Abutcher from Spratton said ‘he is still on cloud nine’ after presenting his award-winning Diamond Pie to Her Majesty The Queen on her recent Diamond Jubilee tour of the East Midlands .
Chris Saul of ‘Sauls of Spratton’ was among a number of county producers representing
the ‘Made In Northamptonshire’ group who were displaying their wares at Burghley House last week.
He was chosen to perform the honour after his aptly named pie was named runner-up in the ‘Best Local Product’ category of the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2011/12.
Chris said:“I still can’t quite get over the fact that I was given such a privileged task,but I suppose it was the perfect gift for Her Majesty to mark her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
“I told the Queen that I was presenting it on behalf of the people of Northamptonshire and she smiled and asked me where it was made, so I told her about our shop in Spratton.
“Beyond that, I have to say it’s all a bit of a blur because I was just so overwhelmed by it all!” he added. If I died tomorrow, I would die a happy man.”
The giant version of the pie - which Sauls have been making for over a decade and which is actually named because of the diamond shape of the filling of pork, chicken and chicken live pâté when you cut into it – was topped with its usual crumbly short crust pastry, to which Chris added the Northamptonshire rose and a crown.