A pie maker from Adlington is “filling great” after scooping a gold award at the Annual British Pie Awards for its pork pie.

Bowen Bakeries sent their delicacy to the awards in Leicestershire, hosted by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association.

More than 983 pies were entered from across the UK in 20 classes.

They were judged by around 100 pie experts including food critic Charles Campion, TV chef Rachel Green and BBC sports commentator Jonathan Agnew.

The criteria for judging covered attributes such as appearance, texture, and taste of both pastry and filling.

Paul Bowen, sales director, said: “We are thrilled that our hard work and passion for creating great pies has been recognised.

“The standard of pies entered into the awards is so high, which makes winning a British Pie Award such a great honour.”

Matthew O’Callaghan, chair of association, said: “The awards continue to attract more and more entries each year and we are delighted with the level of both expertise and enthusiasm.

“Congratulations to Bowen Bakeries of Adlington.”