FAIR-goers at Fantasy Island theme park in Ingoldmells can now tuck into Yorkshire’s finest fare following the opening of the UK’s first Pie People shop.
North Yorkshire’s Pie People bakery opened its first retail outlet at the Lincolnshire based seaside hot spot over Easter – so people can take away a true Yorkshire pie while they ride.
The family-run bakery, which has been making and baking pies for more than 60 years at its base in Scarborough, will be offering its range of deep-filled premium short crust pastry pies to holidaymakers in a specially built takeaway and café inside the Castaways Pub, right at the heart of the park under the roar of the roller coaster rides.
Freshly cooked on site, pie-lovers will not be able to ‘dodgem’ the traditional favourites such as steak and ale, chicken and gravy or more unusual fillings such as beef tagine and chicken tikka.
The shop will also sell the Pie People’s flagship product, ‘The Wedge’ – a unique triangular pie, shaped like a slice of cake – a UK first, and, at a whopping 320g, a complete meal in a pie!
General manager and former chef Andrew Harvey, who is heading up the Fantasy Island operation, said: “We’re really excited about the next few months.
“We feel there’s a real gap in the market for good quality pies on the high street – we homebake small batches of the pies in our bakery in Scarborough to a proven family recipe, and then each pie will be freshly cooked on site in Skegness.”
Fantasy Island visitors can ‘grab and go’ from the Pie People’s takeaway and café, based inside the pub on Sea View, or tuck into its carvery in the Scallywag Show Bar, and fresh-baked baguettes and paninis in the amusement arcade.
The flagship ‘Wedge’ is already available in supermarkets across the UK, with 30,000 of the unique pies being sold to Morrison’s and other retailers each week.
Plans are already in the ‘pieline’ to open a second Pie People site in London this summer, and roll out the concept across the country to similar visitor attractions, sporting venues and events this year.
“It’s an exciting year ahead,” said Andrew Harvey. “We’re hoping to have our fingers in many more pies yet!”