Three pies were tested in LPPAS’s May meeting. Two of these are very worthy of a review. The established top quality pies from Walmsley’s of Ramsbottom and Kevin Barry’s Quality Pies of Lytham which was new to most of our members.

Walmsley’s (86%)
31 Bridge St, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AD

With an overall score of 86% Walmsley’s just pip Greeley’s beautiful pies at the top of our 2018 table. Now a firm favourite of our tasters Walmsley’s pork pies are lovingly crafted. ‘Exceeded expectations’ was a comment from a first time taster. For me, the distinctive feature of the pies is their thin, crispy and delicious pastry, echoed in this comment which summarises nicely the overall balance of the pie: ‘Excellent all round pie. Crust, crisp and dry, pork tasty, jelly tasty and just enough’. If you haven’t already tasted these pies you should make the trip to Ramsbottom to try for yourself.



Lytham Quality Pies (76%)
24 Clifton St, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 5EW



Lytham Quality Pies differs from our normal suppliers. This is predominantly a high quality pie shop rather than a butchers, although it sells a wide range of meat etc. The pork pie was well received without reaching the heights of Walmsley’s. The main factor here was the thick pastry. Most agreed with the comment that ‘The pastry is very tasty, but their is too much for my liking’. As always these things are a matter of personal taste, the jelly and the pork were rated highly by the judges – so if you are a pastry lover this pie is for you.   A special mention also for their Scotch Eggs. Acting on a tip off from one of our more senior members a couple of Scotch Eggs were procured. After tasting these I’ll never buy a supermarket version again. Its good to have a balanced diet, and so if you call into Quality Pies why not try a Scotch Egg with your pork pie?