Who ate all the pies? We find the Greggs capital of Britain

Geordies and city bankers like Greggs, according to official figures

Greggs on Neville Street, Newcastle City Centre
Greggs on Neville Street, Newcastle City Centre

Newcastle is the Greggs capital of Britain, official figures suggest.

According to data from the Food Standards Agency, Newcastle and Gateshead are the top two areas of the country for the number of Greggs per head.

Newcastle city centre came top with 10.8 Greggs for every 100,000 people living in the area while Gateshead came second with nine stores for every 100,000 residents.

Sunderland also sneaked into the Top Ten with 6.9 outlets of the bakery chain for every 100,000 people.

According to the FSA there are 31 Greggs in Newcastle, 18 in Gateshead and 19 in Sunderland.

The average for the whole of Britain was only 2.7.


When measuring by the number of outlets per square mile, however, the City of London - the traditional centre of the UK’s financial sector - was officially the area of Britain with both the most Greggs per head with 39.2 for every 100,000 residents and also for the most Greggs per square mile with 4.46.

However, due to the extreme disparity between the number of people who work there and the number who actually live there it was removed from the study.

Only 35 out of 372 local authorities in Britain were found to not contain a Greggs.

The locations of the stores were taken from the Food Standards Agency’s website.

Every Greggs should be inspected by the FSA with each store’s hygiene rating published on the FSA’s website. However, it is not guaranteed that every store will be on there.


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