Granny Knows Best
The Inn Collection Group and Abbeyfield celebrate British Pie Week
Grandma is said to always know best, and The Inn Collection Group is setting out to prove the adage with the launch of a competition to track down the perfect pie.
The Kingslodge Inn and The Seaton Lane Inn, both in County Durham, have teamed up with older people’s charity, The Abbeyfield Society, to hunt out the most traditional and imaginative recipes in celebration of British Pie Week taking place between March 6-12.
Grandparents, older people and Abbeyfield residents are being asked to play their part in the quest to search out the tastiest time-honoured and home-grown pie recipes.
From formulations unique to the North East to sweet and savoury classics, it is hoped the over-65s will get behind what promises to be a delicious celebration of culinary know-how and British food heritage, that’s also set to raise funds for the national Abbeyfield charity.
The star recipe as judged by The Kingslodge and The Seaton Lane’s expert team of chefs, will not only be championed as a British Pie Week special on both the inns’ home-cooked menus, but see money raised from sales going direct to Abbeyfield to help support its work to ease loneliness in older people.
The victor will win a three-course meal for two at either The Kingslodge Inn in historic Durham City or The Seaton Lane Inn in the village of Seaton, just minutes from the county’s dramatic heritage coast.
The competition is part of a wider Granny Knows Best campaign being rolled out nationally by Abbeyfield, honouring the older generations’ culinary expertise and excellence.
The Kingslodge Inn general manager, Leanne Jeffrey, said: “When it comes to pies, it really is true that granny knows best. We’re hoping people will get in touch with us with recipes that will take diners back to the flavours and textures they remember from childhood.”
Paul Brown, general manager at The Seaton Lane Inn, added: “We’re looking for recipes for pies made the traditional way, using traditional techniques and ingredients – whether they’re sweet or savoury – and with that extra dollop of love that goes into a recipe that’s been passed down and eaten by generations.
“We’re looking forward to linking up with Abbeyfield for the project and we’re excited to see what our senior cooks come up with to share with diners.”
This will be the second time The Inn Collection Group – which owns The Kingslodge and The Seaton Lane – has joined forces to support Abbeyfield, after throwing a free three-course festive meal to over 80 older people living alone, as part of the charity’s Companionship at Christmas campaign to bring food and friendship to isolated older people.
Abbeyfield’s divisional director for the north Teresa Parker said: “This is a fantastic chance to revive once-loved pie recipes, celebrate all that’s good about North East food and drink, bring people together, and get Abbeyfield residents and older members of our communities cooking and hopefully having lots of fun with family and friends.
“Pies are as quintessentially British as fish and chips and roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, and we want to celebrate everything that is good about the sort of old-fashioned, homely cooking that has brought families together for generations.
“Even better, this competition won’t just raise awareness about our proud culinary heritage, but much needed funds for Abbeyfield so we can continue to ensure that people’s golden years are among the happiest of their lives.”
Teresa added: “We’re delighted with the support we’re receiving from both The Kingslodge Inn and The Seaton Lane Inn, and their recognition of the input older people have in society. Projects like this help to get older people out into the community, which enriches their lives. It also reminds them that they are wanted and needed, and still have an important role to play.
“We’re looking forward to practising the recipes in our kitchens here at Abbeyfield before they are submitted – and of course feasting on the results.”
If you are aged 65 and over you can submit your pie recipe in person to either The Kingslodge Inn on Waddington Street, Durham or The Seaton Inn on Seaton Lane in Seaton; by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or by post, addressed to Leanne Jeffreys, The Kingslodge Inn, Waddington Street, Flass Vale, Durham City, DH1 4BG or Paul Brown, The Seaton Inn, Seaton Lane, Seaton, Co Durham SR7 0LP.
The closing date for entries is Thursday March 2.