There was plenty of local success again when Melton hosted the British Pie Awards, which attracted 830 entries from 131 professional bakers and butchers across the nation.
Old Dalby family business Nice Pie followed up winning the Overall Small Producer last year by triumphing in two classes at the event held in St Mary’s Church.
Dickinson and Morris’ Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe, based in Nottingham Street, Melton, fittingly came first in the prestigious Melton Mowbray Pork Pie class.
And Walker and Son, part of the Melton-based Samworth Group, swept the board in the Savoury Pie class – winning first, second and third place.
Andrew Sharp, Dickinson and Morris’ assistant bakery and shop manager at the Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe, said: “It’s always an honour to win an award for our pies and to secure the top spot for our handcrafted Melton Mowbray pork pie is truly brilliant.
“We’re thrilled, especially as it is the number one best seller at the shop.”
Katharine Walmsley, pie-maker at Nice Pie, which won the Speciality Class (The Bride’s Pie) and the Lamb Pie sections, said: “The Speciality Class is a real chance to show how creative you can be as a pie-maker, and creating a ‘Bride’s Pie’ is the perfect platform to show off.
“With so many wacky and wonderful wedding entries in this class, we were delighted to be named class winner.”
The pies were judged over two days by 109 top industry perfectionists, including TV chef Andy Bates, leading food critic Charles Campion and renowned food writer Xanthe Clay.
Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the British Pie Awards, said: “What a year for the Awards – we’ve seen a truly varied and plentiful plethora of pies.
“The standard of entrants this year was higher than ever before, and all the local winners should be very proud of their awards.
“Each year we hold the awards to encourage innovation in pies and I believe we have outdone ourselves this year. I’d like to give my sincere thanks to all involved, including our judges, sponsors, volunteers and of course, all our wonderful pie makers.”
Supreme Champion 2015: Great North Pie Co
Best Overall Small Producer: Great North Pie Co
Melton Mowbray Pork Pie: Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe
Pork Pie: Outdoor Pig Co
Steak and Kidney Pie: Rushfields Farm Shop
Beef and Any Flavour Combination Pie: Great North Pie Co
Beef and Ale Pie: Quality and Excellence Ltd
Meat and Potato Pie: Huddlestons Butchers Ltd
Lamb Pie: Nice Pie
Chicken Pie: Boghall Butchers
Chicken and Vegetable/Herb Pie: Great North Pie Co
Chicken and Other Meat Pie: Dunkleys
Speciality Meat Pie: Truly Traceable Venison and Game Pies
Savoury Pie: Walker & Son for M&S
Fish Pie: Great North Pie Co
Vegetarian Pie: Great North Pie Co
Pasty: Boghall Butchers
Dessert Pie including Bramley Apple Pie: Morecambe FC
Pub Pie: Dunkleys
Football Pie: Morecambe FC
Free From Pie: The Biddestone Arms
Speciality Class (The Bride’s Pie): Nice Pie