Poole’s make pie taste test final

Pooles ' serving the highest quality pies for 165 years
Pooles ' serving the highest quality pies for 165 years

WIGAN’S classic favourite dish has made the final in the quest for the ultimate northern pie, voted for by members of the public.

Ever since Wigan company Poole’s Pies launched it’s Cock o’ The North competition to find the region’s best fillings, members of the public have been sending in their suggestions.

A baker’s dozen of pies representing the tastes and flavours of the towns and cities of the North of England are to go head-to-head for the first time in a bid to discover which delicacy will be declared the winner.

The classic meat and potato filling has been named as the people’s choice in Wigan and will compete with a fish special from Hull, a Scouse delight from Liverpool, a full monty (sausage, bacon and egg) from Sheffield, black pudding pie from Bury, a beef and Yorkshire Pudding from Leeds, and a posh pie from York comprising steak with chantel mushrooms in burgundy sauce and a hint of dark chocolate

Neil Court-Johnston, managing director of Poole’s Pies, said: “It all started when we had a bit of a ‘war of the roses’ moment about which county produced the best pies.

“Of course, we came to the conclusion that the north is so diverse and every region has particular tastes and foods that are an important aspect of their identity.

“We decided to invite people from the Humber to the Mersey, from The Peak District to the Borders, to give people a chance to nominate a pie that reflects their region and then pit the most popular against each other.

“It has proved so popular and the people of the north have come up with some real belters.”

The campaign, which sees the Pooles team up with leading northern chef, John Benson-Smith, will present the shortlist to a panel of pie specialists, food journalists and invited guests.

The public will then have an opportunity to vote for their favourites before the winner is released as the limited edition.

To vote, pie fans need to log onto Facebook at www.facebook.com/poolespies, nominating their favourite filling and voting on the selected shortlist.

The ultimate Cock o’ the North Pie will be announced on November 27.

Each vote counts as an entry into the prize draw and the winner will receive a year’s supply of the chosen pie.