A LOCHORE firm was feeling pie high after taking home a gold award from the Scottish Baker of the Year competition.

Bayne's the Family Bakers was among the upper crust after being announced as one of the winners at a ceremony in Glasgow.

It won regional gold awards for its steak pies and strawberry tarts, while they also picked up a national bronze prize for the sweet treat.

The firm's John Bayne said: “We are delighted and we have our customers to thank as it was their votes that got us here!

"Taking home such a prestigious prize is a huge honour and we cannot wait to share the news with our staff and customers alike.”

Following the votes of over 8,000 bakery customers across Scotland and a rigorous day of blind judging by 50 of the industry’s top professionals, the winners were finally announced on June 8 at an awards dinner at the Crowne Plaza.

“This competition is hugely popular, with thousands of everyday bakery shoppers voting for their favourite products,” said head judge, Robert Ross.

“We received over 30,000 individual product votes for goods baked by the best bakers in Scotland. Bayne's the Family Bakers can be very proud to take home a prize in such a competitive field of brilliant products.”

The competition, now in its eighth year, recognises Scotland’s best pies, scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, cakes and biscuits.