Leeds children choosing pizzas over pasties

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ALTHOUGH THE survey commisioned by Travelodge and carried out by One Poll this month reports almost a third of children from Leeds say they like to try new foods on holiday, some traditional treats don’t make their menu.

A survey commissioned by Travelodge claims Cornish pasties, Devon cream teas, a full English breakfast, haggis and black pudding are off the holiday menu for the majority of five to 16-year-olds - some of whom have never heard of some of them.

Instead, burger and chips, pizza or doughnuts are among the must-have meals while away on a family break – although British stalwarts fish and chips and even a 99 Ice Cream make up the rest of the top five.

But some of our readers’ children bucked the survey results, with Facebook fan Becky Mansell saying her daughter was a firm fan of olives. And Facebook follower Graham Pace said: “Our youngest, who was five at the time, came back with a plateful of frogs’ legs – he thought it was chicken. Still, he had more after we told him what they were.”

Deliciously Yorkshire, which also champions food from God’s own county, urged parents from elsewhere who might be visiting the area for the Tour de France to try the local delicacies.

“Yorkshire is a region fiercely proud of its food and drink heritage and rightly so,” said spokeswoman Jo Satariano.

She said: “There’s so much great food and drink being produced here and while this research suggests children aren’t exploring the rich and varied food and drink culture across the UK we believe Yorkshire producers are doing a fantastic job of championing Yorkshire’s delicious food and drink heritage.

“There’s so much to be celebrated here, whether it’s iconic brands like Yorkshire Tea, Yorkshire rhubarb or traditional treats like ginger parkin and Yorkshire curd tart.”

And ReadKirklees on Twitter had perhaps the most unusual food suggestion, they said: “Try sorrel sandwiches as described by Dorothy Hartley in ‘Food in England’ and recreated by researcher Fiona Russell.”

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