One of Cumbria’s most famous butchers has joined forces with a successful Penrith brewery to mix beer and beef in the perfect winter warmer.
Cumbrian food champions Cranstons butchers has teamed up with Eden Brewery, which is based in Brougham Hall, to produce a special steak and ale pie.
Cranstons managing director Philip Cranston said the pie showed just how delicious Cumbrian food could be when businesses from the region worked together.
He said: “Cranstons have been championing local produce for over 100 years, our food halls stock produce from over 40 Cumbrian suppliers and act as a showcase for Cumbrian produce.
“The Cumbrian food scene has never been so exciting with lots of relatively new businesses like Eden Brewery emerging with superb tasting, well presented products.
“Cranstons believe it is important for Cumbrian producers to work together to shout about the excellence of our county’s food.”
The pie - which uses prime cuts of Cumbrian steak in a rich gravy made using the brewery’s Eden Best - will be on sale from all six Cranston’s outlets from November 3 to the New Year.
Caroline Dinham, Cumbrian Food Hall manager, said: “I think our customers will really enjoy this new product, the combination of the tender steak, smoked bacon and Eden Best ale works really well and, when combined with the flaky puff pastry top, is just mouth-watering.’’
Jason Hill, head brewer at Eden Brewery, said: “We always aim to make beer that is a cut above the rest and so it is a pleasure to work with Cranstons who are all about quality.
“I can say from personal experience that this pie really is delicious and I hope it’ll help put a smile on people’s faces through the chilly winter months when we all need a bit of comfort food from time to time.”