We said corn ON the cob, not corn IN the cob! Couple stunned to discover roll filled with sweetcorn 

We said corn ON the cob, not corn IN the cob! Couple are left stunned after opening food order to discover bread roll filled with sweetcorn

  • Paige Hart and her boyfriend asked a Midlands takeaway for corn on the cob 
  • But confusion ensued because ‘cob’ is slang for bread in Nottinghamshire 
  • They were baffled to find sweetcorn crammed into a roll once they got home 

Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline

Paige and her boyfriend William (pictured) were baffled to be given sweetcorn in a bread roll in the Midlands 

Paige and her boyfriend William (pictured) were baffled to be given sweetcorn in a bread roll in the Midlands 

A couple who ordered a corn on the cob from their local takeaway were baffled to be served a bread roll filled with sweetcorn.

Paige Hart, 24, and boyfriend William Maddock, 32, popped into a local takeaway in the Midlands, where a bread roll is known commonly known as a ‘cob’.

They placed a £14 order – including a £3.50 dish of corn on the cob – before returning to their flat in Carlton, Nottingham. 

But when Page got home she discovered she’d been given sweetcorn on a bread roll.

She said: ‘Me and William wanted something to eat before we got home and couldn’t be bothered to cook. 

‘It’s a bit like Nando’s so we ordered our chicken.

‘I turned to William and said I fancied I corn on the cob so I asked the guy behind the counter if he did it.

‘At first he looked at me a bit weird and said “of course darling” and bagged it up. 

Paige was stunned when she opened her takeaway packaging to discover sweetcorn on bread (pictured) 

Paige was stunned when she opened her takeaway packaging to discover sweetcorn on bread (pictured) 

Paige was stunned when she opened her takeaway packaging to discover sweetcorn on bread (pictured) 

‘We were just gobsmacked. We were both in stitches as he took it so literally. What some people call baps we call cobs so he took it literally.’

Last year a YouGov study revealed how more than 50 per cent of people in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire use the word ‘cob’ for a bread roll.

‘The thing is it didn’t even have butter on,’ said Paige. ‘And I still was really craving a corn on the cob.

‘It’s not nice without butter. We didn’t eat it in the end. We took a few pics and put it in the bin.’

What’s bread called in your area?

Across Great Britain, confusion and dismay abounds as the result of regional variations on the term for a roll of bread.                                                                      Ask for a teacake in Barnsley, and you’ll be disappointed to receive a roll with no currants, while a bin lid in Bolton is far more appetising than the name suggests.

If you’re one of the perplexed, here’s a handy guide of terms you might come across in the UK. 

Bap 

(Commonly used in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Yorkshire, South Wales, the east of Northern Ireland and central Scotland) 

Barm/Barm cake

(Greater Manchester, some parts of Lancashire) 

Batch 

(Central Midlands)  

Bin lid

(A particularly large roll supposedly resembling the top of a bin) 

Buttery

(Term used in northern Scotland and the farthest reaches of Essex)

Cob

(Cumbria, North Wales, East Yorkshire and the East Midlands as well as Norfolk and Suffolk and the Scottish Highlands)

Morning roll

(Popular in central Wales, the north-east of Scotland as well as Northern Ireland, the West Midlands and both the south-east and south-west of England) 

Muffin

(Northern Ireland)  

Rowie

(South-west Scotland) 

Stotty 

(County Durham, Northumberland) 

Teacake

(South Yorkshire) 

Vienna 

(Essex)