Walker & Son stars in British Pie Awards

Published on May 1, 2013

Walker & Son Pies, established in Leicester in 1824, scooped gold, silver and bronze in the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie category in the fifth British Pie Awards 2013, held in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, on April 24.

But it was not enough to pocket the Supreme Champion trophy, which was taken home to Suffolk by The Pie Kitchen of Bury St Edmunds for its Chicken, Chantanay Carrot and Bacon Pie.

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Carol Phillips of The Pie Kitchen celebrates after winning the Supreme Champion Trophy

The victories for Walker & Son, owned by Melton Mowbray-based Samworth Brothers, couldn’t have come at a better time for the historic pie maker because in June 2013 its freshly refurbished shop will open in the centre of Leicester.

Other notable performances came from Great Food Club producers Bouverie Lodge of Leicestershire – silver in the Bramley Apple Pie category – and Croots Farm Shop of Derbyshire – silver in the Speciality Pie section for its Game Pie.

A special mention should also go to Piglets Pantry, maker of pies for Brighton & Hove Albion FC, which grabbed first, second and third in the hotly contested Football Pie category.

Over 100 judges tasted a record 983 pies across 20 categories in the event, making it the largest British Pie Awards so far.

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Judges Tony Spencer and Julie Duff

For the full results list, click here.

Matt Wright
The author:

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'.