When people think of British culture, they tend to think of the Queen, Harry Potter, and Greggs' pastries. In that order.
The UK's best bakery chain has managed to transcend from being a humble regional franchise (North West Londoners, think Wenzels) to a national phenomenon, becoming a staple of British on-the-go dining in a few short decades.
First founded a whopping eighty-one years ago in 1939 (a year before the first McDonalds opened in California), the chain started to show some serious signs of growth when its CEO Ian Gregg began acquiring other franchises in the 70s. And thank God for that. If it wasn't for Ian Gregg's sharp eye for business, Southerners would never have had a chance to sample Newcastle's best bakes.
Racking up a phenomenal £87 MILLION in income every year, it's obvious that Brits - and the odd tourist, brave enough to sample the UK's infamous cuisine -love themselves a cheeky sausage roll from time to time.
And while (almost) every pastry is worth every penny, which is the best of the bunch?
When Matteo isn't cashing in on a lifetime of devotion to his favourite pop culture franchises and indie bands, he's writing and publishing poems and short stories under the name Teo Eve. Talk about range.