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Trevisick’s Pie Emporium

Muddy says: You will want to eat ALL the pies, pasties and Scotch eggs from this Barnstaple bakery. And that’s a good thing, as their palm-oil free pastry is helping to save the planet.

 We’re rightly proud of our pasty here in Devon and there are even those who like nothing better than a debate over which is the best: Devon’s or Cornwall’s? Well, Trevisick’s Pies in Barnstaple have settled it once and for all for your Muddy Devon editor *not biased at all*. Trevisick’s was once a legendary pie in North Devon, made by J Trevesick Pork Butchers and a long distant memory, until partners Nick (who worked there 40 years ago) and Marcus Lock decided to bring it back to life, with a modern eco-friendly twist, palm oil free.

The pair have gone from making the oval steak and kidney pie by hand on a kitchen table to serving up 500 a week to the famished locals. Also on the takeaway menu are a traditional Raymond’s pasty (meat, potato but no swede), Homity pie, a plate pasty that is, you guessed it, as big as a plate, pork and gala pies, vegan pasties and Scotch eggs – all freshly made on the busy Boutport Street premises and free from nasty additives. Nick and Marcus don’t just care about the past, they care about the future, especially where it comes to deforestation and habitat and so use butter, olive and sunflower oil, making them the first pie company in the UK and the world to be certified palm oil free.

Nick, who lives with an auto-immune lung disease and has a colourful past as a circus entertainer (he performed at the 1988 Royal Variety Show) now employs 8 staff, all with a disability, and has just scooped a 10K prize for his efforts in the Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs with Leonard Cheshire. These are my kinda pie guys – and the pies are the best I’ve tasted.

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