A North Wales delicatessen famed for its home-made produce has been highly commended at the British Pie Awards in Melton Mowbray.
Leonardo’s Delicatessen Limited in Ruthin was recognised for its lamb, coriander, and apricot pie in the lamb pie category at the prestigious awards.
Leonardo’s makes its own quiches, puddings, sausage rolls, patés, and ready meals, alongside its meat pies including chicken, leek and laverbread pies.
The deli was founded in 200 by Ceris Brunzel-Roberts and her chef husband Andreas Brunzel. It uses seasonal fruit and vegetables from the owners’ garden, Tyn y Celyn free range chicken, Welsh black beef from Bala, Mochyn Merllyn pork, and Coed Du Farm milk and cream. Other local ingredients used include Clyttir Farm free range eggs and Snowdonia cheddar.
The awards saw top honours given to a ‘Beef Skirt & Vegetable Pastie’ made by A.F. Huddleston Butchers.
The Cumbrian firm took home the title of Supreme Champion, beating 815 other pies to secure the coveted trophy. This pasty had the judges’ mouths watering for its even bake, beautiful glaze and well balanced flavours.
Matthew O’Callaghan, Chairman of the British Pie Awards and Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, said: “I know many will be surprised to see a pasty winning the British Pie Awards, but the definition of a pie is a filling totally encased in pastry – pies come in all shapes including round pies, square pies and pasties.
“Pasties have been a feature of British cuisine for centuries ranging from the Forfar Bridie in Scotland through to the Midland’s Bedfordshire Clanger and down to the iconic Cornish Pasty. I’m pleased that we now have an award-winning pasty to shout about from Cumbria.
“The winning pasty was outstanding.”
The eighth annual British Pie Awards took place in Melton Mowbray during British Pie Week for the first time in the awards’ history. On Wednesday, 816 pies were entered from 132 professional bakers, butchers, and chefs and judged by over 100 top pie perfectionists – including leading food critic Charles Campion, chef Rachel Green and TV chef Andy Bates.
Turner’s Pies Ltd in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, had four entries achieving first place within their individual classes. These pies were – Steak & Stilton Pie, Highland Top Rump & Potato Pie, Chicken, Ham Hock & Stuffing Pie, and Steak & Ale Pie. If you think football clubs are all about meat pies, think again. Morecambe Football Club won the dessert pie category with its apple, sultana,and cinnamon pie, and was highly commended twice.
The Speciality Class at this year’s British Pie Awards encouraged pie makers to create showstopping pies fit for Her Majesty The Queens 90th birthday celebrations. A Victorian Corset Pork & Chicken Pie produced by Walker & Son was crowned as the class winner.
|Supreme Champion||Beef Skirt & Vegetable Pastie –
A.F. Huddleston Butchers
|Best Overall Small Producer||Steak & Ale Pie – The Wheatsheaf|
|Class||Class champion||Highly Commended||Highly Commended|
|Class 1 – Melton Mowbray Pork Pie||Melton Mowbray Pork Pie – Dickinson & Morris||Melton Mowbray Pork Pie – F. Bailey & Son||Melton Mowbray Pork Pie – Leesons Family Butchers|
