If there’s one thing Stokies love it’s a reet proper oatcake breakfast, lunch or tea.
Whether your preferred filling is bacon and cheese, sausage, beans, mushrooms or egg (with a dollop of red or brown sauce) we know what we are doing when it comes to the oaty delicacy – and it’s something we are, quite rightly, very, very proud of.
Anyone from North Staffordshire knows that the oatcake right here in Stoke-on-Trent is vastly superior to all other pretenders – including Scotland and Derbyshire.
But now, it seems, our ‘friends’ over the border in Derbyshire are wading into our territory – by claiming they actually invented the oatcake.
A debate on BBC’s Radio Six Music on Sunday morning with hosts Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie sparked outrage with some listeners when a couple from Derbyshire claimed the oatcake heralded from their county and ‘not its poor relation in Staffs’.
Talking about breakfast options throughout the show, the hosts then started talking about oatcakes saying: “There’s a massive row brewing on oatcakes.
“David and Ruth – oatcake makers from Derbyshire, Matlock to be exact – say: ‘I think you will find the oatcake heralds from Derbyshire and not its poor relation in Staffs.
“You can tell ye olde hole in the wall that they are pretenders to the oatcake crowd.”
Radcliffe said: “Ooh that’s fighting talk to the oatcake fraternity,” while Maconie exclaimed: “But it’s only Staffordshire oatcakes you hear about isn’t it? I’ve never heard of the Derbyshire oatcake.”
And, to be truthful, neither have we.
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