PERFECT pies could put Cheshire on the map in a national competition.

Two local pubs are in the running to be the face of British Pie Week 2010, taking place this week.

Both The Bird In Hand, Guilden Sutton, and The White Horse, Churton, have seen their popular pastries put forward for the competition.

Supporters of The Bird In Hand’s Welsh Black Beef and Special Ale Pie are hoping it makes the shortlist.

Landlord Lloyd Palmer introduced food to the pub when he took over in October. And the pie itself, created by chef Emma-Jane Woodhouse, uses ale from Waverton’s own Spitting Feathers brewery.

He said: “It is delicious. We try to keep all of the food local and the best fresh ingredients possible.

“We keep it at a reasonable price too. The pie has certainly gone down well.”

The White Horse, Chester Road, Churton, has put forward their Boeuf a la Bourguignonne Pie.

Stuart Ellams, co-landlord and pie creator at the White Horse said: “We used to change the pie with the seasonal menu but we’ve just kept the Boeuf a la Bourguignonne pie because it has been so popular.”

Pies have been a staple dish in England since the 12th century – and for very good reason. The traditional British pie is not just a pie – it’s a way of life. It’s part of our heritage, like a stick of Brighton rock or a pint of best bitter.

JUS-ROL, British Pie Week’s biggest supporter asked UK pubs to submit their recipes and are now in the process of judging all of the weird and wonderful creations.

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