Survey shows what tickles the tastebuds of Wellingborough residents

Monika Karwanska of Wellingborough's BestPol Delicatessen
Monika Karwanska of Wellingborough's BestPol Delicatessen

Polish sausages seem to be the flavour of the month in Wellingborough as the town gears up for an influx of flavours from the continent, a new survey has revealed.

When it comes to trying European food delicacies for the first time, Polish sausages were the clear winner according to the results of the first-ever Wellingborough Food Survey.

Out of the 99 people polled, 30 wanted to try Polish sausages, 24 said goulash, 17 went for paella while 11 wanted to sample haggis or frogs’ legs and only four opted for snails.

The town’s Business Improvement District (BID), which is a scheme bringing together retailers to encourage town centre trade, organised the poll to spark interest ahead of the Continental Market, which arrives in the town on May 23 until May 25.

English food was the town’s favourite fare receiving more than 50 per cent of the votes, with Italian, which got 34 votes, the only notable rival.

Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding is the town’s favourite classic British dish, trouncing what is said to be UK’s most popular meal of chicken tikka masala with 52 votes compared to two.

The survey also revealed that Wellingborough’s preferred takeaway was Chinese with 48 votes, clearly beating Indian (22) and fish and chips (14).

The town favours cereal (69) for breakfast over toast and marmalade (17), full English (eight) and croissant (three), according to the questionnaire.

Wellingborough BID manager John Cable said: “What a fascinating insight this is into the tastes of Wellingborough.

“We are a great diverse town with plenty to offer the discerning ‘foodie’ from traditional butchers and Polish delicatessens to top restaurants.

“We’re adding another culinary offering to our town between 23 and 25 May when the Continental Market arrives, so come and sample some new flavours for yourself?”

The town centre will be transformed into a bustling market place when the Continental Market arrives.

Traders from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland, Poland and many more countries will be wearing traditional costumes and selling a wide selection of authentic European delicacies.

As well as the tasty goods, there will also be a wide range of products, including hand bags and leather items, Marseille soaps, lavender, children’s toys and pashminas.