New Chips on the Block - Pipers

Posted on May 07, 2013

It’s funny, but ever since I’ve been contributing to this blog, people keep asking me if I tried ‘their favourites’. The answer, more often than not is, ‘No. Do you think I should?’.... and so, my list of “ search of…” seems to be growing exponentially.

Luckily for us, our friends are sooo adamant that their choice of crisp would be worthy of my Desert Island Crisp selection that they have brought me some to try. I therefore dedicate this post to my Friend Helen and her Local Farm Shop and Nursery in Biggleswade (I can’t remember the shops name but will update this blog when i’ve found out) Many thanks for introducing these to me! So onto the review….

Pipers ‘hand cooked’ Crisps from the Lincolnshire Wolds


Now, their website boasts that since 2007 every flavour has won a Great Taste Award so I was quite keen to break into these packets and see what the fuss was about.

First the West Country Cheddar and Onion. I’ve always been a bit sceptical of cheese and onion crisps that purport to be specific ‘Cheese’ flavours. These are the boys, however, who have changed my opinion. The organic mature cheddar, sourced from the Mendips, has been very successfully transferred into the flavour of the crisps.
On opening the bag, the smell was strong and instantly recognisable as good mature cheddar.
The onion wasn’t too strong and the balance of flavours was just right. So too was the coverage. Each crisp had an even flavour and was a good ‘crisp’ slice of potato, no burns, no blemishes. In fact I think they may have overtaken the Tyrrell’s I tried the other week as my favourite Cheese and Onion crisps (well, to date anyway).

Next the Norfolk Bloody Mary. I was really looking forward to these. I was expecting a kind of spicy tomato and again wasn’t disappointed by the taste. However, unfortunately we must have had a bad bag. The crisps were soft, not at all ‘crisp’. The only thing I can think of was the bag wasn’t properly sealed. This was a real shame because the flavour was great. A bit more peppery than I like my Bloody Mary’s but then again thats just personal taste. I know not everyone agrees with the idea of tomato flavoured crisps, but the added spices to the Norfolk plum tomato base made these really palatable.
I reckon that both of these crisps would be fantastic with a decent pint of ale. 

If you want to get your hands on some of these to try for yourselves, then keep your eyes open as they are not available in supermarkets. But in some way, this makes them even more special when you find them. Pipers, you get the thumbs up from me.