A local butcher has been recognised for his talents and won an award for having the 'best' steak pie in the region.

A classic steak pie made from a 'secret' family recipe has seen James Chapman (Butchers) Ltd beat stiff competition from nearly 100 entries to be crowned the best in the west of Scotland at the Scottish Craft Butchers (SCB) Awards 2023.

The Wishaw shop was first established in 1892 when current owner Jamie Chapman's great-grandmother bought it. 

They have expanded to five locations in the Lanarkshire area - Motherwell, Cleland, Carluke and two in Wishaw - and employ over 80 people.

Jamie said: “Steak pies are a mainstay of our business and their popularity with our customers has never been in any doubt, so it’s just fantastic to finally get recognition for what we’ve always believed is a star product.”

Now with the new accolade to their name, Jamie thinks demand could be even greater for their steak pies, especially with Christmas and New Year around the corner. 

He added: “We’ve always known it was a good product. That’s why we’ve only tweaked our old family recipe over the years rather than look for something different.

“The beauty is we are able to select our own prime quality meat carcasses, cut the steak by hand, make our own pastry and add our secret family gravy – it really is a unique product and it’s all our own work.”

Glasgow Times:

Gordon King, executive manager of Scottish Craft Butchers, said: “Nearly 100 steak pies were forwarded to the awards evaluation from butchers the length and breadth of Scotland.

“We always have a strong entry for this category as every butcher wants to be the champion in the run-up to Christmas and New Year.

"A steak pie is a staple for all Scottish butchers - it's traditional fare and a favourite of customers everywhere.

"But making the perfect pie is what they all strive for and this year it's James Chapman Butchers that made the tastiest in the West of Scotland.”