– Created in support of The Royal British Legion
– Dedicated to those who fought in the Great War
– Ten percent of all profits will be donated to The Royal British Legion charity www.paulspies.co.uk
On the eve of British Pie Week (3-9 March 2014), Paul’s Pies is pleased to announce the latest addition to its delicious range of handcrafted pies; a classic British steak and kidney pie.
Created in support of The Royal British Legion and in dedication to all those who fought in the Great War, the new pie was also inspired by the memory of Paul’s Pies founder, Paul Sykes’ grandfather, Corporal William Sykes RE MM, a career soldier who joined up in 1908, survived the First World War and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field.
To coincide with the start of British Pie Week, Paul’s Pies will launch the new pie on 3rd of March at The Farm Shop, Leckford Estate, Hampshire – the first supermarket owned farm shop in the UK owned and managed by Waitrose. It will also be available to purchase online at: www.paulspies.co.uk/shop.html and from a select range of Paul’s Pie’s retailers.*
Ten percent of all profits from sales of the pie will be donated to The Royal British Legion and Paul’s Pies is encouraging all its retailers to match donations from sales of the pie.
Paul’s Pies are delicious, traditional comfort food for the young at heart that fill you up and make you happy. Each Paul’s Pie is handmade using only the freshest very best quality ingredients and hand-crimped by pie maker Paul Sykes and his team. You can see the full range of flavours available at www.paulspies.co.uk.
The new steak and kidney pie is Paul’s take on a British classic; made with slow-cooked mature British steak and tender kidney in a rich, succulent gravy encased in a delicious suet crust pastry, a signature of the Paul’s Pie range.
Paul Sykes, founder of Paul’s Pies, said, “My grandfather was a career soldier in 1914, fought in all the major European campaigns and was awarded the military medal for bravery in the field. In 1939, he tried to sign up again but was told, ‘you’ve done your bit old man’.”
He continues, “My grandfather is an inspiration to me and I’m dedicating this new pie to his memory and to all those who fought in the Great War. The Royal British Legion works tirelessly to support our armed forces community and I’m delighted to be working with them in the year that marks the centenary of the start of the First World War and to be able to do my bit in giving a little something back to our brave soldiers and their families.”
So this March, why not show your support for the work of The Royal British Legion by celebrating British Pie Week and tucking into a hearty classic Paul’s Pies steak and kidney pie?
There are many ways to get involved in British Pie Week – to find out more, visit www.britishpieweek.co.uk.
Fiona Dobson, The Royal British Legion’s Community Fundraiser for Wiltshire, said, “In the year that marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, we’re delighted to be receiving the proceeds from the sales of Paul’s Pies First World War commemorative pies. The need for The Legion’s support is as great today as it was after the First World War when the charity was set up.”
She continued: “We currently need £1.6m a week for our vital work with the armed forces community and I would like to encourage everyone to celebrate British Pie Week and support The Royal British Legion by purchasing one of these special and delicious pies.”
To find out more about The Royal British Legion and how you can lend your support, please visit: www.britishlegion.org.uk.
Encouraged by his regular customers at his weekly Notting Hill Gate farmer’s market stall who had tried some of his samples, Paul Sykes made his first batch of pies in the small kitchen of his Oxfordshire home in the Spring of 2011, making just 28 pies on the first day. By August that year, he had won two Taste of the West Awards and subsequently moved into a commercial kitchen in a 200-year-old National Trust building in Coleshill, Oxfordshire.
Paul’s Pies have since won over 15 prestigious food awards and Sykes now employs a dedicated team of pie-makers who hand make 1000’s of pies per week.
For more information about Paul’s award-winning handcrafted pies, including details of where they are available to purchase, go to www.paulspies.co.uk.