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Who makes the best Pork pies?

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Who makes the best Pork pies?

Having just been down in Yorkshire for the w/e. I was in Ripon buying a pie at Appletons the pie makers there, and it got me to wondering who else makes GREAT pork pies? (Appleton's appeared in The Food Program on R4 last year when they were talking about Pork Pies etc)
They make them by hand the same way they have done since the shop opened and they are MUCH better than the mass produced pies you can buy in the supermarkets, sadly they are only available in the shop - a long way to go for a pie for me  Cry
So does anybody else have a local producer they like or even a mass produced one that tastes ok (the Morrisons lattice pork pie isn't bad but a poor second after this one)
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Re: Who makes the best Pork pies?

It always used to be Newboulds http://www.newboulds.co.uk/pork-pies.asp but that was 30 years ago when they were famous on Teesside
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Re: Who makes the best Pork pies?

There is only one (according to my late father), Dickinson & Morris: http://www.porkpie.co.uk/index.asp
(conveniently local to him for many years, don't ever eat them myself)
And for cheese, it has to be Stilton from Tuxford & Tebbutt: http://www.tuxfordandtebbutt.co.uk/
(other Stilton suppliers are available and ain't half bad either, I do eat Stilton!)
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Re: Who makes the best Pork pies?

My dad always swore by Curtis - who still drive round in vans to all the villages round Lincolnshire selling their foods. There's no experience quite like being sat outside a pub when the van pulls up and nipping over to get a pork pie to nibble on and some sausages for tea. Fine pork pies without a doubt.
http://www.curtisoflincoln.com/
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Re: Who makes the best Pork pies?

Quote from: Hairy
Having just been down in Yorkshire for the w/e.

I suspect that most people's favourite will be the one they were "raised" with.
While in Yorkshire I hope you found time to get some kippers: http://www.fortuneskippers.co.uk/
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I suspect that most people's favourite will be the one they were "raised" with.
While in Yorkshire I hope you found time to get some kippers: http://www.fortuneskippers.co.uk/

Well I was raised in these parts (Scottish Borders) & we don't have any pork pie makers - Steak pies are our thing  Wink
And I don't like kippers  Cheesy (or any smoked food for that matter)
We have eaten many pork pies round the country but I think they are the best I have tasted, large chunks of pork and nicely seasoned. (And a nice pink colour not the grey  Lips are sealed of supermarket ones)
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Re: Who makes the best Pork pies?

In Epping in Essex there is a family butcher, Churches, that make delicious pork pies.  Their sausage rolls are also excellent.  They have won awards for their baking.
My favourite part of a pork pie is the delicious crusty pastry. Smiley Smiley
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Re: Who makes the best Pork pies?

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[Snip] mass produced one that tastes ok

Sainsbury's Basics 4 pack pork pies are ok
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Re: Who makes the best Pork pies?

If you are ever is Skipton check this place out, top rating for Pork Pies !!
http://www.skiptonweb.co.uk/directory/comments.asp?id=954
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Re: Who makes the best Pork pies?

no body has mentioned Melton Mowbray, they have just got protected name status and are the home of HP's dad favourite
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Re: Who makes the best Pork pies?

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Melton Mowbray

Well the supreme superiority of the local pies & cheeses was assumed, needing no specific mention.  Grin
But then I am from that part of the world. Cool
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Re: Who makes the best Pork pies?

Don't know about Melton, Newboulds are OK, but honestly cannot beat SWMBO's pork pie, she uses shredded oak smoked Pork Fillet, adds a delicate smoked taste.
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Re: Who makes the best Pork pies?

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a nice pink colour not the grey  Lips are sealed of supermarket ones

Ah well that's where you're being "misled". Grey is good quality meat, pink is "cheap".  Wink
Info (accurate) from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork_pie
Common pie
The common pie uses cured meat. Often produced in moulds or form, it gives the outside of the pie a very regular shape and the inside filling a pink colour. It is easier, simpler and cheaper to produce in volume, and hence the more common choice for commercial manufacturers.

Melton Mowbray pork pie
The Melton Mowbray pork pie is named after a town in Leicestershire. Melton pies became popular among fox hunters in the area during the late nineteenth century. Only pies made within a designated zone around Melton, and using uncured pork, are allowed to carry the Melton Mowbray name on their packaging.
The uncured meat of a Melton pie is grey in colour when cooked; the meat is chopped, rather than minced.
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Re: Who makes the best Pork pies?

So the pork pies In Yorkshire are cheap just like their broadband Wink
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Re: Who makes the best Pork pies?

@Steve M Didn't say they were cheap  Wink They sell them by weight not by size. And at £12/kg they cost more than the cheap ones but taste is a different matter.
@HP Sauce Well I prefer unminced pork in my pork pie, the grey mush in a supermarket one just doesn't taste right. Bit like the grey meat in a "scotch pie" they are a bit yuck! It isn't just pink in colour you can see LUMPS of meat not just a mush of minced pork. Wish I had taken a pic of it but it got eaten very quickly  Cheesy
@gleneagles always meant to try the pies there, there are quite a few pie shops in Skipton (or at least there was last time I was there (a couple of years ago now)