ON SATURDAY 13th MAY 2017 AT 2.30PM


Dear Master Pie Maker

On behalf of the Society we invite you to enter the famous 25th Annual Pork Pie contest.

The annual competition is an opportunity for pie makers and enthusiastic pork pie fanciers to get together in the famous Old Bridge Inn to enjoy the fine Yorkshire ale from Timothy Taylor’s Brewery, sample pie and peas, featuring fantastic fresh pies from all over the country.

Twelve finalists will be awarded a Certificate of Commendation and will be featured in the local and regional press. Trophies will be presented to the top THREE places.

To increase your chances of winning, you can have a maximum of 2 entries in the Traditional Pie competition and 2 entries in the Artisan/Speciality section, so why not try different recipes.

Don’t delay, take this opportunity to compete with the best on Saturday 13th May 2017, for the coveted prize of Champion Pork Pie Maker 2017.

Return your completed entry forms and fees to:

The Pork Pie Appreciation Society, c/o Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden,

Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX6 4DF

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Pie Club History

Butchers, bakers and pie makers from all over the country travelled to Ripponden for the ninth annual Charity Pork Pie Competition last Saturday.

Around 50 entries were received from all over Yorkshire, Lancashire and Lincolnshire, with a baker from Shropshire also making the journey north in search of the title.

But Huddersfield turned out to be the home of perfect pork pies as the top two slots were filled by a butcher and baker from the town.

John Bradley, of John Bradley Butchers, in Lindley scooped the top award at his fifth attempt to land the coveted award, with Kirkburton Bakery running him close for second.’ “I keep coming back,” said the triumphant winner. “I have been making pies for about eight years and I have been coming back here for about five.”

The judges were members of the Old Bridge Inn Pork Pie Appreciation Society and they were joined by Calendar TV personality Christa Ackroyd. They had to taste hundreds of pies in their search for the best recipe and the best cooked pie.

Society secretary Peter Charnley said the organisers were delighted with the quality of the entries and that around e500 would be raised for St. Bartholomew’s Church, Ripponden.

He also described exactly what the judges would be looking for as they tasted all of the entrants “The pastry should be crisp, there should be plenty of juicy pork which you should be able to recognise as pork together with just the right amount of jelly.

“Seasoning is obviously important too and all of the competitors will have their own special blend to provide maximum flavour,” he explained.

Freshness is also a factor in the top porker and that's why many of the entries were baked on the morning of the contest.Society president Kevin Booth said the competition had grown from being an informal gathering to an intense test of baking skill.

“It is the definitive competition,” he said. “It is the one which everyone who makes pork pies wants to win.”

Huddersfield’s own John Bradley Butchers carried off first prize, relieving Mytholmroyd’s Waites Bakery of the title, with Kirkburton Bakers taking second, White’s Bakery, of Barnsley, coming third and Heseltine’s Butchers, from Elland, grabbing the fourth spot.


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