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Tuesday, 28th Jun 2011 20:48

Town’s 2010/11 season may have brought few trophies on the field but the club’s catering department celebrated a notable victory earlier today. The Blues’ Portman Pie has been named the best in British football after winning the Hospitality and Catering News Pie League.

The pie got the nod from Blues supporters Blues and visiting fans, beating Blackburn, Reading and Manchester United to the title.

Denis Sheehan from Hospitality and Catering News and representatives of league sponsors Moduline were at Portman Road today to present the club’s head of conference and banqueting, Mike Rieder, with the award. Matt Purling from Adnams, Dave Boniface from piemakers Kentish Mayde and Town chief executive Simon Clegg were also present.

Rieder told TWTD that the triumphant pie is result of several seasons’ work: “I’ve worked with Kentish Mayde now for eight or nine years and developed the pie directly with their baker.

“It’s my recipe, which has been taken on, and in the last couple of years we’ve put in an Adnams bitter, which really enriches the pie.


The taste of victory

“The quality is superb, it’s a little bit more than your run-of-the-mill pie but it’s definitely worth paying for, and we’re very proud to get the award.”

Sheehan says the league developed after they were contacted by a fan midway through the season: “It all started through our website where a Crawley fan, who had gone to Old Trafford for their FA Cup match, posted a comment to us saying what a great day out he and his family had had and how he had enjoyed the pie at Old Trafford.


Photocall in the former Pie-oneer Stand

“He also asked us who did the best football pies, which we felt was a question worth asking the subscribers to our newsletter and the visitors to our website. So we did that, and were overwhelmed with the response.

“We got hundreds and hundreds of comments, lots of humour - some that we couldn’t publish - but everyone seemed to be incredibly passionate about their club and their pie offering.”


Club employees sample the winning pie

Rieder thanked the fans who championed the pie: "We are very grateful to all the supporters who voted for us.

“We’re really proud to have won the award. It’s a great product, at a good price and hopefully the fans enjoy it on a matchday.”

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alexharban added 20:58 - Jun 28
I have dreamt of this day for many years
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bontcho added 21:01 - Jun 28
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Loyal_S added 21:08 - Jun 28
Who Needs A Carling Cup Or an F.A Cup....When you can win The Hospitality and Catering News Pie League.

What an Achievement. :')
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Ryorry added 21:09 - Jun 28
Hooray, something to send Delia into meltdown :-))
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hollywoodginge added 21:27 - Jun 28
Stick that up ur coombes ford delia! I will see you all lining the streets at the open top bus parade, I'm all ready off to secure my spot on top of debenhams, I can't wait for the boys to hold the pie aloft on the town hall balcony, I might even beat Mel Henderson to release the book of the occasion '3.142 blues 2010/11' :P
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itfc1981 added 21:31 - Jun 28
Up the town!
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oldbarrackdan added 21:31 - Jun 28
Great headline Phil. This in no way softens the blow of losing Connor for less than £10m though!
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pinewoodblueboy added 21:32 - Jun 28
Just goes to show how very average pies are around the country then.
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Bleuro added 21:47 - Jun 28
Look after the pies and the trophies will look after themselves.

Success breeds success, this could be the start of a resurgent Ipswich Town Football Club.
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theblueginger added 21:48 - Jun 28
Rest of the football league must be envious-then again if they pack out the away end to try these pies PR's capacity might get above 20,000.
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theblueginger added 21:48 - Jun 28
Rest of the football league must be envious-then again if they pack out the away end to try these pies PR's capacity might get above 20,000.
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jas0999 added 21:50 - Jun 28
Great news. But more interested in who PJ brings in as a replacement for Wickham.
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TractorMan added 21:55 - Jun 28
Stay for the pies Connor! ;)
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TractorMan added 21:56 - Jun 28
Also explains why Scotland is sticking around! Award winning pies and Scotland - the perfect partnership!
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itfcjc added 22:09 - Jun 28
Is this why scotland is still here
At least we won something
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Suffolk_n_Good added 22:51 - Jun 28
"Who ate all the pies?, who ate all the pies?, you fat ......supporters, YOU ATE ALL THE PIES!!
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MickMillsTash added 22:58 - Jun 28
Eat That!
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Upbeat added 23:35 - Jun 28
What a Crust! What a Filling! What a Matchday Pie!

(another limited edition star to next season's shirt perhaps?)
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TractorRoyNo1 added 00:16 - Jun 29
it costs how much? Greggs will do for me
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cooper4england added 00:19 - Jun 29
Typical Pie in the Sky speculation. It's time we beefed things up. Wait to we start sampling the Beef Ellington next season.

Eat my pie!!!!!...... bloody hope the Ipswich employees paid for their sample. That's decent transfer money the club is wasting!
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TractorBeezer added 00:40 - Jun 29
I knew we could do it!
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arc added 01:13 - Jun 29
Champion-es, Champion-es, ole ole ole...
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bobble added 01:35 - Jun 29
we are the champions..........wahoooooooooo
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TrueBlueFerret added 02:16 - Jun 29
Simple Simon met a Pieman going to the Fair Says Simple Simon to the Pieman What have you got there,Pies you C#nt.............. Not 1 Fat B*st*rd in picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
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dirtydingusmagee added 07:41 - Jun 29
at last we arent just ''linked'' we damn well WON it ! COYB Pies.Going into new season on pie [if not a high]. Come on Phil must be something else you can unearth /delve into that can keep the momentum going !
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