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Ceiriog Valley hotel win 2017 Year of Legends Pie Challenge!

The Mulberry Inn, Llwynmawr (Ceiriog Valley) won the prestigious Year of Legends Pie Challenge on Friday at Coleg Cambria.

The annual foodie challenge, now in it's third year, celebrates the best of local Welsh produce and encourages local restaurants and cafes to develop a quality dish that will tempt new visitors to come and try it.  

Friday's final, run by the North East Wales tourism team in association with Coleg Cambria saw three finalists = the Mulberry Inn, Bellis Brothers (Holt) and the Alyn Rossett battle it out over the stoves before presenting their three pies to head chef's Robert Didier (Orchard Pigs, Wrexham) and Dai Chef (Tir Y Coed, Conwy) along with catering assessors from the college.

Although close, the Mulberry Inn's Celtic pride lamb pie, marinaded in mead with apricots took home the winning trophy, followed by second place Bellis Brothers and in third place, the Alyn.

Head chef at the Mulberry Inn, Richard Sommers was delighted to win.  He said;

"Over the last month, the Mulberry Inn has sold around 230 of these pies and attracted some great new custom - many of whom will no doubt return.  Of course, we're delighted to have also won today and we hope that the pie goes on to be a success for the St David's Day festival and further raises the awareness of the Ceiriog Valley as a tourist destination."

The challenge, backed by Welsh Governments Regional Tourism Engagement Funding was open to businesses registered as local tourism ambassadors and Destination Manager at Wrexham Council Joe Bickerton added;

"Each year, interest in these foodie challenges grows and to hear that the Mulberry Inn had a lot of new visitors - partly due to their pie and the PR it attracted in February was great to hear!  Tourism continues to grow in our area and it's important that we celebrate and offer the best local produce on our menus to ensure that people have the best experience when staying with us."

For more images from Friday's final, check out our gallery below...

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