The best STEAK PIE in England is made in Northamptonshire

Dunkleys in Wellingborough has won an award for its steak pie
Dunkleys in Wellingborough has won an award for its steak pie

A Northamptonshire firm has claimed the crown of making the best steak pie in England.

Pie manufacturer Dunkleys based in Wellingborough has picked up the title in the EBLEX England’s Best Steak Pie competition for its beef and Merlot pie.

We are truly delighted to win what is an incredibly tough competition

Bob Durkin

The company, one of the oldest family-owned pie making businesses, was one of six finalists in the competition, which was held as part of the EBLEX Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards 2015.

Alongside England’s best sirloin steak and England’s best steak pie, the awards recognise steak products that deliver excellent eating qualities and the highest levels of customer satisfaction.

Hundreds of steak pies entered into the competition’s two categories – retail and foodservice – were whittled down after a tense judging process to leave just three battling it out in each group, with the winners announced at a special awards ceremony in London on April 22.

Dunkleys was crowned foodservice category winner before being named as overall champion and purveyors of England’s best steak pie.

The beef and Merlot pie is manufactured for Whitbread and sold throughout a selection of their restaurants in the UK.

Bob Durkin, pie and pudding ambassador from Dunkleys, said: “We are truly delighted to win what is an incredibly tough competition.

“All of our pies are specially crafted using recipes that have been handed down through the generations.

“We work closely with many pubs and restaurants to create pies that we know customers will enjoy and the beef and Merlot pie is no different.

“We use slow-cooked blade of beef to ensure the meat is incredibly tender and tasty, combined with rich gravy with red wine, before each pie is individually tin-baked and hand finished.

“Since it first appeared on menus a year ago the pie has become one of the best sellers, and now we can officially claim it is England’s best steak pie.”

Competition organiser and foodservice project manager for EBLEX, Hugh Judd, said: “Steak pie is one of the nation’s favourite dishes and that is why our Steak Pie competition is one of the most hotly contested, with an impressive array of entries from top-notch pie makers across the country.

“The quality of ingredients coupled with the balance of flavours and overall eating enjoyment from Dunkley’s pie put them in the top spot – and they should be proud of their achievement.”