Local success amid controversy at 2016 British Pie Awards!

The British Pie Awards took place at St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray in March. This year’s Supreme UK Pie Champion, beating 815 other entrants, was controversial to say the least – a beef pasty made by family-run A.F. Huddleston Butchers in the Lake District.

“Outrageous!” I hear you cry. “A pasty is a pasty and a pie is a pie.” Maybe so, but the technical definition of a pie, according to the awards organisers, is a filling totally encased in pastry, so I’ll leave you to make peace with this baking bombshell in your own personal way.

But it wasn’t all controversy at the 2016 awards. Several local Great Food Club-recommended producers deservedly did well without infuriating any pie aficionados.

One was Ian Curtis, who co-founded Oakham-based Rutland Pie Company in 2014. At the latest awards Ian won gold medals for his Bramley Apple Pie and his Steak & Ale with Mushroom Pie, plus several other gongs, including one for a gluten-free pie (Ian offers several gluten-free creations).

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Judging is always a serious business at the British Pie Awards

Ian, 49, has his roots in baking and his first job was at Langham village bakery aged 11, so he’s clearly had lots of practice!

Others local pie-makers who did well include Dickinson & Morris, Walker & Son (class winners in the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie category), Nelson’s Butchers of Stamford, which scooped Silver for its Melton Mowbray pork pie; Hambleton Farms (Gaol St, Oakham) – silver for its Breakfast Pie; and Leeson’s Butchers of Oakham – bronze for its Melton Mowbray pork pie.

Special mention too for Nice Pie of Old Dalby, Leicestershire, who did brilliantly yet again – a class winner with its Luxury Chicken Pie.

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Matt Wright
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Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.