Tudor Crisps

Tudor crisps

Tudor Crisps was founded in Sunderland in 1947. They moved to Newcastle in 1961 when the brand was acquired by Smiths Crisps.

Tudor became known for its unusual (at the time) choice of flavours including Tomato Ketchup, Hot Dog & Mustard, And Pickled Onion.

Tudor’s packets were colour-coded: Cheese & Onion sold in blue packets, Beef Barbecue in brown, Tomato Sauce in red.

During the 1970s, sales of Tudor crisps soared thanks to the company’s memorable advertising campaign. It featured a paper boy, bribed with a “canny bag of Tudor” to deliver papers to a Gateshead tower block.

Those adverts were re-referenced in the 1980s, with the now adult paperboy returning in a Rolls Royce and eating a bag of Tudor Specials.

The Tudor brand was phased out in 2003, along with Smiths crisps, now both part of Walkers Crisps.

As Tudor no longer exists, we haven’t been able to verify all of these flavours. The unverified ones are in italic. We’d love to hear about the flavours from former Tudor Crisp eaters!

  • Beef
  • Beef Barbecue
  • Brown Sauce
  • Cheese & Onion
  • Chocolate
  • Cream Cheese & Chives
  • Fried Onion
  • Fried Tomato & Bacon
  • Gammon
  • Gammon & Pineapple
  • Hot Dog & Ketchup
  • Hot Dog & Mustard
  • Kipper
  • Mild Curry
  • Mint Sauce
  • Pickled Onion
  • Pork & Apple
  • Prawn Cocktail
  • Ready Salted
  • Roast Beef & Pickle
  • Roast Chicken
  • Roast Chicken & Mint Sauce
  • Roast Lamb & Mint Sauce
  • Salt & Vinegar
  • Saucy Sausage
  • Smoky Bacon
  • Spare Rib
  • Spicy Chicken
  • Spring Onion
  • Sweet & Sour
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Turkey & Stuffing

25 thoughts on “Tudor Crisps

    1. Hi Ann, I don’t think it is at the moment, but people are always campaigning to get Walkers to bring back Tudor crisps, so we can live in hope!

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  1. I can remember a Worcestershire sauce flavour. It was a firm favourite of mine in the mid to late 70s. I could only get them from the BonAccord swimming baths situated in Justice Mill Road, Aberdeen.
    Sadly the baths closed (i think in the 2000s), but they are under restoration at present.

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  2. I’m trying to date the Gammon flavour Tudor Crisps that are showing in the middle row, far right of you photo of 15 Tudor flavours. I have just picked up some (packet say New flavour) in a litter pick along with other decades old items, mainly 1980s. Unfortunately the best before date is not visible. Would love to hear from you 🙂

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    1. Hi Ella, That’s amazing! I think the Gammon flavour packet here must be from the 1970s (not sure exactly when). There was a famous advert (“I’d climb a mountain for Tudor Crisps!”). They changed the packaging later, and reissued the advert with the boy actor in it now coming back as a grown man. It’s a bit hard to see from the version that’s online, but they seem to have made a switch in the advert to show the 1980s packaging instead of the 1970s. You can find out more about the advert here https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/tudor-crisps-north-easts-very-10109888

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      1. Continuing my litter pick in Guisborough I today found a 1975 packet of ready salted Tudor crisps!!! I was able to date them as they had a promotion on the packet for “International Gems” with a closing date of 30th March 1975. Mind boggling really, how long that has waited to be picked up

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  3. Thank you lizzieben42. It is frustrating that the packets in the advert are difficult to make out. It’s likely that this is the oldest item I’ve found but can’t be sure! Don’t know if you’re interested to see photos? It’s been laid in brambles at the edge of a playing field for 3 or 4 decades!

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  4. I can remember my personal favourite which was Tudor savoury vinegar in blue and yellow bag with a large Tudor King on the front. They were so strong that my cheeks almost met each other in the middle!

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  5. I’m looking to recreate a Tudor bag of crisps for a stage play, do you have the dimensions of a packet of the crisps, circa 1978?

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  6. We’ve been asked a question about the value of a 1990s Tudor crisp packet. The packet in question is a 1995 Worcester Sauce flavour one. Does anyone have any idea what it would be worth?

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  7. Hi there, my mum was a rep for Tudor crisps back in the 1970’s and I used to love it in the school holidays when she would have to take me with her in the car and let me eat some of the samples she was bringing to sweet shops. My favourite were Tudor Rashers. They are very similar to todays Bacon Fries mmmmmmmm……..

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  8. I grew up on Tudor Crisps and seem to remember a flavour called French Onion! Although it could have been Fried Onion I suppose… Being honest though I’m about 80% sure it was French…..

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      1. I bet there are! We’re trying to track them all down, so if you know of any we’ve missed, I’d love to hear about them!

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    1. You might well be right – I’d love it if you can find out for definite! We only include flavours we can verify and the more Tudor Crisp flavours we know about the better!

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