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Appreciating the best best pork pies Lancashire has to offer

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DT Laws Crowned Champion Piemaker at LPPAS Awards Night

Many thanks to everyone involved in making last night’s awards a great success.

Firstly thanks to the 5 top class butchers who happily donated their LPPAS Gold Rated pies:

D.T Law Butcher

Heys Family Butchers

Grimes food hall Of Cleveleys

Higginsons – Butchers & Pie Makers

Walmsleys Butchers

Secondly, thanks to to all attendees, our hosts & staff at the Black Bull, our sponsor – Cardwells Estate Agent, and everyone that took part in the raffle and auction. Collectively we raised over £600 last night for Macmillan Cancer Support, taking our total for the year above £1600!

The most frequently heard comment on the pies was that all 5 were superb. There has to be a winner though, and on the night DT Laws of Haslingden were the clear winners and become our inaugural Supreme Champion 👏👏👏

Our Top Rated Pies for 2017

Top Rated Pies 2017

Over the last 12 months LPPAS Members have sampled over 30 different pork pies from all corners of the county. The quality of these pies provides a great testament to the skill and dedication of the many top class butchers that we are lucky enough to have in Lancashire. It has been a privilege to visit these butchers, seeing at first hand the pride that they have in making the best pies possible. We have rated each pie against four criteria: Overall Quality; Pastry; Pork and Jelly. The quality was such that there is only a hair’s breadth between the top rated in each category. We have therefore listed the top 10 in each category and guarantee that once you’ve sampled any of these pies you won’t buy a mass produced supermarket pie again. We believe that they are the best pork pies not just in the county, but in the country. Here are our Top 10s:

Best Overall Pie
finaltableMany congratulations go to Grime’s of Cleveleys for what is our top rated pie. The pie itself is distinctive and reflects the character of the super enthusiastic proprietor Carl Caldwell. A very worthy winner in this category. The remainder of the Top 5 are all within just 2 points of the winner reflecting the quality that is available around the county, coming as they do from Ramsbottom, Grange, Burnley and Haslingden. A superb range of first class butchers. Read our review of Grimes here.

Best Pastry

pastryfinalPlaced joint fourth in the overall category, Heys of Burnley take the prize for the best pastry. Located just a stone’s throw away from Turf Moor, Heys butchers was an unexpected delight. Like many top butchers it is a family firm that have been trading for over 30 years. In Danny Heys, a real pie enthusiast, they are in very safe hands.

Read our Review of Heys Butchers here.

Best Pork

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The best pork category is shared by Higginson’s of Grange and best pastry winner Hey’s of Burnley. Everything about Higginson’s reflects the high quality of their produce.  Higginson’s, another family business, have been established in Grange now for over thirty years  and have steadily grown in reputation culminating in being  voted Britain’s Best Butchers.

Read our review of Higginsons here.

Best Jelly

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Our most clear-cut winner comes in the Best Jelly category. This was always our most controversial category with preferences varying between members. The jelly from Jamie Pitt’s of Earby took its place at the top of the charts at the beginning of the year and stayed there almost unchallenged until our overall top rated Grime’s came close towards the end of the year. If there was a value for money prize Pitt’s would have won that too – as at the time we sampled them they were on sale for just 90p. Read our review of Pitts of Earby here.

Special mention should also go to Walmsley’s of Ramsbottom and DT Laws of Haslingden (Review to follow) which feature in the Top 5 in a number of categories without quite topping the tables – two more outstanding pies. Finally, all of the pies featuring in the Top 10s above are excellent. We encourage everyone to support their local butchers and give them a try. To find your way to any one of these or to find the nearest to you please use our pie finder or pie directory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer, Music & Pies! The Great Lancashire Pork Pie Bake Off

We are excited to provide more details for the Great Lancashire Pork Pie Bake Off. Firstly, we will shortly be announcing details of a new beer that is being brewed specially for the night. A barrel of the beer will be donated by the brewer free of charge. As with all proceeds from the Pie Off all proceeds will be going to Macmillan Cancer Support. Watch this space for further details soon. Along with the beer, musical entertainment will be provided on the night too. As certain members of the LPPAS aren’t noted for their temperance the decision has been made to bring the Pie Off forward by 24 hours to the evening of Saturday 24th June.

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Entries Now Open for ‘The Great Lancashire Pork Pie Bake Off’

Entries are now being accepted for the Great Lancashire Pork Pie Bake Off’. Our search to find the best home made pork pie in Lancashire. The entry fee for competitors will be £5.00 (payable on the day)  with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. Places are limited, so to enter your pie in the Great Lancashire Pork Pie Bake Off either complete an entry form in person at The Black Bull, or drop us an email at  lancsporkpies@gmail.com with your name and contact details.

Date: 8:00pm Saturday 24th June.
Venue: The Black Bull, Edgworth, Bolton, BL7 0AF.

 

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National Butchers Week

Every week it seems is ‘something week’ these days. Last week was national pie week, which started well, but ended in ignominy. Somehow, the ‘expert’ judges at the Pie Awards chose a Ginsters pasty as the second best pasty in Britain, and crowned a peppered steak pie as second best Meat & Potato Pie. This week is now National Butcher’s Week. In this case, we at the LPPAS definitely agree that this is a worthy cause.

Butchers are highly skilled, expert craftspeople. First and foremost of course is their skill in cutting and trimming meat. They are almost all, small & family run businesses. In today’s times where large supermarkets dominate, any such business has to provide an excellent product and service in order to survive. It is to the great credit of the many high quality local butchers in Lancashire that they do just that. We all owe such businesses our support, and so we are happy to celebrate National Butchers Week.

We are happy too for another particular reason. That is, that so many of these expert butchers also happen to make the best pork pies in the county. In our search for the best pork pies in Lancashire it has been our pleasure to find small, family run, butchers that apply the same skills and attention to detail from their normal work into the additional job of producing excellent pies. Indeed, every town seems to have a butcher with the reputation of producing the best pies in the country. We are enjoying identifying as many of these butchers as possible this year, and taking even more pleasure in sampling their wares. If we can do our little bit to promote these often unsung heroes we are very happy to do so.

Official Launch Event

The official launch of the Lancashire Pork Pie Appreciation Society will take place at 9:30pm on Monday 13th February at LPPAS headquarters, The Black Bull, Edgworth.

The launch will take the form of a tasting session of two specially selected pork pies. Having sampled the pies, with their drinks of choice, LPPAS committee members will  grade each pie in terms of: overall excellence; pastry; pork and jelly. Over the coming year we are hoping to discover the best pork pies that Lancashire has to offer. In December we will crown the champion pork pie in Lancashire (effectively the best pork pie in the world).

As part of the launch a number of pies for sampling will be available to guests but due to limited budgets anyone wishing to partake should let Steve, the Landlord of the Bull know in advance, either in person or via email at steve@blackbulledgworth.co.uk

 

Follow us on Twitter

The Lancashire Pork Pie Appreciation Society twitter account was launched on the 22nd January 2017. Follow us for updates on our activities and news of he best pies and pie shops that Lancashire has to offer at https://twitter.com/lancsporkpies.

 

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