A steak and ale pie made by a Nottingham chippy has won best in class at the British Pie Awards.
The Steak and ‘Scale’ Ale Pie by The Cod’s Scallops, which has shops in Carrington, Wollaton and Long Eaton, took the top award in this year’s specialist Fish & Chip Shop Pie category. It was one of 900 pies put forward by 176 producers in to the annual awards, held in Melton Mowbray, and the first time in the event's 11 year history that a fish and chip shop has won.
Steak and Scale Pie is one of the chip shop’s best selling pies since it replaced bought in versions in November. It is made fresh using shortcrust pastry, braised steak and 'Scale Ale’, a pale ale brewed specifically for the chippy by local company Shipstone’s.
The Cod's Scallops owner John Molnar comments: "It's a fantastic pie, the shortcrust pastry is made with loads of butter and a bit of lard to give it a meatier taste, we then braise the beef right down just as you would at home and add plenty of Scale Ale. We make them in bulk, freeze them and then bake three or four at a time.
"Offering a homemade pie really complements what we do. We offer three different varieties but the Scale Ale is definitely our most popular."
Fish and chip shops have always been able to enter the British Pie Awards, however, this year the themed class, which changes each year, was dedicated to this sector.
Commenting on the prestigious win, Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the British Pie Awards, said: “Congratulations to The Cod's Scallops, our first fish and chip shop winner in the British Pie Awards. Their Steak and Scale Ale Pie really wowed the judges. Hopefully this award will encourage more fish and chip shops to develop their own range of pies not only to enter the awards but be known locally for the quality of their pies as well as their fish and chips.”
The chippy also won silver in the vegan category for its butternut squash, chickpea, kale and red pepper balti pie.
The title of overall Supreme Champion Pie went to a curried sweet potato and butternut squash vegan pie by Somerset butcher Jon Thorners. It was the first time a vegan pie has won at the awards.
The annual event marks the end of British Pie Week (4th – 8th March 2019) each year.
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