The UK’s best mince pies are officially available at SPAR in Northern Ireland.

Beating competition from supermarkets across the UK, judges of the BBC Good Food magazine have hailed SPAR Luxury Mince Pies as winners of the mince pie category for the first time in the 2020 BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards.

The judges said: “These have a lovely golden colour and crumbly, buttery pastry. The filling is sweet and jammy, with nice big chunks of plump, soaked fruit and a good hit of citrus from the candied peel.”

Myles Mersh, SPAR UK Brand Manager, said: “This is a great achievement for SPAR and in particular for our SPAR own label range. Our SPAR Luxury Mince Pies are exceptional quality and we are delighted that the judges of the BBC Good Food magazine were able to taste that. At only £2 for a pack of six, we hope they will bring some joy to thousands of homes in the run up to Christmas.”

Christine Hayes, BBC Good Food magazine Editor-in-Chief, said: “Getting the most for your money will be more important than ever this Christmas so be sure to check our winners before planning your big shop. It’s good to see some great value wins in this year’s taste test, all blind-tested.”

The accolade follows SPAR NI’s own brand Desserts by The Kitchen picking up six Great Taste Awards in the past two years. The sticky toffee pudding and bread and butter pudding were awarded two stars, with the chocolate sponge pudding, Bramley apple crumble and the rhubarb crumble awarded one star in 2019. This year, the chocolate brownie pudding picked up one star.

Neal Kelly, Fresh Foods Director at Henderson Wholesale, owner of the SPAR brand in Northern Ireland said these accolades further heighten their famous for fresh award-winning food credentials; “It is fantastic to see the hard work of our fresh team come to life and be acknowledged by the top palettes in the UK. We are very proud to offer locally made desserts for the festive season, alongside our SPAR UK mince pies providing a tasty end to Christmas dinner for all.”

SPAR Luxury Mince Pies are available in SPAR NI for £2.00.