Competition time

After the phenomenal interest in last week’s prize of a bottle of fine British vodka, comes another stonker of a prize.

Image for display purposes - not the actual prize

Foodies South West has teamed up with Plymouth’s and maybe even the UK’s finest purveyor of crisps, Burts Chips, to offer one lucky reader a box of their finest.  Not simply a bag but a box of bags of starchy potato lusciousness.

Burts are now a well-known staple of food shelves across the UK and Europe (they’re very very popular in the Netherlands), but while they sell a packet every second now, they have humble origins in the deepest reaches of the South Hams in Devon.

Ten years ago a small venture near Kingsbridge was taken over. Richard and Linda Burt had set up the busines but sold it to the current owners. The rest was history. Despite having grown to become a true foodies success story, the  company has retained its solid Westcountry roots, with each wafer-thin crisp now fried by hand in their premises in Plymouth. And that’s what we like, success coupled with due acknowledgment of your roots. Burts sales rose 75 per cent last year compared with 2008.

We know they are giving us a prize, so we might just be saying it, but they are proof that you can have a small business and grow to make something bigger if you have some brains, balls, and belief.

Now that’s a lot of crisps.

The nice people at Burts Chips (who are on Twitter at @burtschips ), have given Foodies South West a box of their fine chips to give away to a reader. All you have to do is send an email to us at by noon on Friday March 12, titled “Burts Chips Competition”, and including your name and address and the answer to the insultingly easy question below:

QUESTION: Where are Burts Crisps made?

Please note: We love sharing our food tips, but we won’t share your email address details or anything else with anyone else, even if they ask really nicely. What we might do is email you with details of future competitions and new blogs on the site. If you don’t want us to do that, please say “NO MORE EMAILS” in your email.

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2 Comments on “Competition time”

  1. Carmen Says:

    Oooooh yum, yum, yum.

  2. Ricky Stevenson Says:


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