British Pie Week – Denby Dale Piem


Yorkshire Poet Ian McMillian Raptures Lyrical on Crust, Taties, Gravy and Meat

National Pie Week Ian McMillan

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!”


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

Link to Ian McMillan reciting his Piem on YouTube

About cwildman

Local Food Evangelist, 5th Generation Butcher based in the Yorkshire Dales, England. Town End Farm Shop, Artisan Butchery & Charcuterie, Home of The Yorkshire Chorizo.
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1 Response to British Pie Week – Denby Dale Piem

  1. hahah – that’s nice.


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