Friday, 6 June 2014
Cross Gates (sometimes spelled Crossgates) is a suburb in east Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
Wilsons success in the competition also achieved widespread publicity in local and regional newspaper and broadcast media, including personal appearances for the owners, brothers Andrew and John Green, on both BBC Look North and YTV Calendar.
Mind you, the duo were quick to take up the initiative, personally delivering batches of their championship pies to the media, who were highly appreciative of the gesture.
John explains: “We have also had enquiries from further afield. A cafe from Wakefield wanted us to deliver, while a man from Liverpool who works near Skipton asked us to post him some of our award winning pies.
“Winning The Pork Pie Appreciation Society competition has certainly boosted our profile considerably and our sales!
It was third time lucky in 2005 for Wilsons Butchers, based in Austhorpe Road , Crossgates, who had finished runners up in the competition for the previous two years.
Fourth generation butchers, Andrew and John Green, have made remarkable progress since taking over at in Crossgates in 1985. Expansion, diversification and a true commitment to their chosen trade, backed by a skilled and experienced team both in the shop and behind the scenes, have seen Wilsons become one of the best known and most successful butchers in the whole region.
Andrew Green recalls: “In the early days, we operated as a specialist meat shop, before opening an in house bakery and introducing our own home made pies. We haven’t looked back since. The bakery has grown since day one and is going forward all the time.”