Local firms join forces to create unique mince pie


Two of Lewes’ most popular institutions, The Hearth Pizzeria and Harveys Brewery, have come together to celebrate Christmas in the form of a unique mince pie.

Taking a secret family recipe, handed down by the grandfather of The Hearth’s owner, Michael Hanson, they used Harveys’ Christmas ale to add a uniqueness of flavour to the mincemeat.

“When I first tried the Christmas Ale, I knew its rich and fruity flavours would work wonders on my granddad’s recipe, so immediately went over to see Harveys about working together.

“As well as the Harveys’ beer, the homemade mince pies are made with flour from our own locally grown heritage wheat, plus locally scrumped apples and churned butter. Plus, every pie is hand made, in the old fashioned way,” said Michael Hanson.

“We believe in working with local businesses, so when Michael came to us suggesting that we celebrated the season with mince pies using our own Christmas Ale and his family recipe, we jumped at the opportunity, especially after trying them, and immediately placed an order.

“We’ll also be running an in-store video of the mince pie making, which perfectly captures the homemade nature of their creation,” added Adam Bagnall, manager of The Harveys Store.

The pies are handmade in small batches at The Hearth, Lewes. A video of the ‘making of’ will be shown in Harveys shop, but is also available on The Hearth’s website.

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