Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Short Breaks: Kingdom of Pies; This Year, Lancashire and Liverpool Unite for a Mouth-Watering Celebration of Food and Drink - A Taste of Lancashire. KEN BENNETT Takes a Sneak Preview of What's on Offer

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Short Breaks: Kingdom of Pies; This Year, Lancashire and Liverpool Unite for a Mouth-Watering Celebration of Food and Drink - A Taste of Lancashire. KEN BENNETT Takes a Sneak Preview of What's on Offer

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Byline: KEN BENNETT

I AM in Pie Heaven where legions of the freshly-baked darlings simply beg you to eat them.

Because these are not just any old ordinary pies, you understand, but plump originals, bursting with carefully-woven flavours to send your taste-buds into overdrive.

And, most importantly, when they say they are all individually made - they mean just that. Because they are produced with tender and very loving care by the amazing Kitson's who have a stunning farm in the breathy wilds of Lancashire at Bleasdale near Preston.

Here, they grow and carefully cook the meat that fills the hand-crafted home-mixed pastry. And, with a devilish, quiet delight, they place their very own stamp on all their produces with luscious secret recipes that take the art of pie making - and munching - to another level. Even more amazing is that the couple make and sell more than 1,000 pies each week at farmers markets and specialist outlets, showing off the very best of Lancashire, across the UK. Yes, there really is something very comforting gazing over rolling acres of pristine countryside near the Forest of Bowland, tucking into a sublime pork pie topped with caramelised homemade onion chutney, or a dusting of fresh herbs or fine spices.

You quickly discover this is a unique place where village life thrives with contemporary taste and traditional quality is not a thing of the past but celebrated as part of everyday life.

Ten years ago, the Kitsons Long Ghyll Farm was nearly wiped out with BSE. But, by sheer physical endeavour and focused hard work on their produces their success has become legion. Dip into the pie dishes, for example, and you'll be astounded by the variety of flavours.

"We try to do things differently here," explains Jacqui Kitson with a timid smile. "I personally check over each and every pie before and after cooking to make sure it is just right for the market.

"At the end of the day, it's not just about cooking quality food - but ensuring it looks right too."

How many times would you get that personal assurance down your average High Street? The Kitson's company, Farmhouse Direct, is not another dot com but a solid, traditional farm selling high quality tasty meats. …

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