Where to find Scotland's best football pies

Everyone loves a hearty half-time pie but which of Scotland's stadiums offer the best?

Published 4th Mar 2024
Updated 4 th Mar 2024

With the cheapest average season ticket price in the SPFL being around £299, it's the little things like a warm cup of Bovril and a delicious pie at half time that can add a little value to your match experience.

As with all things in football, having the best half-time pie served at your ground can be a real draw for fans and become a source of pride - and of course bragging rights.

So which stadiums in Scotland actually do serve Scotland's best football pies?

Scotland's best football pies

The 2024 football prize at the recent 2024 Scotch Pie Awards went to Irvine's Ltd for their steak pie. They supply Beith Juniors FC.

Taking the gold award was Brownings the Bakers Ltd, Kilmarnock, known for the famous Killie Pie sold at Kilmarnock's Rugby Park, meaning they maintained their position as the best in the Scottish Premiership.

Another gold medal winner was D H Robertson for Arbroath for their Steak and Black Pudding Pie, which you can get at Arbroath Football Club.

The silver medals went to: Cafev8, Inverness for their Steak n Gravy, which are served at Inverness Caledonian Thistle. They also won for their  Steak n Gravy pies at Ross County Football Club;  Christie the Baker in Airdrie's Scotch pie also was named in the silver category. You can get their pies at Albion Rovers.

Other silver awards went to W F Stark from Buckhaven for their Scotch pie, which you can enjoy at Thornton Hibs; Wrights Butchers from East Kilbride for their Kilby Pie, on sale at East Kilbride FC.

Bronze awards went to Boghall Butchers in Bathgate for their Steak and Gravy Pie, available at Pumpherston Juniors FC; D H Robertson from Arbroath for their Steak Pie, which is on sale Arbroath Victoria F C; and Pie Sports in Glasgow for the Steak Pie Deluxe, which you can pick up at Partick Thistle Football Club.

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Scotland's best Scotch Pie

World Championship Scotch Pie Awards

Picture: World Championship Scotch Pie Awards

If you truly want Scotland's best Scotch pie then you'll have to head to Blairgowrie to James Pirie & Son, who was crowned the winner of the 2024 World Championship Scotch Pie Awards.

The business, who won the competition in 2018, 2020 and 2022 as well as taking the title World Scotch Pie Champion of Champions in 2021 with their Scotch Pie, were told on 16 January that their pies have once again been named the best in the world.

The competition is organised by industry associations Scottish Bakers and Scottish Craft Butchers, with the aim of promoting the very best local produce.

78 butchers and bakers entered almost 500 varieties of pies, pasties, sausage rolls, bridies, savouries and apple pies in this year’s competition.

But what makes a pie worthy of a prize?

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Ronnie Murdoch, director of Murdoch Brothers butchers in Forres, believes its an art difficult to master.

His business won the inaugural football pie category in 2013, although no longer supplies local side Forres Mechanics.

“You’re looking to get the balance of meat and gravy right,” he said. “If the gravy is too thin, it will pour all over you - which you don’t want at the football.

“It’s also vital to have a good shell, so the whole thing doesn’t collapse when you try to pick it up.”

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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