Gravy boats are called gravy boats because they vaguely resemble the shape of boats.
The gravy within these boats should not be the consistency of water, though, should it? You don’t want stock, or, worse, remnants of a post-football bathtub.
Which is why this week so many people have taken issue with Holland’s, a Lancashire bakery founded way back in 1851. The company is famous in the North West; it’s a household name.
You might even call Holland’s a Northern Powerhouse.
We’re sure Holland’s pies are pleasant things. You don’t get your food into supermarkets, football stadiums, and honourably frozen in a man’s freezer for 33 years (true story) without doing something right.
But on Tuesday, Holland’s shared an action video of one of its pies on Twitter. The gravy looked bad. The firm made it worse by championing its regionalism – when, of course, the thickness of gravy is supposedly a point of pride for those born in the North.
It all kicked-off.
Some of the replies were much ruder. Obviously.
Holland’s sought to rectify its gravy in a follow-up edition. The bakery also replaced the chips for a more classic mash and mushy peas.
While unquestionably an improvement, people still weren’t happy. “Should struggle to run down the mash”.
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