There´s little that I miss about living in the UK, though I do occasionally hanker for a trip to my local branch of Greggs to stuff myself with a fresh sausage roll or Cornish pasty (the frozen stuff here isn´t the same)!
And as a Greggs fan, I was intrigued to read that the baking giant has a range of regional menus with 25 items that only appear in certain areas.
The secret menu doesn’t appear online and the items are not publicised on any of the bakery’s social media sites.
Among the 25 specials include stotties – flat loaves with an indent in the middle – that are only on sale in the North East.
Tottenham Cakes – a light sponge traybake covered with raspberry and coconut icing – can only be found in Greggs’ south eastern eateries.
In Scotland, you can get a Scotch Pie or some Empire Biscuits – two pieces of shortbread sandwiched together with jam and covered in icing, topped with a glace cherry.
A Greggs spokesman said: ‘Historically our regional bakeries had responsibility for making their own products which resulted in some local Greggs delicacies, which are maintained for local tastes´.
And guess what? My region used to be the Midlands, with Greggs providing absolutely no local specialities whatsoever! If I were back home, I would be banging on my local branch door for a consignment of Scotch Pies from north of the border.