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Mashed potato at Christmas? The nation is divided

Mashed potato at Christmas? The nation is divided

Published at 7:01am 14th December 2019. (Updated at 9:05am 16th December 2019)

Do you enjoy mashed potato on your Christmas dinner?

  • Roast potatoes top the list as Yorkshire and the Humber’s must-have Christmas dinner element, followed by stuffing and meat gravy.
  • Clear North/South divide in the nation’s opinion on mashed potato.
  • Yorkshire is not Britain’s number one fan of Yorkshire puddings.

The nation is divided in its opinion on mashed potato at Christmas as stats reveal you’re much more likely to want mash on your Christmas dinner plate if you live in the North, compared to the South. 

Those living in the North are most likely to choose mashed potato, with three quarters of residents picking it as part of their perfect plate - and over half of those living in Yorkshire and the Humber (58%).

However only one in five people living in the South East would consider it a crucial part of their Christmas dinner. 

Roast dinner
A delicious traditional Christmas dinner

Looking to discover what the nation’s preferred Christmas dinner plate comprises of, Seasonal Spuds – an initiative backed by the UK’s leading potato producer Branston that looks to inspire the public to enjoy more potatoes.

1,800 members of the public who celebrate Christmas across England, Scotland and Wales took part in the research.

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.”

Yorkshire’s favourite Christmas dinner plate has also been revealed; a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

However, Yorkshire has deviated in its Christmas dinner tastes, as its top three items differ to the rest of Great Britain’s - meat gravy has snuck into second position, bumping carrots down to fourth place. 

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