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Melton Pie Producer scoops prestigious award at British Pie Awards

A pie maker from Melton has been crowned Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards which was held this week.

Brockleby's Pies based as Asfordby Hill were given the award during the prize ceremony on Friday evening at St. Mary's Church in the town.

Their 'Moo & Blue' pie won the Supreme Champion award and was crowned the 'pie of pies' fighting off competition from 908 other pies from producers across the UK.

Using locally sourced beef the 'Moo & Blue' pie is a Steak and ale, with Stilton cheese melted through the sauce.

Brockley's Managing Director Ian Jalland stands proudly with the winning pie and accompanying trophies.

Brockleby's Managing Director Ian Jalland told NEMM: "Winning supreme Champion at the British Pie awards really doesn't get any better as a pie maker! To be honest, its I feel overwhelmed at the moment and it hasn't yet sunk in. I guess that's understandable when it's the one that had evaded you until now!"

Ian was kept both during and after the awards appearing on ITV1's This Morning with Phil Vickery on Friday morning before heading to Salford to appear on national BBC Breakfast on Saturday morning.

Some of the Brockleby's team who are behind the winning pie. Photo: Brockleby's.

Organiser of the awards Matthew O'Callaghan said: "We had one of our best awards ever. 908 pies entered with 150 judges judging 23 classes. Local piemaker Brockleby's was a worthy winner making pies for some 20 years now."

Judging of the pies took place at St. Mary's Chuch on Wednesday with judges ranging from local food and drink producers to members of food press and buyers from retailers including Saisbury's and Tesco.

Ahead of this year’s winner being unveiled, baking began on Wednesday in the Rural Capital Of Food as 908 bakers from pubs, restaurants and other establishments served up fillings ranging from Marmite-and-cheese, kebab and lasagne.

Phil Vickery live from St. Mary's Church on Friday. Photo: ITV/This Morning.

Ian added: "Blackberry Farm in Clipston-on-the-Wolds is one of the local farms that supplies us with traditionally reared beef, which we casserole in ale from the Grainstore Brewery in Oakham with a generous helping of Stilton from Long Clawson Dairy. Encased in a rich shortcrust butter pastry, and glazed with free range eggs from Sherwood Farm in Hickling."

Pies are judged by specialist judges in St. Mary's Church. Photo: NEMM

The Jalland family have been farming in and around Melton Mowbray for over 500 years, and in 2003, cattle farmer Ian Jalland founded Brockleby’s. Originally a farm shop in Asfordby Hill, Melton Mowbray, Ian’s aim was to serve the community with high-quality local produce, from his own farm and those of other local farmers.

Brockleby's have won over 30 awards at the prestigious awards but now have been crowned the Pie of Pies.

Brockleby's are regulars at local farmers markets and events. Photo: Tim WIlliams.

You can get your hands on your own award winning pie via the Brockleby's website by clicking here.

ITV Presenter Phil Vickery is appearing at the Rutland Food & Drink Festival next month, for more information click here to read our story.

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