Leeds butcher’s bags are famous across the world

ALL ON THE WALL: Butcher Steve Martin with his photo wall.
ALL ON THE WALL: Butcher Steve Martin with his photo wall.
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You could call it an international meat-ing of minds – or maybe it’s just the life of pie.

But either way, it seems award-winning Leeds butchers firm Bentley’s has become a genuine global phenomenon – and all because of its distinctive plastic bags.

The Pudsey firm – usually famous for its award-winning pork pies – has become the star of a series of globe-trotting adventures which have now been chronicled on a photo-wall in the Robin Lane shop.

It all began with a loyal lady customer who posed in front of the Egyptian pyramids holding a Bentley’s pork pie and a bag bearing the firm’s logo.

The snap sparked a craze among the shop’s patrons who took their holiday snaps holding the distinctive carrier bags.

Now the bags have travelled to around 30 exotic and far-flung locations, even bringing a flavour of Yorkshire to Hong Kong.

Shop owner Steve Martin, who has run the business for 20 years, said; “It all started out when one of our customers said she had been to Egypt and told us ‘you have to see this photo’.

“She was standing in front of the pyramids with a pork pie and one of our carrier bags.

“It was so hilarious we had to put it up, and it just snowballed.

“We have got photos coming in thick and fast from all over the world.

“It’s got to the stage now that the wall has run out of space and we are having to choose only the best photos to put up.”

Other snaps include groups of children in Uganda proudly brandishing the bag, a butcher’s shop in Ethiopia with an added Yorkshire touch, and even a bride and groom on their wedding day posing with a Bentley’s bag.

Mr Martin added: “It’s some light-hearted fun amongst all the bad news.”

This is not the first time Bentley’s has been in the limelight.

Last year it won the Yorkshire Pork Pie Supreme Championship, and the Supreme Sausage Championship honours in 2010.


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