Peter’s pies pipped at the post in World Championships

Peter's Pies
Peter's Pies

A small family bakery has landed third place in a competition to find the world’s finest Scotch pie - for the second time.

Peter’s Bakery, based in Kirkintilloch’s Merkland Drive, beat rivals from across the country to be short-listed for the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships.

Over a hundred bakers and butchers entered some 567 pies, pasties, sausage rolls, bridies, savouries and apple pies into the competition.

The prizes were dished out at a recent awards luncheon held in Cumbernauld’s Westerwood Hotel.

Owner Peter McDonald was awarded with the bronze medal for his pies - which are baked using a secret recipe passed down through generations of his family.

He told the Herald: “We have a long family tradition as bakers - including my father and brother.

“The recipe has been handed down and is now a long-standing favourite of the people of Kirkintilloch.”

It’s the second time he’s come third in the championships and, while he was hoping to climb the podium this year, Peter was still delighted with the accolade.

He said: “we are delighted with our win and can go away with our heads held very high indeed. To have been judged as one of the best in land against so many of our peers is a huge achievement.”

Retiring head judge Robert Ross said: “The competition, which has run for 16 years, aims to highlight that bakers and butchers create high quality artisan pastry products.

“Recognising the ‘great and the good’ in this way rewards excellence and raises the bar in the industry.”

He added: “Scotland is lucky to be home to some of the world’s most experienced and talented bakers and butchers.

“The World Scotch Pie Championship provides an opportunity for Scotland’s finest to showcase their skill and world class products.”