Scrumptious Scrimshaw’s

Mimi ON Aug 25, 2011 AT 1:56 pm

Scrimshaw's Pork Pies

Scrimshaw's Pork Pies

by John Gregory-Smith

I love pork pies! Forget those slightly strange, anaemic-looking, mass-market things, which have 2% animal product in them that you just know is tails and snouts. I’m talking about a hand made thing of utter beauty. You have to look for a really good one; pubs, farmers markets and high end delis usually hit the nail on the head and when you find a one that’s perfect it’s the best thing ever.

At a recent visit to Harvey Nichols food hall I stumbled across a real winner – Scrimshaw’s Pork Pies, from Melton Mowbray in Nottingham. They were the most amazing pork pies, perfectly seasoned moist pork, crispy buttery pastry that wasn’t too thick and the perfect balance of soft jelly. A glass of cold beer and a spoonful of mustard and I would have been in heaven, had I not eaten every last crumb before I got out of the lift on the ground floor!

Not only were Scrimshaw’s pork pies delicious, they also had the most amazing story. Thomas Scrimshaw, a butcher and confectioner, who farmed in Nottinghamshire in the 1930s and 1940s, produced a delicious pork pie. At his peak he had 13 shops bearing the name scattered around the city, which thrived for over 20 years. Sadly, at the early age of 42, Thomas passed away and the business was sold on. Fast forward to present day, Thomas’s granddaughter Olivia, a marketing manager in London, decided to revive the brand and bring back Scrimshaw’s Pork Pies, with a new taste for the 21st century.

Olivia has done a fantastic job reviving a classic British brand. Please go and try these amazing pork pies. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Scrimshaw’s Pork Pies are available in Harvey Nichols and a few select outlets across the UK.

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