Butcher’s chicken pies named best in Scotland

Hugh Black & Sons’ chicken and smoked ham pies have been judged the best chicken pies in Scotland!

The meaty favourites have scooped a coveted Diamond Award in the Scottish Craft Butchers Savoury Pastry Products Awards 2018 – the highest possible recognition from the industry evaluator.

Being judged to have the best chicken pie in Scotland will turn the public focus on the butchers business which has a chain of 12 shops throughout the central belt and Fife – from Cambuslang to Cowdenbeath – in addition to their production factory at Bathgate.

Delighted partner Craig Black said the Diamond-winning pie was one of their new Premium Pie range recipes launched recently.

“We produce thousands of pastry products every week – over 2,500 Scotch pies alone – and the Premium range is already selling well,” he said. “A national industry endorsement will undoubtedly increase demand for the award-winning products.”

Production manager and product development chief Willie Kemp (pictured above) devised the new recipes and is thrilled with the success of his chicken pie.

“We have our own abattoir and bakery so we know the provenance and quality of all our ingredients,” he said. “I create a sauce and meat combination that I know will work and then we taste test it with staff and customers.”

As a trained chef, Willie is justifiably proud of his national winner which combines chicken with smoked ham hough in a cream sauce.
“It’s very pleasing to see our recently launched Premium range products do so well.”

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