Oatcakes praised by Prime Minister David Cameron in the Commons
PRIME Minister David Cameron got a taste of Stoke-on-Trent's finest fare when he tucked into an oatcake.
The premier saluted what the county has to offer when it was unveiled at a food festival in Westminster.
The PM sampled delights including locally-brewed beer and a Povey's oatcake – made in Biddulph – which was taken down to the House of Commons by staff at the Brown and Green shop.
Mr Cameron said: "I was delighted to hear that so many Staffordshire producers came to London to celebrate all that makes Staffordshire great.
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"I know that the House of Commons was thrilled to sample the award-winning chocolates of Louis Barnett, ales from Staffordshire's vibrant ale industry and the world-famous oatcake, which Brown and Green brought down." The Staffordshire Food Festival was staged at the House of Commons and gave MPs the chance to try out the best of the county's produce.
It saw 22 companies showcase their produce, including Brown and Green, based at Trentham Gardens.
The event was organised by Tamworth MP Chris Pincher, to highlight the quality of food producers in the county and help boost the region's reputation.
Director of Brown and Green Susie Keenan, aged 33, said: "Once we had been invited, there was no-way we were going to London without taking an oatcake with us.
"It's a fantastic reward for our hard work promoting and celebrating produce from over 30 Staffordshire suppliers in our Trentham Estate store."
The store gave away over 500 packs of Povey's oatcakes to politicians.
Store manager Julie Pimlott, aged 49, who is originally from Shelton, said: "The oatcakes were a big hit and proved to be a good talking point with people asking how they are prepared and what fillings we have in them."
Managing director of the oatcake company Alex Povey, said: "We knew that the company were taking some of the oatcakes down to the event and they went down really well. It is always pleasing to hear that the Prime Minister has enjoyed our product and was full of praise.
"We are doing thousands of oatcakes a month which are shipped all around the country so there is certainly a taste for them out there."
More than 400 people attended the event including a number of MPs such as Eric Pickles, David Davies, Tristram Hunt and Joan Walley.
Mr Hunt, the MP for Stoke Central, said: "It opened peoples' eyes to the sort of food and drink coming out of Staffordshire and the smaller businesses that are often behind it."