The Fleece Inn at Bretforton has been awarded silver for its Steak & Ale Pie in the pub pie category of the 2019 British Pie Awards.
The awards, held in Melton Mowbray, were announced last week. They cover the entire United Kingdom and since 2009 have been celebrating British Pies in all their varieties.
For the purposes of the awards a pie is defined as the following: ‘A pie is deemed to be a filling wholly encased in pastry and baked’ and the pub pie category specified that entries were: ‘a pie commercially sold in pubs- to be eaten and judged hot.’
The Fleece Inn landlord Nigel Smith says: “The pie is one of the icons of British cuisine and millions of them are eaten hot or cold by Brits every year. In our class, entry was open to pubs and/or their suppliers whose entering pie is commercially sold at their pubs. The pie entries may be any shape and can weigh up to 600g. We entered our Steak and Ale pie because everyone who tastes it absolutely loves it and we think it’s winner – now it is official!”
British Pie Week aims to celebrate the heritage of the British Pie, protect and promote regional specialities, to recognise the craft of bakers, butchers and other producers and to support British produce.
The Fleece Inn’s silver award winning Steak and Ale pie is available on the food and drink menu at the National Trust pub all week including Pie and a Pint night on Wednesdays. For more information on the Fleece Inn, please visit www.thefleeceinn.co.uk