BRITISH PIE WEEK: Pie sales are still healthy across Lancashire

If you are passionate about pies, then you have real reason to get excited this week.

Tuesday, 3rd March 2015, 6:58 am
Oven fresh: Baker Richard Gallery at Halls Bakery, Chorley

For it’s British Pie Week between March 2 and 8 - when the country celebrates one of its favourite foods.

With new research revealing that 75 per cent of people enjoy a pie at least once a month, British Pie Week has been growing every year with pie-eaters everywhere seeking their ultimate pie perfection.

Paul Bowen, sales director of Bowen’s of Adlington, near Chorley, said: “We currently sell across the region between 12,000 to 14,000 pies a week, in the Chorley, Bolton Preston area. Popular are meat and potato, the gold-award-winning chunky steak and the gold-award-winning pork pies.

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“We’re always looking at growing. We’re still developing the cheese pie. We’re going towards the chip shops with our steak puddings, because they’re getting very popular. Last year we had a pork and black pudding pie.”

He added: “We’ve been going twenty-odd years as a butcher’s and baker’s and five years purely as pies.”

He said pies are always popular. “They’re a cheaper option. A meat and potato pie is £1.45, compared to a sandwich, which is about £2.50 and it’s more filling – and keeps you warm.”

Joe Hall, of Hall’s Bakery, Chorley, said: “We probably sell about 5,000 pies and sausage rolls a week.

“Our best sellers are meat and potato, followed by our chunky steak and butter pie.

“They’re sold in the shops in Chorley and we have a mobile shops which go round the industrial estates.”

He said the pie-selling business was influenced by trends – such as “bikini times and New Year’s resolutions” – but that it was generally steady.