The Butchers Hall & Country Grocer of Forest Green, Dorking has scooped 2 gold awards at the annual British Pie Awards, which took place in Melton Mowbray in April with their ‘slow Braised Lamb with Port and Leeks’ and ‘Pork Calvados and Apple’ pies. Organised and hosted by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, the awards broke all records this year as a staggering 983 pies were entered from across the UK.
Judged by over one hundred pie experts-including top food critic Charles Campion, TV chef Rachel Green and BBC sport commentator and Borough of Melton resident Jonathan Agnew-the pies were submitted in 20 classes in total. These ranged from dessert pies, to pub pies, to pork pies; and the criteria for judging covered many top pie attributes such as appearance, texture, taste of both the pastry and filling etc.
Vicky Gotto from The Butchers Hall & Country Grocer commented:
‘We are thrilled that our hard work and passion for creating great pies from our own rare breed animals, farmed in Dorking, has been recognised. Winning an award is an honour but 2 is just unbelievable!’
Matthew O’Callaghan, Chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, added:
‘The awards continue to attract more and more entries each year and we are delighted with the level of both expertise and enthusiasm our pie makers display!
In continuingly challenging trading times, knowing that a British Pie Award can help pie makers gain new business and access new routes to market, is fantastic. Congratulations to The Butchers Hall & Country Grocer’.