The family firm posted a lighthearted quiz on its Facebook page, asking people what they like to call their favourite bread-based product.
And, controversially, Warbies did not even include “barm” as one of its four options — instead preferring rolls, baps, cobs or “other” .
Unleash the Northerners!
So we asked the Bolton public what they call this particular product — and they replied in their thousands.
And those who responded from this fair town were overwhelmingly in favour of — barm.
Anthony Barry, from Bolton, said: “Barm. You wouldn't go in a chippy and ask for a chip teacake would you.”
Dawnie Atkinson added: “A muffin is sweet, like you get in Costa or Starbucks. A cob is crusty. A roll is longer and this is nothing but a Balm (sic). End of.”
Karl Dalglish, from Farnworth, wrote: “It is and always will be a barm cake. End of.”
Brad Hooton, from Bolton, said: “It's a barm. Fact.”
I hope you’ve all got that?
Several readers felt so strongly about the issue they even felt the need to put pen to paper about the issue.
I've been doing some work in Manchester and got tangled up with this one. They are really serious about it.
Being a soft southerner, I still call 'em rolls, but I'm wrong, apparently...
I quite like the idea of people hanging on to old usage. Makes a change from the seemingly universal 'Can I get a skinny latte and sun-dried tomato and mozzarella panini to go'.
The most localised term I've ever heard is the Coventry word "batch". Never heard it anywhere else but it's the only - and I do mean only - recognised term within city limits.
To me, barn-cakes are flat rolls. i.e. baps.
The authority in these matters is Botham's Tearoom and Bakery in Whitby.
I cannot answer definitively what this bread product is without undertaking extensive research at that laboratory. Will report back after I have worked my way through the menu.
""You wouldn't go in a chippy and ask for a chip teacake would you.”"
Er, yes. And I'm only 10 mins drive away from Bolton. I think it's just one of those unanswerable things that exist to pass time down the pub.
Also, the phrase you've used as an example contains another modernism that elevates the temperature of my Urine.
"Can I get ...."
What do they mean? do they want to pop round the counter and make the bloody thing themselves?
What ever happened to "May I have..."
XX Anonymous staybryte said...
The most localised term I've ever heard is the Coventry word "batch". Never heard it anywhere else but it's the only - and I do mean only - recognised term within city limits.XX
Always known as Batch cakes in the West Cheshire area.
XX asking people what they like to call their favourite bread-based product. XX
Just uncooked bread.
Why aye man, Stottie with chips 'n gravy - sticks to yer ribs y'na
"They are really serious about it."
People are strange... ;)
"The authority in these matters is Botham's Tearoom and Bakery in Whitby. "
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