The 2022 British Pie Awards have concluded for another year with a number of Greater Manchester’s best pie makers dominating the prizes.
It’s no secret that we have some seriously good pie offerings up here in the North, with the range of fillings, flavours and varieties being endless.
And this range shone through at the British Pie Awards this year, with a number of local pie makers from the region coming home with an abundance of awards.
This year’s award ceremony saw a record-breaking 976 entries from 179 pie makers from across the country, with 151 judges being tasked with the enviable task of tasting and ranking each pie into gold, silver and bronze awards.
There were twenty-three different classes of hot and cold savoury and dessert pies and pasties for the judges to consider in the contest, which returned to its traditional March timing after the pandemic saw 2021’s event moved to September.
Here are the pie makers who did Greater Manchester proud at the British Pie Awards this year…
Ate Days A Week
Award-winning pie butty specialists Ate Days A Week in Stockport won several awards for a variety of their pie offerings, including their Lamb Pie of the Tiger pie, which scooped gold.
The restaurant’s new beef madras pie Madrassive Attack, and their Ox Cheek Pie of the Tiger were both awarded silver, while the Salt & Pepper Chicken Pie landed bronze.
The head-chef and owner of Ate Days A Week Andy James recently confirmed that he will be permanently moving his pies from Stockport to the city centre in a venue ‘close to Albert Square’ later this year.
Bolton-based H.M Pasties was also recognised at the awards, with their Cheese & Onion Pie winning silver and their Traditional West Country Style Pasty and Creamy Leek & Mushroom Pie both scooping the bronze awards.
And H.M Pasties isn’t known just for its pie offering; its owner Lee only employs ex-offenders out of the belief that giving people the chance to hold down a job is ‘vital’ to preventing re-offending.
The job gives his employees a steady income, a regular routine and a motive to cook at home and gain back their independence.
All the ingredients are sourced exclusively from local prison farms and gardens.
H.M Pasties, Norris Street, Bolton, BL3 6HQ.
Patel’s Pies was born from a collaboration between the fantastic Vaso Kitchen and Stockport’s Bernie’s Grocery Store, and has become quickly known and loved for its selection of Indian inspired pies.
And its popularity shone through at the British Pie Awards, with them coming home with two silvers thanks to their Aloo Matar and Chickpea & Paneer pies.
Patel’s Pies can be found at the newly renovated Band on the Wall, Bernies Grocery Store in Heaton Moor and Altrincham and A Taste of Honey in Didsbury.
Fraser’s Butchers in Bolton had a hugely successful night at the British Pie Awards, with them winning three awards for their classic pie offerings.
Their Pork Pie and Huntsman Pie (which is made up of pork, turkey and stuffing) were both awarded with silver, while their famous Meat & Potato Pie was commended with bronze.
Fraser’s Butchers, 272 Rishton Lane, Great Lever, Bolton, BL3 2EH.