British Pie Awards 2024 in Melton Mowbray

The British Pie Awards 2024, held in Melton Mowbray, has once again showcased the exceptional talent and culinary innovation that thrives within the UK’s baking and cooking industry. As a cornerstone event that highlights the rich heritage and diverse flavours of British pies, this year’s competition was nothing short of spectacular. BE Event Furniture Hire provided essential support in the form of event furniture, ensuring the event proceeded seamlessly.

The awards ceremony, a pivotal moment for pie aficionados and professionals alike, drew attention to the significance of the pie in British culture. From traditional recipes to modern twists, the competition highlighted the creativity and craftsmanship of bakers and chefs nationwide. With 147 food experts participating in the judging process, the awards were a testament to the quality and variety of pies available in the UK, showcasing the nation’s love for this culinary staple.

This year, the spotlight shone brightly on Middleton-in-Teesdale Fish and Chip Shop in Barnard Castle, County Durham, which took home the prestigious title of Supreme Champion. Their minted Wensleydale lamb and potato pie stood out amongst 35 innovative entries, earning the accolade of ‘pie of pies’ for its exceptional pastry and perfectly balanced filling.

British Pie Awards 2024 in Melton Mowbray - BE Event Furniture Hire

The competition was fierce across 24 categories, with awards celebrating everything from the best vegan pies to the most innovative fusion creations. The winners in each category were as follows:

Supreme Champion ‘Pie of Pies’:
Minted Wensleydale Lamb & Potato by Middleton-In-Teesdale Fish & Chip Shop, Barnard Castle, Durham

Best Melton Mowbray Pork Pie:
Tesco Melton Mowbray Pork Pie by Samworths Savoury Pastry, Leicester

There are also many more distinguished awards across various categories, celebrating the best in each class, from savoury to sweet and traditional to innovative.

The British Pie Awards have been a fixture in the culinary calendar since 2009, held in Melton Mowbray, often referred to as the Rural Capital of Food. The event not only celebrates the humble pie but also serves to protect and promote regional specialities, recognise the craft of the nation’s bakers and butchers, and support British produce.

At the heart of the awards is a simple yet profound definition: a pie is a filling wholly encased in pastry and baked. This broad definition encompasses a vast array of pie types, each with its unique characteristics and flavours, from the hearty and warming savoury pies to the sweet and comforting dessert pies.

The awards aim to celebrate the heritage of the British pie, a culinary icon that represents comfort, tradition, and innovation all at once. With over £1 billion spent annually on pies in the UK, this event is a significant marker of the pie’s enduring popularity and cultural significance.

Event furniture hire was supplied by BE, from trestle tables, table linen to cutlery and crockery for all those delicious pies.



As we reflect on the 2024 awards, it’s clear that the British pie continues to hold a special place in the hearts and plates of the nation. With each passing year, the British Pie Awards not only celebrate the current achievements within the industry but also inspire innovation and excellence for the future. Here’s to many more years of celebrating this cherished staple of British cuisine.


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