.
“In London, while chip butty was favourite, chip roll was also up there with more than one in five people opting for that choice, and in the East Midlands, around Leicester and Nottingham, while chip butty took the most votes, chip cob was a close second with almost three in every 10 people opting for that title.”
The survey also revealed that Britain is still very much in love with the classic fish n chips dinner, although, across the regions, there are differences in how Brits like to eat it.
Salt and Vinegar is the overwhelming choice when choosing toppings for the nation’s favourite meal.
In the North-west, mushy peas (57%) and gravy (24%) feature highly on fish n chips fans must-haves agenda. In London, Mayonnaise (25%) and curry sauce (24%) are the big condiment choices.
The nation is split about how best to eat fish n chips – with 33% saying they prefer to eat it from the paper and 35% saying they’d rather eat it from a plate. Some 44% of us eat our fish n chips with a traditional knife and fork, though almost one in five of us like to eat it with an iconic chippy-style wooden fork.
Photo shows Burger King's aptly-named Chip Butty