Dumfries-based The Little Bakery has been declared the maker of the world’s best Scotch pie.

Organised by Scottish Bakers, the 2019 World Championships Scotch Pie Awards attracted entries from more than 80 butchers and bakers who entered over 450 pies, sausage rolls, bridies, savouries and apple pies into the competition.

Kerr Little of the Little Bakery said he was speechless when he heard his business had won the top award in the event.

“This award is proof of what I have known for a long time - that The Little Bakery team is the best in the land,” he added. “I am really looking forward to the year ahead and to selling more of our champion pies than ever.”

The awards once again brought together the best pies and baked goods in the land, said Scottish Bakers president Ronnie Miles.

“We can really celebrate the achievement of our hard-working butchers and bakers. My heartfelt congratulations go to our World Champion, and indeed everyone today taking away a prize; they are all winners in my book.”