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Winners British Pie Awards 2017

Taste of Game again sponsored the newly named Speciality Meat and Game Pie section of the British Pie Awards this year. We are delighted to announce that The Pie Life from Tean in Staffordshire were the class winners with their Mixed Game Pie with a suet and thyme crust.

They also won 8 other awards with other luxury pies, a great result as these were the first awards they had ever entered.

The Pie Life makes 8,000 pies a week under the eagle eye of Chef Matthew Walton, previous from two rosette Crewe Hall. Working with owners Tom and Egle (with a dot over the e) Leese they developed the pie from a mixed game suet pudding they were selling into a pub chain in the winter months.  

Tom and Egle started the bakery on his father’s 260 acre arable farm 10 years ago, after having a keen interest in pastry and have been steadily investing in the business ever since. They now employ eight people.

Tom said ‘Game has been very popular for us and we are now developing sausage rolls, starting with wild boar and venison. We are 100% behind game, it has been good for the company especially with the awards we have won. Game will continue to be a big part of our future’.

The pies are all about quality and are marketed as luxury indulgent pies, other game pies produced are venison, bacon and mushroom, wild boar, parsnip and cider and pheasant, smoked bacon and leek. They can all be purchased at Farmers markets in the area. They are also now producing gluten free pies.

Coming third in the class was Stanbury’s Wild Meat Pies with their Wild Rabbit and Prune pie. The family have been game dealers on the edge of Dartmoor since 1983 and source their game from Devon. Nel and Brian Stanbury started developing the pies through public demand after supplying shoot lunches.

They have created six delicious recipes using quality game including Venison and Mushroom, Pheasant and Cider, Venison mince and Ale, Wild Rabbit and Squirrel and a Mix Game pie. You can buy their pies on online at or at Devon Farmers Markets and Food Festivals.

Stanbury’s Wild Meat Pies also picked up a further three awards for their pies. Nel said’ We hand make our pies with the richest, tastiest ingredients all sourced from rural Devon. All our meat is wild and truly traceable. I have created pies that I am happy for my young boys to eat, and they do. I know exactly what is in them, no rubbish, no additives, no preservatives and no artificial flavourings’

Winners 2016

TFinal Beeaste of Game as sponsors of the Speciality Meat Pie section of the British Pie Awards were delighted that Mud Foods from Midhurst in Sussex were the class winners with their Game Pie.

Mud Foods is owned by Christian Barrington and his wife Toni and is quite a small concern delivering pies to pub and hotels as well as the general public at local markets. Details about Mud Foods and their pies can be found here

Starting in a small unit in Chichester they moved to Midhurst about  5 years ago and now produce over 5,000 pies a week.


IMG_5425In Highly commended position was Plenty Pastry from Nailsworth in Gloucester with their venison pie. Plenty Pies is owned byMarc and Kate Birch details of their pies can be found here They have developed over 150 pie recipes

The other Highly Commended by went to Mad about pies from Longhope in Gloucestershire with their Game pie. Crafted in their 17th Century country inn and also manufactured in their Pie Factory in the Forest of Dean they can be also sampled at the Award Winning Farmers Boy Inn. More details of Mad about pies here.

The overall class was a huge success with over 50 entries from crocodile to black pudding and goat.

British Pie Awards winnersOther winners were celebrated and four pies were awarded gold which included Nice Pie from Leicestershire with their delicious rabbit and Madeira pie, find out more here and The Bell Hotel Winslow with their Venison pie. Find their website here.

Annette Cole Taste of Game Manager ‘We were delighted to see the number of game pie entered and to see a game pie win. Adding value to game is something we are encouraging as it gives people more choice when eating game. We will be asking everyone to enter their speciality meat pies next year as all pies have a chance of winning and the publicity is great for the business and for game’

A total of 16 pies won Silver awards including game pies, wild duck, wild boar, crocodile, venison and goat and 15 won bronze awards

Details of the winner can be downloaded here. Find a great pie in your area.

The British Pie Awards Full Winners List 2016

If you are a manufacturer of pies we would strongly encourage you to enter the British Pie Awards, it is a great showcase for your business. Details can be found at