Pub and punters full to bursting at pork-pie contest

The Leeds Arms in Scarborough’s old town was full to bursting for its annual pork-pie competition.

After scoffing the 16 entries, many of the punters were too.

The pies - all home-made - were arranged on a long table at the back of the bar.

The judges were Market Hall butcher Mark Nockels, retired butchers Dave Horsley and Ken Jennings and the borough mayor, Cllr Joe Plant.

They looked at the external and internal appearance of each pie and tasted it. Soggy bottoms resulted in automatic disqualification.

The winner, Martin Bland, couldn’t be present because of a prior engagement. He was represented by his father Pete, who said it was the first time Martin had won, after competing for five years.

“His mum Marilyn is a superb cook”, Pete said. “He comes from a long line of good cooks on the maternal side”.

In second place was Bruce Temple, followed by Keith Gadsby in third place and Tom Fox in fourth.

The competition was started as a bit of fun about 25 years ago, when the late Les Jenson ran the pub. Les and Colin Jenkinson, aka Bilt, engaged in friendly banter about the merits of pork pies and challenged each other to bake one. Over the years, other people joined in.

Today, the contest is organised by landlady Marie Wood and landlord Dennis Machon.

The entry fees and donations made by samplers go to the Fishermen and Firemen’s Charity.