Farmshop sweeps the board at National Pie Comp

Bolster Moor Farmshop stunned crowds after taking home the top prize in all four categories of MTJ’s National Pie competition, which took place at Butchers’ Fair Autumn in Harrogate yesterday (7 October).

The shop, run by butcher Simon Haigh, was judged to have the best pork pie, savoury pie, steak and kidney pie and pasty, despite strong competition from other butchers. Handing out the awards, ex-Eastenders and Extras star Shuan Williamson described Simon as the “Meryl Streep of the pie world”.

Simon said: “It is good to come and do so well and take every category. We have done well in the last eight or ten years in competitions, although we don’t do as many now as we used to do.

“The bar is always being raised with these competitions, people see what we have done and what the winners are doing and they aspire to that and alter their game accordingly. So it is good, we are pleased.”

Judges were particularly impressed with the winning savoury pie, a Jubilee Pie created by Luke Haigh, which took third place in the Regional Speciality category of the international Young Butcher competition in Utrecht, the Netherlands last month. The pie boasts a pork and chicken filling, with a ‘Union Jack’ flag topping created using blueberrys.

Head judge David Lishman said: “The Jubilee Pie was probably the most impressive of all the products in the competition. It is a real artisan product that the maker had put a lot of effort and time into getting right. Not only did it look fantastic but the sharpness of the blueberrys enhanced the flavour of the meat. It shows that in this country we still have the ability to produce some intricate and high quality items.”

David says that it was a “surprise” to him that one shop could take home all four prizes in a competition with very varied classes. “Anyone producing bakery products can learn a lot from what they are doing,” he said.

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