Sconegate, bread rolls and the dinner vs tea debate are behind the biggest rows in Britain’s north-south divide as study reveals 40% have had arguments over regional traditions
- 33 per cent of people prefer a scone with jam first and clotted cream second
Forget Brexit, there are major issues dividing the nation that show no sign of being resolved.
Is it jam or cream first on a scone, is it dinner or tea, and where truly is the home of British music?
Hotly contested rows have for generations pitched county against county, as well as great swathes of the country, against each other. Call your evening meal dinner or tea is revealed as a topic that splits the regions.
Research has found 41 per cent of people say they have argued with someone over local traditions – with 17 per cent of the disagreements being so heated people have stopped talking to each other.
The study revealed 33 per cent prefer a scone with jam first – the Cornwall way – but 18 per cent disagree as they enjoy clotted cream as the base ingredient, the Devon version.
Research has found 41 per cent of people say they have argued with someone over local traditions
33 per cent prefer a scone with jam first – the Cornwall way, it was found (File image)
And when it comes to the quintessential British cup of tea, 35 per cent favour an English breakfast brew over an Earl Grey tea at 9 per cent.
Third place on the list went to the fierce discussions over where the UK’s ‘home of music’ – with Liverpool topping Manchester and London.
Some 24 per cent of those polled claim Birmingham is Britain’s ‘curry capital’ versus advocates for Bradford (11 per cent) and Manchester’s famous Curry Mile (10 per cent).
35 per cent favour an English breakfast brew over an Earl Grey tea at 9 per cent (File image)
Sprinkling chips with ketchup is the preference in London (35 per cent) – but for those in the North East, curry sauce is top (25 per cent) (File image)
Sprinkling chips with ketchup is the preference in London (35 per cent) – but for those in the North East, curry sauce is top (25 per cent) with gravy king in the North West (25 per cent).
Yet it’s not just food debates that create tensions as 27 per cent prefer to follow rugby union at its Twickenham home as opposed to Yorkshire-based rugby league (16 per cent).
Being proud of where you come from (37 per cent), being brought up ‘this’ way (30 per cent) and childhood influencing how to do things (21 per cent) were reasons why people are so passionate about their preferences.
The study was commissioned by Megabus to mark two decades of connecting people across the country.
Mark Venables, managing director at the coach operator, said: ‘We have spent years bringing people from all over Britain closer together but we know there are lots of regional differences that shape our nation.’