When one group of pub regulars go home pie eyed, it is not the fault
For the past 12 months they have finished off their weekly keep fit
sessions with an exercise in meat pie munching.
Pies have been brought in from as far afield as Todmorden,
Littleborough, Halifax and Huddersfield but the team are now looking
for new recipes to tickle their taste buds.
“It all started in a very light hearted way when someone brought a
pie for a snack but now we take it all very seriously,” said member Mr
The men, who attend the Athena Health Club, Ripponden, on Saturday
afternoons now take it in turns to bring a batch of pies from their
These are studied, sniffed, munched and given marks for quality at
the tasting sessions in the Bridge Inn, Ripponden.
In 12 months the group have gone through meat pies from more than 40
Top marks have gone to a butcher in Golcar, Huddersfield, while some
of the worst pies have come from Todmorden.
“And the thing we have found is that the worst pies cost the most,”
said Mr Mensah.
“Now we are struggling to find new types and there has even been talk
about bringing them from London.”