More? The Artisan Baker and Gail’s Artisan Bakery are among those to have topped the list of baking industry winners in this year’s Great Taste Awards.

D’Amore Lyth Valley Damson Pie scooped a three-star accolade for Kendal-based More? The Artisan Baker, which also took a two-star award for its Marvellous Malt Loaf and two one-star awards for its Meaty Potato Pie and Cheese and Onion Pie.

Meanwhile London-based Gail’s took a three-star award for its Seeded Crackers and three one-star awards for its Pecan & Cranberry Sourdough, its Seeded Sourdough and its French Dark Sourdough.

Other two-star bakery winners included Aberfeldy-based Kenmore Bakery, which makes handmade cakes, biscuits and confectionery, for its The Miller’s Crunch and Jackie’s Double Gingers, as well as two one-star awards for its traditional tablet and stem ginger tablet.

Gloucestershire-based Hobbs House Bakery received a two-star award for its Wild White loaf and one star for its Sherston loaf. Tullamore firm O’Donohues Bakery also scooped a pair of two-star awards for its Irish Stout Penny Loaf and Seeded Soda Penny Loaf and two one-star awards for its Brown Soda and Fruit Soda Penny Loaves.

Belfast-based Knotts Bakery took a two-star award for its Fruit Cake, while Staffords Bakery scooped a duo of two-star awards for its Staffords Bakery Chia & Wholegrain Bread and its Scone Bread. Ballyboden-based ÓhArtagáin Bakery also took two stars for its Honey and Hazelnut bread.

Doncaster-based The Topping Pie Company were awarded 2 - star ratings for its Apricot and Cranberry Pie, Chilli Pork Pie, Chicken and Ham Pie and its Traditional Pork Pie, while its Yorkshire Farmers and Chicken & Pancetta Pies achieved 1 - star ratings.

There were a raft of other one-star bakery winners, including Jen’s Cupcakery for its Dark Chocolate Brownie.

Great Taste is widely acknowledged as a respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

The Great Taste Awards 2017 will reach its conclusion on Monday 4 September at the Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel, London, where the Golden Fork winners for each region and the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2017 will be revealed at an awards dinner.