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09 Nov

GAME PIE WINS TASTE AWARD

We’ve been rubbing shoulders with the great and the good of the region’s top food and drink producers this week and our handcrafted game pie has cut through the competition to win a coveted Taste Award.

Our game and poultry pie triumphed in the ‘Best Ready to Eat’ category at this year’s Taste Awards, run in association with Deliciouslyorkshire and the Yorkshire Post,

Celebrating the finest local food and drink in the region, the Awards, sponsored by ASDA, attracted more than 340 product entries across 24 categories from 70 Yorkshire businesses.

The winners were announced at a black tie dinner attended by 300 guests at the Pavilions of Harrogate on Wed 2 November and hosted by BBC Radio 2’s food critic Nigel Barden and Yorkshire Food Finder’s Sue Nelson.

Judged over 4 days on appearance, taste and texture by an expert panel of foodies, chefs, journalists, category buyers, retailers, producers and food bloggers, our game pie was applauded for its good distribution of jelly and nice contrast in meat and colours; its homemade, artisan appeal; it’s well packed meat and complementary sweet jelly. Great crunch and bite to the pastry, real comfort food – a pie that Yorkshire should be proud of!

Our Queen’s Pie, created to commemorate HM The Queen’s 90th birthday, was also shortlisted in the category.

Matthew Topping, sales director, The Topping Pie Company said: “We are delighted to pick up another award for our game pie, which is no stranger to accolades having been awarded many Great Taste Awards over the years.

“We are very proud of this pie and to be judged among such strong competition across the region is testament to its taste and consistent premium quality. Yorkshire really is the food and drink capital of the UK and we value the support of Deliciouslyorkshire to champion the region’s best products,” continued Matthew.

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29 Sep

PIES DONATED TO COMMUNITY FOODBANK

We are delighted to donate 1400 pies and quiche to the Thorne & Moorends Community hub, an independent food bank that offers food and support to those in need in our local community.

A range of our products from Huntsman, Yorkshire Farmers and Hoop pork pies to two varieties of handcrafted quiche have been given to vulnerable people and those in need as part of our programme of community involvement and charitable support.

The foodbank was established in 2014 by retired local Thorne couple Glenys and Michael Hennessey and a group of likeminded friends with £250 and food from their own cupboards. It relies on donations from the community and local businesses to continue to serve the community’s needs. The hub became a registered charity in August 2015.

Glenys, 68, a retired HM Prison operational support officer and husband Michael, 70, a retired business owner, recognised the area was suffering from food poverty, the results of zero hour contracts, austerity measures and many vulnerable people who needed help.

Open every Wednesday at the Rugby Clubhouse, Thorne from 9am-12 noon and at the satellite foodbank at Moorends Children’s Centre between 9.30am-10.30am, the community hub is operated by a team of 10 volunteers and serves around 28 clients daily with food parcels of tinned food, fresh fruit and veg, chickens and bread.

Glenys Hennessey said: “We cannot thank The Topping Pie Company enough for their generous food donation. These delicious pies and quiche will feed those in need for around 3 weeks and are particularly suited to single people with no cooking facilities.

“We will also use the products for our ‘Caring in Doncaster’ initiative, which feeds the homeless on Doncaster market place. They will also supplement the Old Age Pensioner Centre in Thorne as it’s difficult for them to visit the foodbank,” continued Glenys

Roger Topping, managing director, The Topping Pie Company said “As a Doncaster business, we are delighted to put back into our local area and support such a worthy and vital community initiative. We cannot praise Glenys and Michael enough for the hard work they inject into the scheme, alongside a dedicated team of volunteers.

Anyone wishing to donate food to the community hub should contact Glenys or Michael Hennessey on 01405 948492/07946 179511 or visit the foodbank website for more information on how you can offer support www.thornemoorendsfoodbankgroup.co.uk.

 

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27 Apr

Our ‘Piecycles’ play starring role in Tour de Yorkshire

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We are proud to be among some of Yorkshire’s finest food and drink producers showcased to the world’s media during the Tour de Yorkshire today at Conisbrough Castle, where we unveiled our special ‘Piecycles’

Journalists from across the world will descend on Yorkshire for the international cycle race, which begins in Beverley on Friday 29th April with the finale in Scarborough on Sunday 1st May.

Media centres will be in place at all the finishes in Settle, Doncaster and Scarborough where journalists can keep up with all the racing action, file copy and feast on delicacies from some of Yorkshire’s best loved food and drink companies.

To celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire riding into the region we have provided special ‘Pie-cycles’ to the Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster.

The 450g handcrafted pork pies are made to our family-recipe and sandwich delicious chicken breast with diced dried apricots and cranberry in layers of British Red Tractor pork meat baked in rich hot water crust pastry and finished off with a bicycle design top.

Our showpiece Pie-cycle handcrafted by Roger Topping will also be on display at the media centre in Doncaster.

