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Keelham Farm Shop crowned Pork Pie champions

PUBLISHED: 17:09 18 November 2014 | UPDATED: 17:09 18 November 2014

Butcher manager Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton Lee Scott with Supreme Pork Pie Champion trophy

Butcher manager Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton Lee Scott with Supreme Pork Pie Champion trophy

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Keelham Farm Shop wins coveted pork pie title, as sausage crown falls to Hofmann’s Butchers in Wakefield

Supreme Champion Sausage winners H Hofmann and Sons, Wakefield Deborah Plane and Nigel Hofmann with their trophySupreme Champion Sausage winners H Hofmann and Sons, Wakefield Deborah Plane and Nigel Hofmann with their trophy

Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford, was crowned Supreme Pork Pie Champion at the UK’s biggest regional meat trades competition. Keelham took the coveted crown at the 26th annual Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition held in Bradford.

More than 40 different businesses submitted over 250 individual product entries. There were a number of successes for H Hofmann and Sons Butchers, from Wakefield, including the Supreme Champion Sausage. Robinson’s Farm Shop in Score Hill, Northowram, Halifax, took three first places, including a new open small pork pie class, along with becoming reserve supreme sausage champion. Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop in Netherton, Huddersfield was reserve supreme pork pie champion.

It was only the second time Keelham Farm Shop had entered the pork pie section of the competition and their recent acquisition of Amblers Bakery, also in Thornton, has clearly paid off. They clinched supreme championship honours with their first prize small pork pie.

Lee Scott, butcher manager at Keelham, said: ‘We took over Amblers about 18 months ago because it was going to close. It had been going since the late 1800s and had a great reputation. We’re still using their same recipe for our pork pies, although we’ve added a different jelly. We’re absolutely delighted to win these prizes. It’s the most important competition for us.’

Keelham clinched an awards windfall, also finishing as runner-up in the speciality sausage class, third in thick pork sausage class and being highly commended in both the black pudding and beef burger classes.

Keelham has been a real success story and is due to open its second shop in Skipton early next year. Lee added: ‘We already buy supreme prime cattle and lamb champions from Skipton Auction Mart, as we only want the best quality meat. One of our key brand values is to use Yorkshire products, so Skipton is perfect because it’s the nearest mart to us and it sells top quality livestock.’

Full list of winners:

Supreme Champion Pork Pie, the Ted Jones Trophy and product donation by William Jones Packaging: Keelham Farm Shop, Thornton, Bradford.

Reserve Supreme Champion Pork Pie, the Willis Hall Cup for Pork Pie Excellence: Hinchliffe Farm Shop, Netherton.

Supreme Champion Sausage, the Towers Thompson Trophy and product donation by WR Wright & Sons: H Hofmann and Sons, Wakefield.

Reserve Supreme Champion Sausage, the Devro Cup: Robinson’s Farm Shop, Score Hill, Halifax.

Thin Pork Sausage, the Oris Shield: 1 Robinson’s Farm Shop, Score Hill, Halifax. 2 H Hofmann and Sons, Wakefield. 3 Villa Farm Shop, Huddersfield.

Thick Pork Sausage, the Ripon Select Foods Shield: 1 H Hofmann and Sons, Wakefield. 2 F & J Walker, Halifax. 3 Keelham Farm Shop, Thornton.

Speciality Sausage, the Gordon Rhodes Shield: 1 H Hofmann and Sons, Wakefield. 2 Keelham Farm Shop, Thornton. 3 Villa Farm Shop, Huddersfield.

Black Pudding, the WR Wright & Sons Trophy: 1 B & M Collins & Sons, Cleckheaton. 2 Geo Middlemiss & Son, Otley. 3. Cannon Hall Farm Shop, Barnsley.

Large Pork Pie, the Norman Binks Cup: 1 Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop, Netherton. 2 H Hofmann and Sons, Wakefield. 3 P & I Hopkins, Bradford.

Small pork pie, the Interbake Shield: 1 Keelham Farm Shop, Thornton. 2 Cannon Hall Farm Shop, Barnsley. 3 P & I Hopkins, Bradford.

Speciality Pie, the John Spencer Memorial Trophy: 1 Robinson’s Farm Shop, Score Hill, Halifax. 2 B & M Collins & Sons, Cleckheaton. 3 Farmer Copleys, Purston, Pontefract.

Beef Burger, the WR Wright & Sons Shield: 1 Weegman’s, Otley. 2 Fodder, Harrogate. 3 Riverside Butchers, Stamford Bridge, York.

Open Small Pork Pie, the Dalziel Trophy: 1 Robinson’s Farm Shop, Score Hill, Halifax, 2 Farmer Copley, Purston, Pontefract, 3 Bentley’s of Pudsey.

New Kid on the Block, the McDonnell’s/Dick Knives Trophy: Fodder, Harrogate.

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