BBC presenter Nicki Chapman visits Corkers Crisps as Escape to the Country comes to Cambridgeshire

Corkers owner, Ross Taylor and Nicki Chapman on Escape to the Countryside.

Corkers owner, Ross Taylor and Nicki Chapman on Escape to the Countryside. - Credit: Archant

Towns in Cambridgeshire took centre stage as the BBC’s Escape to the Country came to the county.

Corkers owner, Rod Garnham inside the factory with Nicki Chapman.

Corkers owner, Rod Garnham inside the factory with Nicki Chapman. - Credit: Archant

Presenter Nicki Champan visited various locations around the county – including Chatteris and Warboys – as she tried to find a couple from London a new home.

She also visited Pymoor-based crisp manufacturers, Corkers, and discovered how the renowned Fen potato goes from the field to the crisp packet.

She met with owners Ross Taylor and Rod Garnham, who explained the history of the company and how it survived the recession.

Mr Taylor said: “The recession came along in 2008 and we decided we couldn’t carry the farm on any longer relying on the markets wed always traded with so we needed to do something with the product ourselves

Chatteris High Street on Escape to the Country.

Chatteris High Street on Escape to the Country. - Credit: Archant


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“We lost our Irish market we’d supplied all my father’s career. It was either do something different or give the farm up.

“We’d never tried crisps with our products but we took them to a crisp expert and they tried them and couldn’t believe the quality of our product so we decided that was the way forward for us in the future.

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“All our crisps come from within 100 yards of our factory.”

The episode was broadcast yesterday (September 7) and can be watched on the BBC’s iPlayer.

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