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2018 Craft Butcher Scotch Pie Awards

Sunday, 7th Jan 2018

The best Scotch Pies in Scotland for 2018 are made in Edinburgh.
Category sponsored by The Dalesman Group.

The butcher who first introduced Edinburgh customers to the delights of the tasty Scotch Pie nearly 60 years ago has been judged to make the best pies in Scotland!

Crombie`s of Edinburgh has scooped the coveted Diamond Award in the Scottish Craft Butchers Scotch Pie Awards 2018 - the highest possible recognition from the industry evaluator.

And delighted owner Sandy Crombie (77) said he was “absolutely elated” that the pie he pioneered in the capital in the early 1960s was now the nation’s favourite.

“When I first joined my father’s butchers firm in 1956 the Scotch pie was frowned upon in Edinburgh - it was seen as too down-market for the Edinburgh customers of the day,” explained Sandy.

“In the west, however, the Scotch pie was proving a real favourite, so myself and a colleague visited fellow butchers Chapmans of Wishaw and asked for their recipe.”

54 Scotch Pies entered the product evaluation held at Dewars Centre Perth on 1 November. After mystery shopping the main contenders and the second stage judging at Heaven Scent in Milnathort, the judges awarded: 1 Diamond, 15 Gold, 29 Silver

Crombies of Edinburgh Edinburgh
A E Brown &. Son Turriff
Ballards Butchers Castle Douglas
Blackwood of Kilmacolm Kilmacolm
Blair Drummond Smiddy Stirling
Boghall Butchers Bathgate
D H Robertson Arbroath
Fergusons of Airdrie Airdrie
Hugh Black &. Sons Bathgate
Patricks of Camelon Camelon
Shaw the Butcher Glasgow
T H Stevenson &. Sons Stanley
Thomas Johnston Falkirk
W F Stark Buckhaven
W Reid Hopeman
Wright Butchers East Kilbride
A J Learmonth Jedburgh
Anderson Quality Butchers North Berwick
Bruce of the Broch Fraserburgh
D G Lindsay &. Son Perth
David Faulds &. Son Kilmarnock
Duncan Fraser &. Son Inverness
Dunnabie Farm Shop Annan
Elderslie Butchers Elderslie
Fleming Butchers Arbroath
G J Sanderson Butchers Coldstream
Hastie &. Dyce Inverness
Hunters of Kinross Kinross
J B Houston Butchers Dumfries
James Aitken Butchers Alloa
James Pringle Hawick
John Lawson Butchers Uphall
John Marshall &. Son Johnstone
Kenneth Allan Butchers Blairgowrie
Linton Butchers East Linton
McCafferty Butchers Forth
McCaskies Weymss Bay
Murdoch Brothers Forres
Richards Family Butchers Grangemouth
Ross Neilson Glasgow
S Collins &. Son Muirhead
Scott Brothers Dundee
Stuarts Bakers &. Butchers Methil
The Butcher Shop Kinghorn Kinghorn
Tom Courts Quality Foods Burntisland

Crombie`s adapted the Scotch pie to their own recipe and, after encouraging local people to taste the results, the meaty favourite of west Scotland began to take off among Edinburgh customers.

“Crombie`s Scotch pies are still fairly true to that original recipe,” said Sandy. “We are one of very few butchers in Scotland who still make our Scotch pies with only lamb, paying lip service to the old mutton pie which was a forerunner of the Scotch pie.”

Sandy, however, keeps the exact recipe for his national winner a closely guarded secret.

Being judged to make the best Scotch pie in Scotland will turn the national spotlight on the Edinburgh business which currently sells around 1,000 Scotch pies each week.

The annual Scottish Craft Butcher Diamond evaluations have been known to double, treble and in some cases quadruple production due to public demand for the country’s finest meat pastry products.

The long-established Broughton Street butcher also secured three Silver Awards for their sausage rolls, sausage hotpot pies and handheld steak pies.

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