WHEN IT comes to making popular pies Bradley’s Bakery like to consider themselves upper crust.
But having entered the annual British Pie Awards in Melton Mowbray, the Tameside based firm feared they had bitten off more than they could chew.
They were up against more than 150 fellow bakers as well as butchers including some of the biggest players in the retail food industry.
So would Bradley’s pies among 900 entries pass the taste test? While they didn’t quite win best in show, the Hurst Cross business still took a sizeable piece of the prizes.
Their potato and meat pie was awarded a silver medal while they also won three bronze medals, including third place for a Steak and Cowheel combination as a regional speciality.
There was bronze also in the vegetarian category for a cheese and onion offering and a further third spot for their savoury offering of pork and chutney hot scotch bonnet pie.
“Of course, we would have liked to win gold,” said Gillian Bradley. “But when you look at the competition we were up against then we could easily have come away with nothing.
“It’s the first time we have entered this competition for a few years so it was nice to be recognised like we were.”
Bradley’s, based at Hurst Cross and in business for 57 years, rarely rest on their laurels. They have introduced a loyalty card so customers buying 10 small pies get the next one free.
And their latest pie of the month offering (April) is a Burger pie complete with Monterrey Jack cheese and sweet chilli sauce.
To find out more about the British Pie Awards go online to: www.britishpieawards.co.uk