Would you put mayonnaise on a bacon roll?
This particular episode had me checking my millennial privilege. Nonetheless it’s been a pet peeve for many years.
Why can’t Greggs put mayonnaise on bacon rolls?
As you walk into the popular chain of a morning, sandwiches and baguettes line the fridges dripping with the creamy emulsion, so why can’t it be used on breakfast faves?As a hardcore bacon and mayo lover, I have travelled the land with little trouble when it comes to this odd, but passable combination. Except when it comes to Greggs.
I have been met with the aghast stares of staff, with some even sneaking to the back saying they will grant my request “just this once”.
This has left me with the feeling of being involved in medium-scale cocaine smuggling.
It came to a head recently when a staff member said: “We just can’t.”
I asked why. They said: “We just can’t. Only brown or red sauce.”
Those old enough to remember Little Britain’s “computer says no” skit will understand the frustration of that answer. I’ve worked in the hospitality industry for many years and often when refusing a customer something (which was rare) there was an often a valid reason for it.
Like: “The mayo will get upset if we open it before 11am” or “Our bacon is actually made of plant protein and the presence of mayonnaise will cause it to disintegrate.”
This isn’t the first time that mayo has been at the forefront of a media storm.
Angry mayo lovers took to the internet to ask why McDonald’s didn’t offer sachets of the sauce despite it being used in a range of the sandwiches.
Up until 2018 it was a mystery as to why the fast-food giant didn’t offer mayo as a regular condiment like ketchup or curry sauce.
Then they revealed why.
A spokesperson said: “What we offer in our restaurants is based on customer demand.
“We don’t currently have any plans for mayonnaise to be made available.”
The same issue is seen with vinegar, a staple in any self-respecting Brit’s diet. Burger King offers vinegar but McDonald’s doesn’t.
Why the condiment exclusion?
This year The Sun newspaper did a survey to reveal the nation’s favourite condiments.
Tomato ketchup is the nation’s clear favourite, with a resounding 50 per cent of the vote, closely followed by mayonnaise (43 per cent).
Is a survey by a tabloid not enough evidence for a Greggs regime change?
So I took to the Twittersphere to ask.
Greggs replied with: “Unfortunately Mayo isn’t on our breakfast menu.”
Many came to my defence when I posted the tweet to Facebook saying they too, love a dollop of mayo on their bacon sandwich.