Royal reception for Topping's Pies

Royal reception for Topping's Pies

When Bill Topping opened his first butcher’s shop in a little suburb of Doncaster in 1961, little did he know that the company would one day be baking for the Queen.

The family-owned Topping Pie Company has baked a special ‘Queen’s Pie’ which has been delivered to the royal chef at Windsor Castle ahead of the Queen’s birthday tomorrow (21 April).

Developed from an original recipe by Bill’s daughter-in-law Maggie Topping, who took inspiration from Victorian pies, the 2.2kg Queen’s Pie is a three layer combination of pork meat and game.

The recipe teams British Red Tractor pork meat with a double layer of duck breast and guinea fowl breast marinated in mandarin orange segments, juice and orange curd and a layer of mandarin orange, Cointreau and orange juice stuffing, topped off with mandarin orange segments.

Roger Topping, managing director and son of Bill, said: “We decided to celebrate our monarch’s special birthday by baking a pie to an original recipe created by my wife, Maggie, whose love of home baking really changed the landscape of our business.

“We are delighted to be given permission to deliver it to the Queen’s chef for her to enjoy.”

The Topping family are no strangers to royal attention as three generations welcomed The Princess Royal to their bakery in Chappell Drive in 2009 during a tour of Doncaster.

Andrew Coombe, lord-lieutenant of South Yorkshire, said: “I know that the Princess Royal very much enjoyed visiting Toppings’ pies and it pleases me greatly that the company has carried on its proud association by producing the commemorative offering.

“It is a touching gesture that has been graciously received by her majesty’s chef.”

Limited edition versions of the Queen’s Pie also went on sale at the Topping Pie outlets in Doncaster market and the Frenchgate Centre, as well as at Selfridges, Oxford Street and Fenwicks Food Hall in Newcastle.

The Queen marks her milestone birthday after becoming Britain’s longest serving monarch, surpassing her great great grandmother Queen Victoria last year.