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Fordingbridge's Riverside Kiosk pork pies scoop silver at British Pie Awards

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A FORDINGBRIDGE pie maker who runs a kiosk on the town's recreation ground has picked up silver at this year's British Pie Awards in Melton Mowbray.

Nigel Davis (61) has been making pork pies to sell at the Riverside Kiosk since it was built around eight years ago and he began renting it from Fordingbridge Town Council.

"This is a national competition that attracts hundreds of entries so it's really great that I managed to get silver," he told the A&T. "I got bronze last year – so hopefully next year I'll win gold.

Nigel Davis and Riverside Kiosk manager May Summers Perkins
Nigel Davis and Riverside Kiosk manager May Summers Perkins

"The judges commented on the great flavour, with the negative being that the pastry was a touch overcooked – it was good to know because now I see how I can improve for next time."

Nigel gets his pork from New Pastures butchers in Godshill and makes his pies in the kiosk, and in fact they have become so popular that he sometimes struggles to keep up with demand.

"The kiosk isn't just a place to get tea and ice cream," he said. "As well as the pies, which include a frozen chicken, ham and leek pie with accompanying cooking instructions which can be taken home and cooked in the comfort of your own home, we sell sandwiches, toasties and cakes.

"I make my own lollipops, called Lilypops named after my daughter, using fruit juice with no added sugar, and I even went through a stage of making my own cola but parents had a bit of a struggle getting steering their kids away from the big brands."

Kiosk manager May Summers Perkins said the award was testament to the "oustanding" quality of Nigel's pies.

"His passion for good simple food has made the Riverside Kiosk the success it is today," she said.

Nigel, a father-of-two from Fordingbridge, has worked as a head chef at various world-renowned hotels in London, but left the industry after struggling to recruit "passionate young chefs".

"I looked closer to home and took on the kiosk," he said. "What I love about running the kiosk is that I can cook whatever I like – I'm making great tasting food that's simple; there's nothing fancy about it!"

Michael hopes to increase his pie offering in the near future, and is also aiming to supply local shops in the area.

Michael also raises money for local charities, and the 10% from the sale of his homemade lollipops goes to local good causes.

"The kiosk is not just a place to get food and drink," he said. "I see it as very much a part of the local community."

Visit www.riversidekiosk.co.uk

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