A HUDDERSFIELD farm shop is now arguably Yorkshire’s best butchers.
Bolster Moor Farm Shop at Bolster Moor has won a double best in show for its pies and sausages.
The shop won awards for all but one of the 11 products it entered at the Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage and Products Competition at Bradford Cedar Court Hotel on Sunday.
The family business, which started in 1996, was also crowned best in show for pies and sausages with its large pork pie and thick pork sausage.
Bolster Moor, which has been raking in show awards since 1999, won ‘Reserve Supreme Champion’ for its standard pork pie.
The shop was runner-up in both the thin pork and speciality sausage classes and third in the speciality cold eating pie class.
Bolster Moor won first prizes in all four pie categories at the Butchers’ Fair Autumn in Harrogate, last month. The event is regarded as the butchers’ ‘Oscars’.
Former Eastenders and Extras TV star Shaun Williamson described Bolster Moor Farm Shop founder Simon Haigh as the “Meryl Streep of the pie world” at the Harrogate fair.
Mr Haigh said: “In the 24 years that the Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage and Products Competition has run I don’t know if anyone has won both best pie and sausage ... so we’re quite possibly the best in Yorkshire.
“But we don’t get complacent. We put a lot of hard work into this. It’s a team effort. We all got up at 3am to bake before the competition and make sure everything was perfect.
“We use the same stuff in the pies and sausages we sell in the shop as we do in the competitions.
“We stand for quality that’s all home-produced.”
Also flying the Huddersfield flag was Thorncliffe Farm Shop in Westfield Lane, Emley Moor which won a ‘New Kid on the Black’ trophy for the best newcomer to the competition with its first prize speciality cold eating pie, made of hand-raised pork and black pudding.
Established in 1999 by Rosemary Craddock, Thorncliffe’s pork comes from Gloucester Old Spot and Large White pigs raised on the family farm in Emley by Rosemary’s parents Gerald and Ann Parker.
Also representing Huddersfield was Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop in Netherton, which won third prize for its traditional pork pie.