"Men Have Witnessed The Dinner Ceremony On Flagships, Where The Steward Still Called It 'Claret' And A Bath Oliver Appeared With The Cheese..." The Pound Era, Hugh Kenner
We have fought bravely and returned with the spoils of battle!
There WAS a production run of Fortt’s Original Bath Olivers in mid-December.
They were dispatched to marketplaces around the world, and they should become available in all GOOD grocers imminently.
What follows is a partial list as provided to us by United Biscuits and their wholesalers. This list is by no means complete, and if you are or know someone who has stock or sells Bath Oliver biscuits, please be in touch so we can update our list!
Dear Gastronomes and Gastronauts:
S’truth! We have learned from united Biscuits that there is a production run scheduled for December 2020. There may be hope yet!
However, we must not relent. We must gird our loins for the possible fight ahead, for this is not yet a clear victory. We have been let down in the past—lest we forget “1984.”
In fact, United Biscuits must go some way to prove they are worthy of holding this license to produce the quintessential biscuit.
We urge you: keep up your impassioned campaign! Contact information is listed below. Carry on!
It looks as though we have the scoundrels on the ropes.
It is with a heavy heart, dear reader, that we must inform you that the divine Bath Oliver has been discontinued without even the dignity of a press release.
This unconscionable decision was executed by Jacob’s and their parent company United Biscuits. On October 7th The Daily Telegraph broke this sad news in a letter by Mr. Peter Sitch. This was soon reiterated by the BBC Today radio program at 7:44 AM GMT.
We know dear reader, how baffaling this must be to you. But indeed, we have verified it ourselves with United Biscuits. Initially, the impression Mr. Sitch received was that the stalwart Bath Oliver was being discontinued. In later correspondence with us, the representative of Pladis/United Biscuit indicated to us that the line had been “de-prioritized” due to COVID-19, leaving us with the impression that it could return when normal life resumes. United Biscuit and its subsidiary appears to be toying with this staple food, and needlessly leaving our biscuit’s future hanging in the balance.
We implore you, dear reader, stay strong! We call upon you once more to take up metaphorical arms and the mighty pen, for we have power!
1. We ask you to write your MP, your Congressmen or Representative. Most of all, write to United Biscuit and Jacobs.
2. We call upon you for a full boycott of United Biscuit products. Not a crumb shall touch our mouths until we see our anointed biscuit returned. A partial list of products can be found below.
3. In this perilous time, we know you cannot go without a Bath Oliver, so a recipe can be found on this page.
We have weathered this storm before. The Bath Oliver has never left our hearts, but many of us remember the dark days in 1984 when the archetypal biscuit was first stripped from us. We persevered, stayed strong and true, and because of our persistence the resplendent Bath Oliver was returned to our grocer shelves and to our homes. Dark as this day may be, with our united effort we can again affect the resurrection of our beloved biscuit.
We are a society for the purpose of preserving the original Bath Oliver. We do outreach and education to support, bolster and maintain the tradition of the Bath Oliver biscuit. It is a collaborative effort, and we welcome all comments, criticisms, and concerns. If you feel we have overlooked or misrepresented something, please let us know.
We are gratified that we have been inundated with requests to donate to our humble society. As it stands, there is a small group of us, lucky enough to be able to shoulder the burden of this small project. However, if you insist, please contact us. We can no doubt make an arrangement. We want to thank you ALL for your kind words and effervescent spirit.
These are some recipes found across the World-Wide Web.
Many of you will be looking to make your own Bath Olivers at home for the times when it is increasingly difficult to find the Original Fortt’s Bath Oliver.
These recipes are what we have found to be a reasonable approximation of the Bath Oliver. You might use them while our recipe testers work to finalize a recipe for a more accurate People’s Bath Oliver.
|2 tbsp||Warm Water|
|1 tsp||Dried Yeast|
|12 oz||Strong White Flour|
As lifted from Ladies, A Plate
Making the dough
|1/2 tsp||Dried Yeast|
|100ml (approx)||Lukewarm Milk|
Lizzie Collingham's Recipe from The Biscuit: The History of a Very British Indulgence as it apperd in William Sitwell's piece in The Telegraph on 7 October 2020
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