OUTSTANDING pies at a Weymouth eatery have been praised by judges.

The Handmade Pie & Ale House located opposite Weymouth train station at 2 Queen Street was commended for its pies at this year's British Pie Awards.

The pie and ale house won eight 8 awards, ranging from bronze to gold.

The British Pie Awards have become an institution for pastry-connoisseurs country-wide. The annual event sees hundreds of pie-makers gather for a celebration and competition of this British culinary favourite.

Held each year in Melton Mowbray, the awards have a selection of the most knowledgeable figures in the pie industry on-hand presiding over the day’s proceedings

Ciaran Donaldson from the pub/restaurant said "This year's pie awards was really tough as it is becoming even more popular every year, so we are absolutely blown away by the results."

The Pie & Ale House was awarded silver for its steak and kidney pie, gold for its steak and stilton pie, bronze for its steak & ale pie, silver for its meat & potato pie, gold for its festive pie, gold for its Spanish chicken pie, silver for its veggie Katie's Pie and finally a silver for its gluten free chicken, ham & leek pie.

The pub's menu offers nine ever-changing pie flavours from a possible 57 and its pies are served with either rustic chips or creamy mash and garden peas, mushy peas, proper baked beans or a fresh side salad and famous ‘grandmother's homemade gravy’.