AHDB BEEF & LAMB TRADE MARKETING

Finalists revealed in search for England’s Best Steak Pie

Press release   •   Mar 12, 2015 09:40 GMT

Excitement is now building in the run up to the announcement of the winner of ‘England’s Best Steak Pie 2015’ competition, as the six finalists are revealed.

Launched in 2011, EBLEX’s England’s Best Steak Pie competition runs on alternate years with England’s Best Burger Challenge, making 2015 the third time the organisation has conducted its search for the best steak pie in England.

This year, England’s Best Steak pie joins two new competitions, ‘England’s Best Sirloin Steak’ and ‘England’s Best Innovative Steak’ to make up the newly launched Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards 2015. All three competitions are designed to recognise steak products that deliver excellent eating qualities and the highest levels of customer satisfaction both in and out of the home.

A winner will be announced in each of the two categories for entry – Retail and Foodservice – and one of the category winners will be announced as the ‘Overall Winner’ at a special awards ceremony taking place in April.

The six finalists are:

Retail Category Finalists:

  • Drewtons in Yorkshire, with its ‘Steak and Caramelised Onion’ pie
  • M Newitt & Sons Ltd in Oxfordshire, with a ‘Traditional Steak Pie’
  • Measures Butchers from Cambridgeshire, with its ‘Beef & Bombardier’ pie

Foodservice Category Finalists:

  • Dunkleys, in Northamptonshire, with its ‘Beef and Merlot Pie’
  • Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd in Derbyshire, with a ‘12-inch Steak & Stilton’ pie
  • Proper Pies Ltd, in Worcestershire, with its ‘Stout and Black Treacle Marinated Beef Brisket & Guinness Cottage Pie’

EBLEX foodservice project manager, Hugh Judd, said: “We received a fantastic variety of quality steak pie entries this year and the judges had a tough job to whittle them down to the final few. In the end, 14 entries achieved Gold Awards and the highest scoring of those were chosen as the finalists. All six are thoroughly deserving of a place in the final.”

The category winners and Overall Winner in all three Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards competitions will be announced at a prestigious Awards ceremony taking place at the Underglobe in London on 22 April 2015.

Hugh added: “Excitement is really starting to build now as we approach the very first Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards. It will be an evening to remember as we showcase some of the finest quality beef and lamb products available across the country and recognise and reward those businesses that are striving to produce the very best!”

ENDS

Notes to editors

Introduced in 2015, the EBLEX Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards recognise and reward quality, innovation and excellence in beef and lamb production. It comprises three competitions, which assess different aspects of quality steak production, including ‘England’s Best Steak Pie 2015’, ‘England’s Best Sirloin Steak 2015’ and ‘England’s Best Innovative Steak 2015’.

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EBLEX is the organisation for beef and lamb levy payers in England and is a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

It exists to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the English beef and lamb sector. Its aims are:

  • To help the beef and sheep meat supply chain become more efficient
  • To add value to the beef and sheep meat industry.  

The EBLEX Trade Marketing team supports businesses throughout the retail and foodservice supply chains for beef and lamb. From abattoirs and processors to wholesalers, independent and multiple retailers and foodservice operators, we work with businesses to improve their operational effectiveness and assist with beef and lamb product development, marketing and promotion. Visit our website. Twitter. Facebook.