Pie’s the limit for pub challenge

ALL SET: Janice Forbes, from Hartlepool & District Hospice (left), with piemaker Thelma Adams, from the Causeway pub
ALL SET: Janice Forbes, from Hartlepool & District Hospice (left), with piemaker Thelma Adams, from the Causeway pub

COMPETITIVE pie-makers will go head-to-head in a cook-off for charity tonight – and are urging people to grab a slice of the action.

Thelma Adams, 49, could be described as a corned beef pie expert.

The landlady of the Causeway Pub, in Stranton, Hartlepool, makes dozens of pies every day to delight her regulars at the boozer.

But tonight Thelma’s skills will be put to the test after customer Jeff Pounder claimed he could make a better pie.

After a light-hearted war of words it was decided there was only one way to settle the debate – a cook-off.

Thelma and her partner and landlord Sean Bell, 45, organised the event for tonight along with a quiz and entertainment with all funds raised set to be donated to Hartlepool & District Hospice.

And the quirky idea proved that popular other regulars are going to come along with their home-made efforts in an attempt to steal the show.

Thelma, a mum-of-three, said: “It started out with Jeff claiming he could make a better pie than me so we said we would have a pie-off.

“Since then other people have got involved, they could end up beating both of us now.”

The pies will be judged tonight by well-known Hartlepool restaurateur Krimo Bouabda, Janice Forbes from the Wells Avenue-based hospice and a representative from the Flagship Restaurant at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The fun begins at 7pm with tickets – including pie and peas, of course – costing £3.

Each pie will be judged on texture, appearance and taste.

Thelma and Sean have had a plate made for the maker of the winning pie and say they hope to now make the contest an annual event.

Janice Forbes, community and events facilitator at the hospice, said: “Good luck to Thelma and Jeff.

“It’s a unique event and I’m expecting a really fun night.

“I hope everyone has a fantastic time and I would like to thank the two of them for choosing to raise funds for their local hospice.”

More than 100 tickets have already been snapped up but more are available for tonight’s event.

The fundraiser will get underway at around 7pm.

Tickets are priced at £3 and include a pie and peas supper.

For more information call the pub on (01429) 273954.