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Roger Topping said:

“It’s fantastic news that the Tour is coming into town and we are delighted to get behind the iconic bike race with our special cycle-themed pork pies.  The region boasts an array of award winning local food producers so visiting media will get to feed on a real Yorkshire feast.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said:

“It is well known that Yorkshire is home to some of the finest food and drink producers in the country, and many of these will be showcased at the media centres during the Tour de Yorkshire.

“I am sure the journalists coming from far and wide to cover the race will be extremely impressed with the spread laid on for them.

“I would like to thank all companies who have contributed for their generosity and help in making the Tour de Yorkshire a success.”

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21 Apr

POSH PIE TO COMMEMORATE THE QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY

THE Queen’s 90th birthday will be marked with pomp, pageantry and…. a posh pie from Toppings!

Roger Topping has baked a special ‘Queen’s Pie’ for Her Majesty The Queen and personally delivered it to the Royal Chef at Windsor Castle ahead of the monarch’s actual birthday (21 April).

Developed from an original recipe by Maggie who took inspiration from Victorian pies, the 2.2kg Queen’s Pie is a delicious 3-layer combination of pork meat and game.

Maggie’s recipe teams British Red Tractor pork meat with a double layer of duck breast and guinea fowl breast marinated in mandarin orange segments, juice and orange curd and a layer of mandarin orange, Cointreau and orange juice stuffing, topped off with mandarin orange segments.

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Roger Topping commented :

“We decided to celebrate our monarch’s special birthday by baking a pie to an original recipe created by my wife, Maggie. We were delighted to be given permission to deliver it to The Queen’s Chef for her to enjoy.”

We’re no strangers to Royal attention, when three generations of our family welcomed The Princess Royal to the new bakery in 2008 during a tour of Doncaster. As part of her visit, The Princess Royal tasted our award winning pies and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

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HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Mr Andrew Coombe said:

“I know that the Princess Royal very much enjoyed visiting Toppings pies and it pleases me greatly that the company has carried on its proud association by producing the commemorative offering. It is a touching gesture that has been graciously received by Her Majesty’s chef.”

Limited Edition versions of the Queen’s Pie will go on sale for the general public at the Topping Pie outlets in Doncaster market and the Frenchgate Shopping Centre, as well as at Selfridges, Oxford Street and Fenwicks Food Hall in Newcastle.

The Queen marks her milestone birthday after becoming Britain’s longest serving monarch, surpassing her great great grandmother Queen Victoria last year.

Events to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday include The Patron’s Lunch, a mass street party held on The Mall for 10,000 guests on Sunday 12 June 2016.

10 Jul

Double Toppings

We’ve stepped up to the oche at this year’s Pro Darts super showdown in Doncaster to supply a range of our award-winning handcrafted pies for the event.
Darts fans and pros alike will tuck into our top tasting pies on Saturday 25 April at Wilby Carr Community Centre, Cantley, Doncaster.
The event at the 250 capacity venue promises to be game on with music, walk ons, big screens and big scoring.
We will get a slice of the action as product sponsor and will support the local event by donating a selection of our pies, all made to family inspired recipes using top quality meat and locally sourced dartstoppingsingredients.
We’ll be rubbing shoulders with darts professionals, including PDC and BDO World champion and local legend Dennis ‘The Menace’ Priestley, Tony ‘the Silverback’ O’Shea and former BDO champion Steve ‘the Bronzed Adonis’ Beaton, who will battle it out for Super Showdown bragging rights. Tickets to the event start from £12.50 www.t20events.co.uk.
Daniel Ryan, events co-ordinator, Treble Twenty Events said: “We are delighted to have The Topping Pie Company on board. I’m a huge fan of their high quality pies and the fact that they are a Doncaster business backing a local event in their community is great news. I’m sure our fans will think they’ve hit the bullseye when they try the pies.”

11 Dec

Our pies are sailing the Seven Seas

Our handcrafted Yorkshire pies are now being enjoyed by passengers on some of the UK’s premier cruise liners.
We’ve forged a partnership with Cavendish Ships Stores Ltd, the UK’s premier ships stores suppliers, to supply our tasty pies on world leading cruise ships. Passengers and crew members can now tuck into our traditional hot eating and cold cutting pies.

Our multi award winning Speciality pork pies such as the Yorkshire Farmer’s pork pie, a layer of chicken and ham marinated in whole grain honey mustard with a pork base and our Regal Game and Poultry pork pie, with rich favours of sweet and savoury are among the products offered.
A selection of our hot eating pie range, including prime steak and pigs kidney pie, cracked black pepper chicken with portobello mushroom; Wiltshire ham pie and more are also sailing into ships stores.

Cliff Gregory, sales and marketing manager, Cavendish Ships Stores Ltd said: “We source fine quality items for the UK Cruise Market and always look for distinct, quality products that stand out in both taste and appeal. We are delighted that the award winning range from Toppings is in our portfolio.”

Pie man and our sales director, Matthew Topping commented “Food, of course, is a crucial part of the cruise experience. Millions of people who travel on cruises every year expect memorable meals and top quality food – we are excited to be working with Cavendish to serve up our premier pies to voyagers and to secure a slice of the high-end cruise market.”