About Us

We like cooking. We take a particular interest in researching and producing British regional recipes…

and take inspiration from the past, re-creating pies and pasties such as Lancashire Foot, Bedfordshire Clangers, Shropshire Fidget and Cumberland Rum Nicky. Local classics such as Eccles cakes and Lancashire Hot Pot also feature prominently in our baking. And of course, Manchester tarts.

Amongst our many awards are 3 gold stars from The Great Taste Awards, a nomination for Best Speciality Product in the North and a listing in the Guild of Fine Food’s Top 50 UK products.

‘Conservationists of northern baking’
– The Guardian
Read about us in The Guardian’s lifestyle supplement

Ann has worked as a professional chef for over 30 years during which time, as a lecturer, she trained chefs for the industry. Qualified to the highest possible professional level, Ann has spent a lifetime researching and cooking food from all over the world.

Clare’s equal interests are food and music and having worked in orchestral management for many years, running The Manchester Tart Company fulfils her long-standing interest in food and cooking.