A business in West Bridgford is pulling out all the stops to celebrate British Pie Week with their locally-produced creations.

Harringtons Fine Foods, based on the Hilton Crescent shopping precinct, is a cafe and butchers, which specialise in breakfasts and pies.

The business is family-run, headed up Charlotte Harrington and her team, including her chef, come up with their own pie flavours.

For British Pie Week, they are showing these to their customers through their ‘Pie Night,’ which requires people to pre-booking. The pies include the likes of Beef & Stilton, Ham Hock & Leek, and several vegetarian options.

Charlotte Harrington said: “We make pies throughout the year, but we try to ramp it up around Pie Week.

“This week, we are doing nights-in, so we have more of a café-restaurant atmosphere.

Hilton Crescent, West Bridgford, which is home to Harringtons Fine Foods

“All of our food is cooked in house, all of our pies are cooked fresh every day.”

British Pie Week is celebrated every first week of March and encourages people to make, eat and learn about pies.

The idea of the week was from a marketing campaign by Jus-Rol, a pastry-rolling company, in 2007. In recent years, it has been taken over by the website Pierate, as Jus-Rol became less active on their social media accounts.

Each year, the company holds pie-making competitions and rank pies based on their construction and tastes, with sweet and savoury versions accepted.

AUDIO: Business owner Charlotte Harrington describing the approach she and her team take to cater for her customers

Pies were initially made by the ancient Romans before 2000 BCE. However, they were developed by the English throughout the medieval period.

Queen Elizabeth I was even given a cherry pie, which became the first fresh fruit pie to be recorded.

According to the British Pie Awards, the people of the United Kingdom eat £1billion worth of pies every year.

Did you know?

Medieval chefs were often tasked with having a pie-off for their masters’ entertainment. Birds are said to have flown out of pies and it’s even rumoured that dwarves came out of pies at feasts.

Legend has it that in the 17th century Oliver Cromwell banned eating mince pies at Christmas as he saw it as a sign of gluttony.

William Shakespeare killed off two characters in Titus Andronicus by baking them into a pie.

Source: Britain Magazine