Colne woman triumphs in Great Northern Pork Pie Fest

RED OR WHITE ROSE? Janet Green, of Farmhouse Fare, retains her hold on Skipton Auction Mart's Great Northern Pork Pie Fest supreme champion's trophy, presented by sponsor Robin Moule. (S)
RED OR WHITE ROSE? Janet Green, of Farmhouse Fare, retains her hold on Skipton Auction Mart's Great Northern Pork Pie Fest supreme champion's trophy, presented by sponsor Robin Moule. (S)

A YORKSHIRE-BASED butcher has won the Great Northern Pork Pie Fest at Skipton. But she was born Red Rose not White Rose - she came from Colne!

Yorkshire butchers yet again triumphed over their Lancashire counterparts in the third annual Roses “battle of the butchers” at Skipton Auction Mart on Sunday,

White Rose butchers have notched up a hat-trick of supreme championship successes since the contest, which runs alongside the mart’s annual Christmas primestock shows and sales, first began in 2009.

At the latest renewal, Janet Green, of Farmhouse Fare in Skipton High Street, pulled off a supreme and reserve championship double.

The shop retained its 2010 title when landing the champion pie accolade with its first prize speciality cold eating pie - a pork and apple pie, also chosen as the best pie from Yorkshire. Janet received her trophy from competition sponsor Robin Moule, of Skipton-based PR company Moule Media.

Farmhouse Fare entered all three pork pie classes and only narrowly failed to pull off a clean sweep of the major honours. The shop also presented the first prize and reserve champion stand pie and was runner-up in the traditional pork pie class.

It’s been a productive month in the pork pie competition arena for Farmhouse Fare, which was also a finalist in the large pork pie class at the previous week’s Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition in Bradford, and in the Pork Pie Appreciation Society’s annual competition in Ripponden, Halifax, also held in November.

Janet said: “I am over the moon to win the Great Northern supreme championship for two years running – and keep the trophy in Skipton.” Somewhat ironically, she was born and bred in Colne so you can argue it was a Red Rose win!

Lancashire did not leave empty-handed, as the best of the traditional pork pies came from a second Colne-born and bred meat man, Stewart Brown, of Brown’s Butchers in Barnoldswick, who has been in the meat trade for 45 years and established his Gisburn Road shop 27 years ago. They were also the premier Red Rose pies.

Brown’s sources its pork locally from pig farmer Harry Simpson, of Mearclough Farm, Kelbrook. “They are the same pies we have been making for many years. You will find them in our shop window every day,” said Mr Brown.

As well as the main award winners, other butcher entrants who donated pies for the charity auction included Whitesides of Colne.