~Our story~

From then ‘til now

Then

Way back in 1960s Leicestershire, husband and wife team Trevor and Valerie Storer started making pies.

In 1963, Trevor Storer’s Homemade Pies baked their very first pies. Understandably word of a good pie spreads fast, and the entrepreneurial pair sold over a thousand pies in the first week.

Selling their signature Steak & Kidney pie to pubs, fish and chip shops, and locals, the Storers’ pie popularity picked up quickly, and they soon dreamt up new recipes to keep their happy customers coming back for more.

As the couple’s little bakery continued to grow, it came time for a new name – something that would reflect their deliciously hearty pies and their friendly, close-knit company. That’s how the Storers’ Handmade Pie Company became Pukka, a fun and fashionable Hindi-derived word for all things genuinely, properly good.

Now

Pukka’s still an Independent family company today. We’re just a little bigger, that’s all!

With more than 50 years spent making pies, we’ve become quite the experts.

These days our 350-strong team sells around 60 million pies a year in the UK and even abroad.

But while we may have grown, we’re still based in Leicestershire just a stone’s throw from where it all began, baking all of our pies on site using many of Trevor and Valerie’s original recipes. We’re proud to make pies that are distinctively Pukka, and with our tasty, honest, feel-good food, we put smiles on faces at dinner tables, football games and local chippies.

~ What makes us Pukka? ~

There’s more to being the nation’s favourite than light-as-a-feather pastry and flavoursome fillings.

Values Nº.1 ~ Pukka ~

People

There wouldn’t be a Pukka without all our brilliant people.

We want to be a great company to work for and with, so we’re always open, honest, fair, and dependable.

Values Nº.2 ~ Pukka ~

Individuality

We’re distinctively Pukka – and proud of it.

As an independent family company we’re free to try out ideas, make our own decisions, and be a bit different. After all, who wants to be like everybody else?

Values Nº.3 ~ Pukka ~

Excellence

At Pukka, we don’t make pies.

We make the nation’s favourite pies, and every single one we make should be as tasty, filling, and heart-warming as you – our customers – expect. So, if you’re not completely chuffed with what’s on your plate well, neither are we.

Values Nº.4 ~ Pukka ~

Success

After 50 years we’re doing pretty well, but we’re far from done.

As an ambitious and confident team we’re always looking to do new things, reach more people, and make Pukka bigger and better than ever.

–  Our community

Leicestershire’s been part of what’s made us Pukka since 1963, and we like giving back to our home.

From sponsoring sports teams to supporting local charities, schools and organisations, we roll up our sleeves and get stuck in wherever we can.

Latest charity work

Winter’s an extremely tough time for those living on the streets, so in December we helped out at Open Hands, a homeless charity. We joined staff to serve hot food and mince pies to vulnerable people in Leicester, then a month later launched a sleeping bag collection campaign.

Our Charity of the Year 2017 – LOROS

In 2017 we’ll be donating most of our employee fundraising to LOROS, a local hospice and charity that looks after more than 2,500 people each year. We’re organising a whole range of fundraising events to reach our target, which will provide 25 days of specialist nursing care.

Open Hands

By providing free hot meals, emergency food supplies, furniture, and valuable courses and schemes, Open Hands supports homeless and vulnerable people in Leicester. We’re working with this brilliant charity to help local people by donating food, freezer storage, and cooking facilities.

Rainbows Hospice

We’re members of the Rainbows Hospice Business Club. That means we donate money each month to the East Midlands hospice to provide a sustainable income, helping them care for life-limited children and young people and their families. As part of the Business Club, we also support all of Rainbows’ fundraising events.

Leicestershire Cares

Leicestershire Cares gives every Pukka Pies employee the chance to personally give back to their community and the local area. Anyone on the Pukka team can volunteer time from their working day, whether that means reading in schools, helping with CVs, or taking part in community projects.

Maybe I will indulge my tastebuds this evening with my current obsession… Philly Cheesesteak I swear I am addicted to them!

@PinkDolphinMLtd

I do love myself but I love pukka pies more.

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