Gleddoch Family Butchers in Paisley has lifted the West of Scotland regional title in the Scottish Craft Butchers Awards 2019 – marking the tasty pastry out as one of the best in the business.
The company lifted a Gold Award for their family favourite in the biennial competition two years ago.
Now they have gone one better and secured the regional championship in the face of stiff competition.
Production worker Kris McKelvey, said: “Our steak pie is a great favourite. It’s a traditional recipe our pie-maker Robert Graham brought with him when he joined the company several years ago so we don’t know his secret – just that it works.”
And Kris is in no doubt that the regional title will boost sales of the popular pie.
Photo: Kris McKelvey of Gleddoch Family Butchers in Paisley with his award winning steak pies
Photo Credit: Graeme Hart
Kris added: “Word soon gets around that you have something special for sale – something recognised by your peers and the industry – and sales just take off,” he said.
“A traditional steak pie is standard New Year fare but it’s also a weekend favourite for our many loyal customers.”
Gleddoch Family Butchers also lifted a Gold Award in the evaluations for their Steak Pie with Links and a Silver Award for their Mince Round.
Gordon King, Executive Manager of Scottish Craft Butchers, confirmed Gleddoch’s Traditional Steak Pie as “outstanding”.
“We had nearly 100 traditional steak pies entered in the bi-ennial awards from all across Scotland,” he said. “That’s a lot of pies for the judges to taste but there was definitely something special about Gleddoch’s that marked it out for the 2019/20 West of Scotland regional title – that indefinable ‘something’ that makes it one of the best in Scotland.
“These awards show the exceptional standard of product being crafted by our local butchers and set the bar pretty high for others to follow,” added Gordon. “This year’s evaluation attracted a high number of entrants and competition for the top titles was very fierce.”
Other local butchers lifting awards in the Scottish Craft Butchers Awards 2019 include:
- Elderslie Butchers, Elderslie – Gold Awards for both their Mince Round and their Steak with Chanterelle Mushroom, Red Wine and Bone Marrow Gravy Pie
- John Marshall & Son, Johnstone – Gold Awards for both their Mince Round and their Traditional Steak Pie and a Silver Award for their Steak and Sausage Pie
- McDowall Butchers Ltd, Paisley – Silver Awards for both their Traditional Steak Pie and their Mince Round