Pub tests hungry customers with Geordie feast

Swindon Advertiser: Pub tests hungry customers with Geordie feast Pub tests hungry customers with Geordie feast

THE Liden Arms is the only place outside of Newcastle that you can stuff your face with a stottie, so says its new landlord.

Stotties are flat, round loaves, around 12ins (30cm) in diameter, which originated in the north east of England and are served stuffed with a variety of different fillings, such as turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce.

Trevor Smith, who grew up in the north east, introduced stotties to the menu when he took on The Liden Arms in September, and the enormously filling food has been flying out of the kitchen.

He said: “I knew when I took over The Liden Arms it was probably one of the only Swindon pubs where the customers were ‘man’ enough to take on the challenge of eating a stottie, and I haven’t been disappointed. It’s a very big bun and you can have any filling that you like, chips and curry sauce, sausage, bacon, egg, beans. It’s a bit like a pizza in that you can have whatever you like on it.

“Usually when it arrives on their table, they take one look and then usually decide to share it around. They have been really popular. Only one customer has actually managed to eat a whole on at one sitting. Now we’re waiting for a challenger.”

The first man to who has been able to eat a whole stottie single-handedly was Liden Arms regular Andy Rumsam. He said: “I have eaten two now. It was a bit of a struggle but I’m greedy. I really enjoyed them and would recommended them to anyone.”

Because the stottie has a closely guarded recipe, Trevor has to go Newcastle to get them. He said: “There is a secret recipe for the stotties that they won’t tell anyone, so every so often I have to drive up there and buy them.”

Trevor and his wife, Louise moved into The Liden Arms earlier this year and business has doubled since they took over.

“Louise was brought up in Liden and knows the area well,” said Trevor.

"Our customers are down-to-earth and there is a massive community spirit here that I absolutely love.

“The Liden used to be a drinker’s pub only but we’ve taken on an apprentice chef through Swindon College, and now we’re doing up to 40 Sunday roasts every weekend.

“It’s great because it’s offering trainee chefs the opportunity to build their skills and our customers have voted with their feet by supporting us.”

The pub is owned by Arkell’s Brewery. Director, George Arkell, said: “Trevor and Louise are doing a fantastic job at The Liden Arms, however it’s not all down to the stotties, but to their own hard work in getting involved and working to make the pub the centre of the community.

“Since they took over they’ve attracted two pool teams, four darts teams and a football team as well as other regular entertainment.”

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9:44am Fri 27 Dec 13

Hearditallbefore says...

Headline news lol
Headline news lol Hearditallbefore

11:02am Fri 27 Dec 13

salt and vinegar says...

You can stick your stottie up your bottie
You can stick your stottie up your bottie salt and vinegar

11:51am Fri 27 Dec 13

Big Time says...

I walk past this pub twice a day during the week and it's always quite literally empty, and if the footfall is anything to go by it may take a little more then a few 'stotties' to make this pub viable.
I walk past this pub twice a day during the week and it's always quite literally empty, and if the footfall is anything to go by it may take a little more then a few 'stotties' to make this pub viable. Big Time

12:38pm Fri 27 Dec 13

salt and vinegar says...

No one else is man enough to eat a stottie, what a plonker!!!
No one else is man enough to eat a stottie, what a plonker!!! salt and vinegar

2:52pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Davey Gravey says...

How about commenter's give them a bit of credit for doing a good job in difficult times when other pubs are struggling and closing. It's better that they are doing ok than seeing another place boarded up.
People on here are only interested in running others down all the time. Saddo's!
How about commenter's give them a bit of credit for doing a good job in difficult times when other pubs are struggling and closing. It's better that they are doing ok than seeing another place boarded up. People on here are only interested in running others down all the time. Saddo's! Davey Gravey

5:44pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

Secret recipe? Don't make me laugh: http://www.bbcgoodfo
od.com/recipes/80663
7/stottie-cakes
Secret recipe? Don't make me laugh: http://www.bbcgoodfo od.com/recipes/80663 7/stottie-cakes Phantom Poster

8:03pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

They can also be bought in supermarkets (and Gregg's) in most parts of Britain, apart from the south:
http://en.m.wikipedi
a.org/wiki/Stottie_c
akecake

So the Liden Arms is "the only place outside Newcastle", is it? Don't the Adver ever research their stories.
They can also be bought in supermarkets (and Gregg's) in most parts of Britain, apart from the south: http://en.m.wikipedi a.org/wiki/Stottie_c akecake So the Liden Arms is "the only place outside Newcastle", is it? Don't the Adver ever research their stories. Phantom Poster

9:10pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Always Grumpy says...

"Don't the Adver ever research their stories."

Well, no!
"Don't the Adver ever research their stories." Well, no! Always Grumpy

12:08pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Melgee says...

Trevor Smith could do with eating fewer stotties
Trevor Smith could do with eating fewer stotties Melgee

4:32pm Sat 28 Dec 13

salt and vinegar says...

Which one is the stottie in the picture?
Which one is the stottie in the picture? salt and vinegar

4:43pm Sat 28 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Melgee wrote:
Trevor Smith could do with eating fewer stotties
Its called natural selection!
[quote][p][bold]Melgee[/bold] wrote: Trevor Smith could do with eating fewer stotties[/p][/quote]Its called natural selection! house on the hill

1:20am Sun 29 Dec 13

NeoSwindonian says...

Before all this deteriates too much into correspondence totally unrelated to the original article (I accept, I might already be too late), let's just pause a moment. This is just a bit of fun. And if this stottie story has created some interest in the Liden Arms and has meant an increase in business, then we should be pleased that another pub has found a way to increase trade.
Before all this deteriates too much into correspondence totally unrelated to the original article (I accept, I might already be too late), let's just pause a moment. This is just a bit of fun. And if this stottie story has created some interest in the Liden Arms and has meant an increase in business, then we should be pleased that another pub has found a way to increase trade. NeoSwindonian

10:57am Sun 29 Dec 13

Davey Gravey says...

NeoSwindonian wrote:
Before all this deteriates too much into correspondence totally unrelated to the original article (I accept, I might already be too late), let's just pause a moment. This is just a bit of fun. And if this stottie story has created some interest in the Liden Arms and has meant an increase in business, then we should be pleased that another pub has found a way to increase trade.
Of course you are right. This site is full of people who only wish to abuse,run down and insult though.
[quote][p][bold]NeoSwindonian[/bold] wrote: Before all this deteriates too much into correspondence totally unrelated to the original article (I accept, I might already be too late), let's just pause a moment. This is just a bit of fun. And if this stottie story has created some interest in the Liden Arms and has meant an increase in business, then we should be pleased that another pub has found a way to increase trade.[/p][/quote]Of course you are right. This site is full of people who only wish to abuse,run down and insult though. Davey Gravey

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