Awards ...

With much pride and satisfaction, Leeson Family Butchers have over the last few years been awarded many accolades, awards and rosettes for our Melton Mowbray Pork Pies.

The best and most exciting award was gained at the 2009 Melton Mowbray Fat Stock Show. We not only won the highly sought after 1lb Hand Raised Pork Pie category. All of our Melton Mowbray Pork Pies are seasoned using a special blend of Salt, Pepper and traditionally baked without support in a crispy, rich pastry. We even produce a special Sweet Chilli & Stilton version that is absolutely to die for!

Leeson Family Butchers also produce a wide range of speciality sausages, combining wonderful flavours and textures which are: Lincolnshire, Rutland, Cambridge, Spring Onion & Worcester Sauce, Chipolata and last but not least our multi award winning Pork & Stilton.

The Stilton Sausage has won best speciality sausage 3 times at the previously mentioned, prestigious Melton Fat Stock Show. Our Rutland Sausages have also won again this year!

At the 2012 British Pie Awards, Lesson Family Butchers won Gold in the Savoury Pie section, for our Pork & Caramelised Onion Pie. The British Pie Awards have on average over 900 pies entered!

The following was part of the press release following the awards.

The Pies, submitted in 18 Classes, underwent a stringent judging process by 93 food experts and celebrity chefs led by Andrew Chisholm, The panel, which included top food critic Charles Campion and food writer Xanthe Clay, TV chefs Rachel Green and Phil Vickery, scored the Pies on a range of criteria including appearance, and texture and taste of both pastry and filling.

Stephen Leeson who received his award in the Savoury Pie category, commented: "We put a lot of hard work into making the best Pies possible and to be recognised at these highly prestigious awards amongst other excellent bakers is it such an honour! We are very excited we have received the prize and we hope this will encourage new customers to try our award-winning products."

Matthew O'Callaghan, Chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, added: "Pies are one of our nation's favourite traditional foods and we organise this event to celebrate the quality and heritage of these iconic products. This year’s event was a resounding success and yet again we were impressed with the high quality of the Pies entered by passionate Pie makers. Our Judges, who faced the difficult task of choosing the winning Pie out of 900 entries, did a superb job. It is fantastic to see that the value of these Awards is recognised not only by large Pie makers but also by small producers who submitted over 70% of entries."

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