Best vegan pie in Britain award for Midhurst bakery at national competition

Midhurst is officially home to the best vegan pie in Britain after an artisan bakery was named as the class winner at the British Pie Awards.

Friday, 13th March 2020, 9:58 am
Updated Friday, 13th March 2020, 11:31 am

Mud Foods, based in Wedglen Park, won the vegan pie category at the awards with its squash, spinach and vegan feta pie, beating off competition from Ginsters and Chunk of Devon to claim the top spot.

Christian Barrington, Mud’s founder and chief pie maker, said: “I am very proud of my team. We are all delighted to be recognised at a national level for our taste – in fact, I think this makes it official for us to claim ‘Mud is delicious’!”

Mud’s chip shop chicken curry pie was also highly commended in the fish and chip shop pie category at the awards.

The squash, spinach and vegan feta pie by Midhurst's Mud Foods was named class champion at the 12th annual British Pie Awards at St Mary's Church in Melton Mowbray

Christian said: “Respecting the land is the start of all we do. Ask any farmer and they will tell you that great taste starts with good mud.

“We use local suppliers, sourcing our meat from Goodwood, and we leave our pastry to relax overnight in the old-fashioned way.”

Mud employs just eight craft pie-makers, yet this is the third time in four years it has won class champion – its squash, spinach and feta pie was the 2018 vegetarian pie champion while its game pie won the speciality meat pie award in 2016.

The British Pie Awards, held at St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray last Friday (March 6), saw 140 experts judge 848 pies made by 160 professional bakers, butchers and chefs from around the country based on their appearance, taste and skill.

Mud Foods founder Christian Barrington (centre) and operations manager Mike Willis (left) with the vegan pie class winner trophy at the 12th annual British Pie Awards at St Mary's Church in Melton Mowbray on March 6. Picture: Martin Elliot

A top rump steak and stilton pie, made by Bognor Regis bakery Turner’s Pies, was named supreme champion at the awards.

To see the full list of winners visit www.britishpieawards.co.uk

The squash, spinach and vegan feta pie by Midhurst's Mud Foods was named class champion at the 12th annual British Pie Awards at St Mary's Church in Melton Mowbray on March 6
The chip shop chicken curry pie by Mud Foods was also highly commended in the fish and chip shop pie category at the awards