THE owner of a Whitchurch shop says he was ‘blown away’ by winning two awards for his products at the spiritual home of pies – Melton Mowbray.

David Martin owns Martins Pies, in Bridgewater Street, and was recently awarded for his beef and wagyu pie plus was recognised for his arrival on the scene.

David travelled to Leicestershire to deliver his pies – at the last minute too – and admitted he was delighted to win for his beef and wagyu pies at the British Pies Awards.


“It’s the second competition we’ve entered and won and it was quite a quick competition,” said David.

“It’s quite funny really as I had to drive the two hours plus to Melton Mowbray on the Wednesday because I got my day wrong for it to be delivered.

“I even got their late but they were fine with it and they even asked if we wanted a photo with our pie, but I didn’t want to jinx it.

“It was tested on the Thursday and we got an invite to the competition for the Friday which was the day after.

“We were in quite a large category – for beef and alcohol – and it was quite competitive.

“We were named in the top three but then it was announced that we won and we were completely blown away.

“That’s two competitions we’ve won and it’s a testament to our product and to what we do.

“Though, it was a shame that the cheese and onion pie we also entered didn’t get anyway as that was phenomenal pie.

“The organisers also had individual awards which we didn’t expect anything from but we were named best newcomers which really shows our products.

“Plus we got a bigger trophy for that.”

David said he is already seeing the impact winning awards has had on the business, which he has streamlined to focus on producing quality products.

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He added: “It blew us away – it’s really was the icing on the cake and I think that people are really starting to understand what we’re doing now.

“Our online orders have gone through the roof – we’re focusing on quality now.”

David was also full of praise for his suppliers Alternative Meats, from Combermere near Whitchurch and also Fron Farm Wagyu in Mold, Flintshire, which produces the wagyu cattle.