A pie-making company which make its award-winning food delights just minutes from where Bob Mortimer grew up have offered the famous Teesside comic a box full of them – for free.
Mortimer jokingly Tweeted “justifies a weekend pie” after the Middlesbrough-born slapstick genius Retweeted a post from Bafta, announcing he’d been shortlisted for an award.
One of Teesside’s most famous sons, Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse’s programme Gone Fishing has been shortlisted in the features category of Bafta’s TV awards in May, alongside Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip; The Great British Bake Off; and Who Do You Think You Are?.
Pie Jackers was launched by career switch couple Julie and Neil Fletcher three years ago – and they make their hugely popular artisan pies from their base just 50 yards from where Mortimer grew up on Tollesby Road in Middlesbrough.
“Bob can have as many pies as he wants!” joked Julie. “We saw him Tweet about having a pie to celebrate being shortlisted by Bafta, and we thought – as award-winning pie makers who operate in Bob’s hometown – we should get in touch and offer him a free box full of them.
“It’s fantastic to see Bob shortlisted in the TV awards and, whether he wants to try our pies or not, we’ll be rooting for him all the way!”
Pie Jackers is no stranger to award ceremonies themselves. Their gourmet pies have scooped no less than seven accolades at the British Pie Awards – two golds, three silvers and two bronze medals.
Winning recipes have included Steak Guinness and Black Pudding, Hotshot Chicken, Game Pie with venison and pheasant, Squash Spinach and Blue Cheese and Rabbie’s Game Pie made with pheasant and haggis.
It’s a remarkable story for the pair who left their PR and Marketing roles to launch their pie business in 2016.
One of the couple’s goals is to supply pies to one family-run outlet in every town across Teesside and North Yorkshire and they’re already some way to achieving that goal.
“Just like Bob, we’re passionate about pies!” added Julie.
“We’re lucky in that we make them for a living – it’s a dream job.”
Their pies are on the menu at Sticky Fingers Café/Bar in Middlesbrough, Oliver’s Fish and Chip Restaurant in Redcar, Whinstone View at Great Ayton, Taste Tea and Coffee Shop in Saltburn and Billingham micro pub The Crafty Cock.
Pie Jackers also trades at farmers’ markets across Teesside and North Yorkshire including Stokesley, Saltburn, Stewart Park, Wynyard Hall, Richmond and Masham.
And, just to make sure they almost never have a spare minute Julie and Neil also cater parties from their customised catering trailer which they’ve nicknamed the Pie Pod.