A Top Rump Steak & Stilton Pie made by family bakery Turner’s Pies has been crowned supreme champion at the 12th annual British Pie Awards.
It beat nearly 900 pies – entered by 160 professional bakers, butchers and chefs from across the UK – in 23 classes (see full list below) to claim the ultimate accolade and marks a “return to tradition” after a vegan pie was controversially crowned the winner last year.
Among this year’s entries were some unusual offerings including Squirrel Pie, Duck with Black Cherries & Kirsch Pie, Venison with Chinese Dried Kumquats Pie and Vegan Haggis Pie.
“The pastry had an even thickness, with a crunchy rich texture. The filling was well balanced between meat and cheese which gave a subtle taste and the meat, though tender, still having ‘bite’. Overall a cracking pie,” said chief judge Colin Woodhead of the Supreme Champion.
West Sussex-based Turner’s Pies, which previously topped the awards in 2018, also won Class Champion in the Beef & Cheese Pie Class, picking up a full baker’s dozen of awards in total this year.
“Besides winning the Supreme Champion - or ‘Pie of Pies’ - title, Turner’s also won three Highly Commended Awards, three Golds, four Silvers and two Bronzes. With their record, they are undisputedly Britain’s Best Pie Maker,” added awards organiser Dr Matthew O’Callaghan.
Here are the full list of class champions:
Melton Mowbray Pork Pie: M&S Handcrafted Large Melton Mowbray Pork Pie 440g, Walker & Son
Pork Pie: Walkers Fluted 440g Pork Pie, Walker & Son
Cold-Eating Savoury Pie Class: Pork & Black Pudding Pie, Dales Traditional Butchers Ltd
Pasty: West Cornwall Pasty Co. Cheese & Spinach, West Cornwall Pasty Company
Dessert Pie (including Bramley Apple Pie): Bramley Apple Pie, Morecambe FC
Steak and Kidney Pie: Steak and Kidney Pie, Jarvis Pickle
Beef & Any Flavour Combination Pie: Steak and Onion Pie, Yorkshire Pie Bakery
Beef & Ale Pie: Beef & Salcombe Brewery Riptide Ale, Passion For Pie
Beef & Cheese Pie: Turner’s Steak & Stilton Pie, Turner’s Pies Ltd
Meat & Potato Pie: Meat & Potato Pie, The Custodial Pie Corporation
Lamb Pie: Pepper’s Cottage Bakery Minted Lamb Pie, Pepper’s Cottage Bakery
Chicken Pie: Chicken & Ham Hock Pie with Crème Fraiche & White Wine, Higgidy
Chicken & Vegetable / Herb Pie: The West Mill Chicken and Leek Pie, The West Mill Kitchen ltd
Chicken With Other Meat Pie: Chicken & Ham Hock Pie, Nice Pie
Speciality Meat & Game Pie: Homemade Venison, Stout & Chestnut Pie, Truly Traceable Venison & Game Pies
Hot-Eating Savoury Pie: Cheese and Onion, Piemezzanae
Fish Pie Class: Nice Fish Pie, Nice Pie
Vegetarian Pie: Thomas’ Cauliflower Cheese Pie, Thomas The Caterer
Vegan Pie: Squash, Spinach & Feta (Vegan) Pie, MUD Foods
Pub Pie Class: The Woodmans Arms Salmon, Cod, Smoked Haddock and Prawn Pie, We Are Never Limited
Sports Pie: Lamb and Vegetable, Morecambe FC
Fish & Chip Shop Pie: Chicken, Leek and Ham Pie, The Cods Scallops
Free From: Mad K Goats Cheese, Spinach and Sweet Potato Pie, Mad K Ltd T/A Mum & Dad’s Kitchen