Mount Bures: Landlord’s pie recipe wows judges at national competition

Mitch Adams from the Thatchers Arms
in Mount Bures has made it to the finals of the Badger
Ales National Pie Competition beating nearly 700 entries. Mitch Adams from the Thatchers Arms in Mount Bures has made it to the finals of the Badger Ales National Pie Competition beating nearly 700 entries.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
2:28 PM

A landlord from north Essex has beat off competition from around 700 entries to make it through to the final of a national pie competition.

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Mitch Adams who runs the Thatchers Arms in Mount Bures near Colchester impressed judges at the Badger Ales National Pie Competition with his combination of slow-cooked diced venison, beetroot and juniper in a stock made of Badger’s Poacher’s Choice beer, which has a tangy liquorice and damson aroma.

His recipe is one of eight to make it to the last stage of the competition, which set out find the best pie made with Badger beer. It is set to culminate in a taste-off in Bath next Thursday during National Pie Week.

According to Mr Adams, his recipe is a variation of a pie that is regularly served at his pub.

“I tweaked it a bit, added some Badger beer and have been pleased with the results. We held our staff Christmas party in January and served it then and everyone seemed to like it.

“It’s usually our chefs who make the pies but I dabble from time to time and can’t believe I’ve made it this far with so many entrants.”

Mr Adams is no stranger to success in competitions and was recently short-listed for a national pub personality of the year competition run by a pub trade magazine. Should he win the pie competition his recipe will be professionally produced and served in selected public houses run by Hall & Woodhouse, the brewers of Badger beers.

In the meantime, Mr Adams is busy preparing for his own ‘Pie Extravaganza’ event to be held at the Thatchers Arms next week to tie in with National Pie Week when his short-listed recipe will be available along with other pies, including a tapas option of mini-pies.

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