Greggs has revealed its menu of 25 region-specific items only available in certain locations around the UK.
They are based on delicacies made in the area by bakeries bought up by Greggs as it expanded throughout the 1970s-1990s to become the largest chain in the UK.
Some are sweet and some are savoury, but their names won’t necessarily give the locations away.
For example, you’ll have a hard time finding a Devon doughnut in the south, the sun doesn’t always shine where peach melbas are on sale and you certainly don’t need to go to Paris to get your hands on a French fancy.
A Greggs spokesman said: ‘Historically our regional bakeries had responsibility for making their own products which resulted in some local Greggs delicacies. Some of these were so popular that as the business has grown, we are still selling them today.
‘Our product range reflects the preference of our customers. So sometimes a small percentage of the products in your local shop will be unique to your area and will be decided on to reflect local tastes and demand.’
But the regional delicacies have caused deep divisions among customers on social media, with many bemoaning not being able to get their hands on certain items nearer their own homes.
Greggs is not the only fast food chain in the UK with a secret menu, with McDonald’s staff confirming earlier this year that they offer one – but it consists of special ‘grill orders’ where customers can add and swap out ingredients in existing meals if they pay extra.
Can you guess where these Greggs regional treats come from?
The Greggs Devon doughtnut (pictured) is certainly a sweet treat – filled with cream and topped with a cherry and a dollop of jam. But you’ll be hard pressed to find it in Devon
For certain Greggs customers, Christmas comes all year round as they are able to get their hands on a mince pie (pictured). But unlike the seasonal treat, this one is filled with actual mince, meaning the festive spirit around the traditional pies remains in place
The Empire biscuit, pictured, is another local delicacy that has been inherited by certain Greggs stores from previous bakeries the chain has taken over. It consists of two pieces of shortbread stuck together with jam, topped off with icing and a glace cherry
Fruity treats are available around the UK too. The Apple Danish, left, might seem a universal pastry in other shops and chains, but only a select number of Greggs bakeries offer them. Meanwhile the location of peach melbas, right, may surprise some people. It consists of peach slices encased in pastry and covered with cream
French fancies are another sugary snack available around the UK through other companies, but to get your hands on one made by Greggs (pictured) you will have to head in a different direction than Paris. They are made of cake sponge topped with buttercream and covered with coloured icing
A dish popular across Europe, bread pudding is well-known for being a British delicacy, made by soaking chunks of bread and fruit in egg, milk and spices before baking it. But some customers keen on Greggs’ version, pictured, might have to drive hundreds of miles to get it
A ‘stottie’, pictured, is one of the most location-specific items on the regional menu, with much of the UK unaware of its existence. It is made by making an indent in a flat loaf and filling it with ham. It’s name means ‘to bounce’ in the local dialect, because it would always survive being dropped, according to local legend
It’s not very hard to work out where the Scotch pie, pictured, comes from – but they are the subject of a world championship baking tournament. They are something of an institution where they are sold and a throwback to what Brits would cook before exotic ingredients became more accessible – made from minced mutton encased in a double-crust pastry
Likewise, you don’t have to be a genius to work out where to find a London Cheesecake, left, or a Tottenham cake, right – and it’s not because both contain coconut. The London Cheesecake name is slightly misleading, however, as it is actually more like a Bakewell tart because of the jam and almond cream contained inside the pastry. Meanwhile the Tottenham Cake is a simple sponge topped with raspberry and coconut icing
The corned beef pasty, pictured, is also a traditional British delight stuffed with potato and onion, and is actually the most widespread treat on the ‘secret’ regional menu, but it’s not available everywhere
The cheese scone is another simple treat – a plain scone cut in half, covered in cheese and then baked in an oven. But Greggs only sell them in one region in the UK
Fruit scones, pictured, are slightly more common in Greggs around the UK but huge swathes of the country will struggle to find them in their local store
And here’s where you can find Greggs’ regional items:
- Scotch pie
- French fancy
- Pineapple cake
- Devon doughnut
- Jumbo choc ring doughnut
- Vanilla doughnut
- Empire biscuit
- Bloomer sandwiches
- Fruit scones
- Apple Danish
- Empire biscuit
- Fruit scone
- Peach melba
- Savoury mince pie
- Cheese scone
- Pink ice finger
- Corned beef bake
- Meat & potato bake
- Choc flake cake
- Welsh Cake
- Corned beef bake
- Egg custard tart
- Bread pudding
- London Cheesecake
- Tottenham Cake
- Apple Danish