Ripon-based Yorkshire Handmade Pies can officially consider itself among the world’s best. At the Great Taste 2022 Awards, it picked up an elusive 3-star Great Taste Award for its Steak and Kidney Pie, 2-star awards for its Steak and Black Pudding and Yorkshire Samosa Pies, and a 1-star award for its Mushroom and Ale and Steak and Ale Pies.
Almost 100 years ago, James Sturdy began making pies from a village shop, which was the catalyst for the company Yorkshire Handmade pies. A century later, the company’s quality products are still wowing all who taste them.
More than 14,000 products went through the Great Taste 2022 Awards rigorous blind judging process, and only 241 products received the Great Taste 3-star accolade, given for ‘extraordinarily tasty food and drink’. The other available awards include the Great Taste 2-star, given to products considered ‘above and beyond delicious’ by the judges, with the Great Taste 1-star going to ‘food and drink that delivers fantastic flavour’.
What makes Yorkshire Handmade Pies so tasty?
One of the main selling points of Yorkshire Handmade Pies is they are made with local ingredients, including succulent slow-cooked Heritage breed beef, herb-fed free-range chicken and grass-fed Wagyu beef.
When Yorkshire Handmade Pies makes its tasty produce, it does so with its eyes on any potential environmental impact, choosing only to use ingredients that are farmed in harmony with the environment. One of the ways this has been made possible is through direct relationships with Yorkshire Dales farmers, which allows for authentic ‘farm to fork’ eating.
Another thing that differentiates the company’s products from others is unlike other pie manufacturers; their pies are frozen before baking, which allows the pastry to remain light and crumbly upon cooking. This, coupled with their meticulous choice of ingredients, helps explain why their pies have proven popular with the public and renowned food judges.
The company is hugely passionate about advocating flexitarianism, firmly believing that consuming better quality sustainable meat less regularly is better for the planet and the body than cheap supermarket meats. They were therefore delighted to have been awarded the Great Taste Awards for two of their plant-based vegan pies.
Founder James Sturdy said of the awards, “We are over the moon. So fantastic for the team to be recognised for all their hard work. Five awards are a seriously impressive haul – it’s hard to get any awards, so five is really good, especially the 3-star one.
“We’re so proud of our local area and of representing Yorkshire’s finest produce on an international stage. Great Taste is the most recognised accolade in the food and drink world. For independent producers like Yorkshire Handmade Pies, it really means a huge amount to be recognised.”
Yorkshire Handmade Pies are available from the website www.yorkshirehandmadepies.co.uk delivered frozen in boxes containing six pies, ready to cook and serve at home.
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