http://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/retford/business-guide/feature/mellors-farm-butchers-shop/83970" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Dunkleys ](http://www.dunkleys.co.uk/)British Beef and Abbot Ale Pie has been declared [England's Best Steak Pie](http://www.eblexfoodservice.co.uk/?page=%91ENGLAND%92S+BEST+STEAK+PIE%92+COMPETITION+CATEGORY+WINNERS+CELEBRATE) in a competition organised by the [English Beef and Lamb Executive ](http://www.eblextrade.co.uk)(Eblex).
One of 16 entrants to win through to the final round, the Dunkleys pie won the Manufacturer category before battling it out with the winner of the second category (for the Best Independent Butcher or Caterer) to scoop the overall title.
Dunkleys, which has been making pies in Northamptonshire for around 80 years, has produced its winning pie for Wetherspoon for the past five years. The hand-finished puff pastry pie is filled with quality-assured beef and a rich ale gravy and Dunkleys makes around 15,000 units a week that are served in more than 800 Wetherspoon pubs.
[Mellors Farm Butchersfrom Nottinghamshire won the Independent Retail Butcher or Caterer category for its hand-made, shortcrust-pastry Steak Pie which is made to a 30-year-old-recipe. It sells between 300 and 400 of the pies each week.
FULL LIST OF FINALISTS
INDEPENDENT BUTCHER OR CATERER CATEGORYWINNER Mellors Farm Butchers, Newark, Nottinghamshire
â- Richardson's of Woodthorpe, York, North Yorkshire
â- Cranstons Ltd, Penrith, Cumbria
â- Dee's Pies, London
â- C Lidgate Butchers, London
â- Frinton Road Butchers, Hollan-on-Sea, Essex
â- Kingfisher Hotel & Country Club, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
â- J.W. Mettrick & Son Ltd, Glossop, Derbyshire
â- Hallmark Hotel, Bournemouth, Dorset
â- Manydown Farm Shop, Basingstoke, Hampshire
MANUFACTURER CATEGORYâ- WINNER Dunkleys, Wellingborough, Derbyshire
â- Devilish Desserts, Littlehampton, West Sussex
â- Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd, Alfreton, Derbyshire
â- Pieminister, Bristol
â- Pyes Farm, Dunmow, Essex
â- Pork Farms, Market Drayton, Shropshire