Pie’s the limit for village farm shop

Richard Bamford, centre, receives the Great Northern Pork Pie Competition champions trophy from Robin Moule, joined by members of the Ingfield Farm shop team and David Hempel, second from right, of TW Laycock & Sons in Keighley
Richard Bamford, centre, receives the Great Northern Pork Pie Competition champions trophy from Robin Moule, joined by members of the Ingfield Farm shop team and David Hempel, second from right, of TW Laycock & Sons in Keighley

A Halifax farm shop is the supreme champion of pork pies - and it’s official.

Ingfield Farm Shop in Southowram clinched the top accolade in the Great Northern Pork Pie Competition with its classic cheese and chutney creation - a regular best seller with the locals.

The word from the judges was that the pie was a “perfect pastry and superb combination of flavours.”

The Bamford farming family produce was also crowned winners of: Yorkshire pie; traditional pork pie classic; speciality pie; and best sausage roll.

The annual competition, held at Skipton Auction Mart, was open to Yorkshire and Lancashire butchers, farm shops and bakers who bake their pies on the premises.

Law Farm owner Richard Bamford, said: “We’re chuffed to bits to do so well in a prestigious competition like this. It’s a real team effort and all our award-winning products are available over-the-counter on a daily basis - so we hope to see some new faces. We don’t make them any different just because it’s a special event.”

Richard’s mother Lucy and late father Norman bought the working farm in 1975 and today, he runs the farm, butchery and shop with his sister Margaret and son James.

He said: “All our pork comes from Yorkshire pigs. The female of the breed are really good porkers.”

The pies are baked on site and locally sourced produce is used for ingredients.

The shop has been open since 2003. To keep people interested, James said the bakers have created a range of tasty pies - in addition to the traditional pork pie - including pork and Piri Piri, pork and black pudding, pork and caramelised onion and others festive delights such as turkey and cranberry.

James said: “Our pies are made fresh daily. We try to be unique and think out of the box. Try something different with your pork pie and add a bit of spice to your life.”