IT'S official. When it comes to a national bake-off, Barrow in south Cumbria is home to the best pies in Britain.
With the publication of a new book detailing and reviewing the best pies in the country, the town has taken the title.
Life of Pies sees author Martin Tarbuck journey across the country, following his nose in search of “piefection”. He set out on the road, covering 10,579 miles on his quest to find the best. Over the course of two years, he sampled 400 pies and reviewed 314 for the book – with the meat and potato offering from Green’s of Barrow coming out on top.
That isn’t the only accolade bestowed on Furness, with Barrow pipping Skipton, Melton Mowbray and, of course, Wigan to number one spot on the list of Top Pie Towns.
Mr Tarbuck said: “I knew that Barrow was a place to visit because of the Hairy Bikers but I had no idea just how much of a pie hotbed it was. Put simply, Barrow pies are the best in the country in my book.”
The Green’s meat and potato pie scored 61 marks out of 70 on Mr Tarbuck’s self-devised Pie Chart system to come out on top, and with other visits to south Cumbria, including McLeys in Barrow, Thomas’ Bakery in Ulverston and Broughton Village Bakery, it helped Cumbria win over the author’s heart. “I made three visits in all,” said Mr Tarbuck. “I was blown away by the quality of the pies."
“Obviously a good pie is a good pie but they reminded me so much of the pies that I grew up with: made the same day on the premises, homemade with little or no machinery involved. The smell, the taste and the price were just fantastic. Green’s is absolutely one of those hidden treasures I was searching for, just everything about it: the location, the alluring smell of baking pastry, the uneven crusts and amazing taste."
“If I have a regret it’s that I didn’t get the chance to get up the coast to Workington or Whitehaven as I imagine there’s some cracking butchers and bakers up there, but I can’t see anywhere toppling Barrow.”