Betty's Hotpot leaves Corrie
- Bang Showbiz
- 22 September 2010
'Coronation Street' character Betty William's famous signature dish, Betty's Hotpot, is to be written out of the show as TV bosses are worried the 90-year-old actress will retire soon
'Coronation Street' character Betty Williams' famous dish 'Betty's Hotpot' is to be written out of the show.
The meaty meal - which has been served in the Rovers Return pub for decades by the soap's longest-serving barmaid, played by 90-year-old Betty Drive - will be taken off the menu as show bosses are worried the actress will retire soon.
A tasty new dish is now being considered to replace Betty's signature creation, the recipe of which the actress has managed to keep secret throughout her 41 years on the soap.
Character Sally Webster's herby lamb cobbler is now front runner to replace it.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "It's been discussed at a very high level what will happen to the hot pots once Betty has quit the show.
"The consensus is that it would be a fitting tribute to Betty to let the hot pots leave with her.
"Having Betty's hot pots in the show without having Betty there wouldn't be totally comfortable.
"Herby lamb cobbler could well be the new Rovers signature dish for the next 50 years."
Although the hot pot will depart Weatherfield, it will live on in real life with 'Betty's Hotpot' being sold in supermarkets.
The dishes will retail at £2.49 each and come packaged in special commemorative wrapping to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary.
They will be produced by Lancashire-based company, Holland's Pies, who have enjoyed a 25-year working relationship with the show since character Jack Duckworth was spotted tucking into one of their pies during a previous episode.
The hotpots - a traditional dish which consists of lamb, onion and potatoes left to bake all day under a low heat - have been sold to the public before in 1997, and proved to be a huge hit.