Crawley pie-makers have won a Gold award in the ‘Oscars’ of the British pie industry.
The Real Pie Company (TRPC), in Rutherford Way, scooped a Gold, a Silver and four Bronze Awards at the Melton Mowbray British Pie Awards.
Christine Cossins, managing director, said: “Having got a silver for our chicken and ham pie last year and a bronze for our pasty we had high hopes we would go one better this year.
“But getting a gold in the steak category competing against over 100 other entrants, is just brilliant.”
The competition saw businesses large and small going head to head at St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray.
TRPC won gold for its steak and mushroom pie, silver for its steak and kidney and bronze for its steak and Guiness, meat and potato, and chicken and ham.
It won the top award in the ‘Beef & Any Flavour combination Pie’ category.
Brett Hornby, commercial operations director, said: “Our ‘crammed to the crust’ philosophy means each hand crafted pie is packed with slow cooked British beef so the customers gets a ‘proper filled pie’ rather than a lot of hot air.
“Add a delicious gravy, a golden puff pastry crown and you have a winning combination.
“Just as real beer is enjoying a real revival with thousands of micro-brewers the country is seeing a ‘pie renaissance’ and we are proud that the small pie makers are leading the charge.”
TRPC, which was founded 16 years ago, produces hundreds of pies per day.
Its products have been shown on TV shopping channel QVC.
The company sells to retail outlets across Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire including the Southern Co-op.
It is in the process of expanding its premises in Imperial Business Centre to meet rising demand.
The British Pie Awards launched in 2009.