DENBY DALE, YORKSHIRE’S PIE VILLAGE CELEBRATES NATIONAL PIE WEEK WITH A “PIE PIEM”
Yorkshire Poet Ian McMillian Raptures Lyrical on Crust, Taties, Gravy and Meat
Denby Dale, the UK’s only designated “Pie Village” celebrates National Pie Week (5-12th March) with a “Pie Piem” from Yorkshire Bard Ian McMillian.
Denby Dale is the famous Pie Village, nestled the picturesque hills of West Yorkshire. The famous Denby Dale Pies are a 220 year old village tradition; usually baked to celebrate national special occasions and events. Not your normal run-of-the-mill pies, but monster meat & potato pies registered in the Guinness Book of Records.
Denby Dale Pies on a more digestible scale are still handmade in the Dale, by a team of craft bakers in a small factory nestled under the famous viaduct. The business was recently rescued and bought out of receivership by a team lead by food entrepreneur Andrew Hayes preserving 17 jobs in the region.
“We wanted to mark National Pie Week in a quirky way that celebrates what’s special about the village, and remind folks we’re making award winning pies again. Denby Dale is famous for pies and we hope to keep Denby Dale on the map as the pie capital of Britain,” explains Andrew Hayes.
“Yorkshire is famous for pies, and there’s a nostalgia about pies that taste of home. I think Ian sums it up in the lines. They’re as Yorkshire as puddings and good strong ale, You can smell ‘em through the cottage door!”
DENBY DALE PIEM
It’s pleasing to the nose
And delightful to the eye
Wait till you taste that Denby Dale pie!
It’s a symphony of crust,
Taties, gravy and meat
A Denby Dale pie makes your life complete!
They’ve been making pies in Denby Dale
For centuries and more
They’re as Yorkshire as puddings and good strong ale
You can smell ‘em through the cottage door!
They’ve been eating pies in Denby Dale
Since King George was a youth!
Each massive pie could tell a tale
or a slice of historical truth!
They’re making them again
And the pie-maker’s art
Is once more close to this town’s heart!
So all those in favour
Stand and bellow Aye!
Then have a taste of that there Denby Dale Pie!
© Ian McMillan