The first ever British Pie Awards took place at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, Leicester this week.

There were 277 hot pies and 234 cold entered - a grand total of 511 pies across 12 categories. These included Steak and Kidney, Cornish Pasty, Football Pie, Vegetarian, plus the famous Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, which was judged jointly by Ian Clarke, a Quality Guild butcher and Sylvia Macdonald editor of British Baker.

Champion of Champions was won by Walker’s Charnwood Bakery of Leicester with its hand-raised Sainsbury’s Melton Mowbray Pork Pie. Other winners included Dickinson & Morris of Leicester, which won both Pork Pie and Game Pie classes, and Stuart’s of Buckhaven, which won British Apple Pie.