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Leek bakery Lawtons Pies starred on the small screen

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 24, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Lawton's Pies in Derby Street, Leek featured on one of the Britain's Best Bakery's episodes on ITV last week.

Lawton's Pies in Derby Street, Leek featured on one of the Britain's Best Bakery's episodes on ITV last week.

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THE owners of a pie shop in Leek starred on the small screen earlier this month.

Lawton's Pies, which has a cafe and bakery in Derby Street in Leek, featured on an episode of Britain's Best Bakery on ITV.

Owners Steve and Alison Ball went up against bakeries in Ashbourne and Derby in the regional heat of the national contest.

Each bakery had to complete three tasks to impress the judges with their culinary talents.

The tasks included producing the bakeries speciality, which in Lawton's Pies case was their infamous meat and potato pies; produce a rosemary bread, as well as a bakers' dozen of Bakewell Tarts.

Mr Ball said: "It was quite enlightening. It does seem weird seeing yourself on the box.

"It's amazing how much filming was done for just that one programme.

"There were three days in total of filming at our bakery, and then a day in Yorkshire."

Although Steve and Alison did impress the judges, who were chefs Mich Turner and Peter Sidwell, with their meat and potato pie, and tasty platted Rosemary bread, as well as the pair's production of Bakewell Tarts, it was the duo from The Pudding Room in Ashbourne which won the heat and a place in the final.

Mr Ball added: "I think we did alright. We have had lots of positive comments from being on the show, with some customers saying that we should have won.

"Trade has certainly gone up since the show aired.

"The Saturday after the show was bananas in the shop. Also within 10 minutes of the show starting, there was an influx of internet orders for our pies."

For further information about Lawton's Pies, pop into the shop and cafe in Derby Street, or go online to www.lawtonspies.com.

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