Merry Christ-mash?: Twitter goes into frenzy as survey reveals North-South divide on having mashed potato with your turkey on your festive dinner plate
- YouGov poll of people across the UK quizzed people on their Christmas menus
- Some 75 per cent of people in the North East eat mashed potato with their roast
- Compares to 20 per cent of people in the South East and 25 per cent in London
The nation is divided over whether mashed potatoes deserve a place on the Christmas dinner table.
A new poll has revealed a clear north/south divide with three quarters of residents in the North East loading their festive dinner with mash – compared to just one in five of people living in the South East.
The YouGov poll has now led to a furious debate on social media with people weighing in on what they consider to be the perfect Christmas dinner.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘If you mash as well as roast with your Sunday lunch you need sectioning.’
The survey of more than 1,800 members of the public who celebrate Christmas across England, Scotland and Wales revealed what people consider to be the perfect festive dinner
It revealed that those in ‘Team Mash’ consider mash a complement to roasted potatoes, placed next to each other on the plate
The YouGov poll has now led to a furious debate on social media with people weighing in on what they consider to be the perfect Christmas dinner
The survey of more than 1,800 members of the public who celebrate Christmas across England, Scotland and Wales was commissioned by Seasonal Spuds, an initiative backed by British potato producers, Branston.
It revealed that those in ‘Team Mash’ consider mash a complement to roasted potatoes, placed next to each other on the plate.
Some 75 per cent of people in the north east eat mashed potato with their roast – compared to just 20 per cent of people in the south east, and 25 per cent of Londoners.
More than half of those asked in Scotland would say yes to mash (53%) and just under half of those in Wales (47%).
Journalist Josh Barrie tweeted: ‘Will never understand why anyone would want to fill up with mash when there are goose fat roast potatoes in and amongst it. What are you doing mate.’
The stats revealed that on the average dream Christmas dinner plate, 92% of people included roast potatoes, 94% opted for either roasts or mash and 40% were doubling up; choosing both options to create their perfect plate of festive food.
Mash is a traditional fixture on an American Thanksgiving meal
Jackie Baker, communications manager at Branston said: ‘Admittedly, we were hoping to see spuds rank highly, but we were stunned to see such a north south divide on mash.
‘There is one thing the nation can agree on however, and that’s our love of roast potatoes. Regardless of age, gender or location the survey placed roast potatoes at the top of people’s dinner wish list this Christmas.’
The survey also showed clear differences in opinion depending on when you were born.
Nearly three quarters of Gen Z, millennials and Gen X (18 to 44-year-olds) included Yorkshire puddings in their ideal Christmas dinner (72%), compared to just half (51%) of baby boomers (over 55s).
Less than half of 18 to 24-year-olds (48%) wanted Brussels sprouts on their ideal Christmas dinner.
But for more than three quarters of over 55s (78%), Christmas isn’t complete without the traditional trimming.
Younger generations are also more likely to opt for meat free gravy compared to their mature counterpart.
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