Nearly three quarters of Brits say that comfort foods are one of their favourite things about the colder seasons

With summer now a distant memory and temperatures dipping, Brits are seeking solace in the form of delicious winter ‘comfort foods’. Whether your favourite comfort food is a buttered crumpet, a cheese toastie, or a bacon sandwich – nothing beats a delicious snack to keep your warm through winter.

Topping the charts for the favourite comfort foods are the bacon sandwich, apple crumble and a classic roast chicken dinner. Crumpets, buttered toast, and a cheese toastie also scored highly, proving that delicious baked goods can be a classic winter warmer.

Nearly three quarters of respondents agreed that comfort foods are one of their favourite things about the colder seasons, admitting to tucking into a hearty dish four times a week. When quizzed on the winter recipes they use, 35 per cent inherited them from their mum, while a quarter said they have all been self-taught – while 52 per cent still cook the meals they used to eat as a child.

And it’s not just dinnertime when comforting carbs are sought out to seek contentment. As the cold mornings hit, 41 per cent seek comfort from a cup of tea, while more than a fifth (21 per cent) like to munch on a crumpet to set themselves up for the day!

Jonathan Warburton, Chairman of Warburtons, said: “It was heart-warming to see that so many people associate comfort foods with childhood or home cooking – which, to me, means family. Comfort foods do what they say on the tin – provide a bit of comfort – and that’s exactly what we all need right now. We know crumpets are favourites for many people across the UK, whether that’s for breakfast to a midnight snack, so it was a no brainer for us to launch a week dedicated them”

Brits have been finding solace in the mighty crumpet since its creation in the 17th Century. And Britons have also revealed their favourite crumpet preferences; the perfect crumpet formula is said to be toasting a crumpet so that it’s crispy on the edges, but soft on the inside (51 per cent), while 37 per cent like them crispy all over – with the optimum crumpet toasting period at 3-4 minutes (41 per cent.)

Butter was crowned the favourite crumpet topping (38 per cent), with jam, cheese, honey and marmite also featuring high on the list. However, the modern crumpet eater isn’t afraid of mixing things up, with their interesting crumpet toppings, with baked beans, macaroni cheese and even chilli con carne making the top 10 list of unusual flavours for crumpet toppings. There’s lots of brilliant toppings for a crumpet!

It was also highlighted that more butter IS better when it comes to loading the crumpet, with over half agreeing they like to fill the holes of their crumpet to the brim with butter (52 per cent), with 42% liking a small amount. Nothing beats a buttered crumpet, it seems!



  1. Bacon sandwich
  2. Apple crumble
  3. Roast chicken dinner
  4. Toast with butter
  5. Cheese toastie
  6. Hot chocolate
  7. Roast beef dinner
  8. Lasagne
  9. Spaghetti Bolognese
  10. Sausage and mash with onion gravy
  11. Beans on toast
  12. Crumpets with butter
  13. Cheesecake
  14. Macaroni cheese
  15. Shepherd’s pie
  16. Roast lamb dinner
  17. Jacket potato with cheese
  18. Tomato soup
  19. Steak pie and mash
  20. Sticky toffee pudding

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