|Class 2 – Pork Pie||Tesco Finest Extra Large Melton Mowbray Pork Pie – Walker & Son||Pork & Egg Pie 440g – Walker & Son||Pork Pie – Keelham Farm Shop Ltd|
|Class 3 – Steak & Kidney Pie||Steak & Kidney Pie – Wessex Pantry||Steak, Kidney & Ale Pie – Proper Pies Limited||Steak & Kidney Pie – Turner’s Pies Ltd|
|Class 4 – Beef & Any Flavour Combination Pie||Steak & Stilton Pie – Turner’s Pies Ltd||Beef, Venison & Red Wine Pie – The Outdoor Pig Company||Steak Mushroom & Truffle Oil Pie – Turner’s Pies Ltd|
|Class 5 – Beef & Ale Pie||Steak & Ale Pie – The Wheatsheaf||Steak & Ale Pie – Tom’s Pies||Steak & Ale Pie – Chef’s Kitchen|
|Class 6 – Meat & Potato Pie||Highland Top Rump & Potato Pie – Turner’s Pies Ltd||Meat & Potato Pie – Morecambe FC||Steak & Potato Pie – Middleton-in-Teesdale Fish & Chip Shop|
|Class 7 – Lamb Pie||Lamb, Mint & Rosemary Pie – Robert Bowring Farmer & Butchers||Lamb, Coriander & Apricot Pie – Leonardos Delicatessen Ltd||Braised Lamb, Rosemary & Roast Potato Pie – Dunkleys|
|Class 8 – Chicken Pie||Chicken, Ham Hock & Stuffing Pie – Turner’s Pies Ltd||Chicken Pie – Plenty Pastry Ltd||Chicken Pie – Robert Bowring Farmer & Butchers|
|Class 9 – Chicken & Vegetable / Herb Pie||Luxury Chicken Pie – Nice Pie||Chicken & Leek Pie – Thomas the Caterer||Chicken & Leek Pie – Robert Bowring Farmer & Butchers|
|Class 10 – Chicken & Other Meat Pie||Chicken, Bacon & Mushroom Pie – Walker & Son||Chicken Pie – Plenty Pastry Ltd||Chicken, Ham Hock, Maderia & Wild Mushroom Pie – Proper Pies Ltd|
|Class 11 – Speciality Meat Pie||Game Pie – Mud Foods Ltd||Venison Pie – Plenty Pastry Ltd||Game Pie -Madaboutpies.co.uk|
|Class 12 – Savoury Pie||Pork & Apple with Layered Turkey & Sage Crust – Roberts Country Fayre||M&S Fluted Oval Pork & Chicken Layered Pie – Walker & Son||Tesco Ultimate Pork Pie 440g – Walker & Son|
|Class 13 – Fish Pie||Posh Stargazy with Prawns Pie – Fuller, Smith & Turner||Smoked Salmon & Caviar Pie – Katherine Walmsley Fine Foods||Salmon & Cream Cheese Pie – Cossack Cuisine|
|Class 14 – Vegetarian Pie||Lentil & Sweet Potato Pie – Sandersons UK Limited||Spinach & Mushroom Pie – Sanderson UK Limited||Saag Pie – Pieminster|
|Class 15 – Pasty||Beef Skirt & Vegetable Pastie – A.F Huddlestons Butchers||Pork & Apple Pasty – The Outdoor Pig Company||Traditional Cornish Pasty – Warrens Bakery|
|Class 16 – Dessert Pie including Bramley Apple Pie||Apple, Sultana & Cinnamon Pie – Morecambe Football Club||Bramley Apple Pie – Morecambe FC||Traditional Apple Pie – The Rutland Pie Company|
|Class 17 – Pub Pie||Chicken, Brie & Cranberry Pie – Kentish Mayde||Ham Hock & Smoked Chicken Pie – Kentish Mayde||Highland Top Rump with Kidney – Turner’s Pies|
|Class 18 – Football Pie||Steak & Ale Pie – Turner’s Pies Ltd||Steak & Ale Pie – Kentish Mayde||Steak & Stilton Pie – Turner’s Pies Ltd|
|Class 19 – Free From Pie||Gluten Free Goats Cheese & Spinach ‘Heidi’ Pie – Pieminster||Gluten Free Beef & Ale Pie – Pieminster||Moroccan Spiced Vegetarian Pie – The Biddestone Arms|
|Class 20 – Speciality Class: Pie Fit For The Queen||Marks & Spencer Victorian Corset Pork & Chicken Pie – Walker & Son||A Royal Stamp of Approval Pork Pie – Walker & Son||Three Tiered Regal Pie – Walker & Son|