Peter's pedal power bags prestigious pork pie title

Peter Middlemiss - Otley pork pie champion

6:07am 11th October 2017
(Updated 1:40pm 12th October 2017)

Bike-mad Otley butcher Peter Middlemiss has tasted success at The Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition.

He rode home with multiple awards on Sunday, including the flagship supreme champion's trophy.

Fifth-generation butcher Peter, whose family has run Geo. Middlemiss & Son since 1881, saw the shop's champion large pork - or stand pie - go on to be crowned supreme pork pie champion.

It's the second time this century that Geo. Middlemiss & Son, which has entered the contest virtually every year since its inception, has claimed the prestigious title.

The family's first success came with the shop's small - or traditional - pork pie.

Peter, who is a member of Otley Cycling Club, said: "Size is the only difference between the two pies. The large pork pie has exactly the same contents as the smaller version, but in a bigger shell.

"We have refined our pork pies over many years and are naturally over the moon to have found the winning formula once again this year."

Peter Middlemiss - Otley pork pie champion

Peter Middlemiss being presented with the supreme champion pie trophy

Geo. Middlemiss & Son started life in Askwith back in the late 19th century, selling its products two days each week at Otley Market.

The business has been based in its current premises for well over 100 years.

Founder John Middlemiss handed over to his son, Walter John, who in turned passed on the business to his own son, George, then on to son Anthony, who continues to run the shop with his two sons, Peter and Martin.

Completing the five-strong butchers brigade are Daniel Marston and Andrew Barraclough.

Peter added: "We have a great team and this glowing accolade is a fitting tribute to all the hard graft we put in."

As pork pie supremo, Geo. Middlemiss & Son received the Ted Jones Supreme Pie Trophy, presented annually in memory of the former competition stalwart and South Yorkshire butcher who died several years ago.

Meanwhile, Weetons Food Hall in Harrogate struck gold with its Fruity Black Pudding, which was recently developed by head butcher Colin Robinson and his team.

Colin joined Weetons three years ago, after running his own shop in Grassington for many years.

The business also clinched third place in the same competition class with its Traditional Black Pudding.

Weetons Harrogate - black pudding champion

Colin Robinson, from Weetons Food Hall in Harrogate, receiving the black pudding champion’s trophy

Competition regular Howard Carver, from Weegmann's in Otley, finished third in the thick pork sausage class.

The shop has won many prizes over the years, including the 2015 speciality cold eating pie championship.

For only the second time in its history, The Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition, which is organised by the Confederation of Yorkshire Butchers Councils, formed part of The Craft Bakers and Butchers Extravaganza.

Open to butchers, farm shops and bakers who make relevant meat-related products on their own premises, it attracted 165 individual products from 30 different entrants from across Yorkshire, as far north as Durham and as far south as Somerset.

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