PROUD OWNERS: Jim and Dianne Turnbull from Grandma’s Gourmet Pies
PROUD OWNERS: Jim and Dianne Turnbull from Grandma’s Gourmet Pies Claudia Baxter

A large appetite for pies, sweet treats and ... success

The humble pie is one of Australia’s favourite foods.
The humble pie is one of Australia’s favourite foods. Claudia Baxter

A REVIEW of research into the humble meat pie reveals that it is considered one of Australia's favourite foods. They come in all flavours and a range of styles but it seems that Aussies love to top the meat pie off with some tomato sauce, followed closely by mash and peas, of course they need to be squishy. Grandma's Gourmet Pies opened earlier this year at North Ipswich and each day they prove just how popular pies are.

Grandma's Gourmet Pies offers an extensive range of pies along with other tasty treats. For owners Dianne and Jim Turnbull, this is a fresh start after having been attached to a Big Dad's franchise over several years.

"We started out building up the franchise at Redbank Plains. We have six years with that business, four at Redbank Plains and then two at Downs St North Ipswich," Dianne said.

The move from Redbank Plains to Downs St occurred in December 2010 and the husband and wife were affected by the flood through power outages and many customers being isolated. Through it all they kept things going. The Big Dad franchise ceased to exist in Ipswich and left Dianne and Jim with the opportunity to do something themselves.

February 15 this year there were major change to Grandma's Gourmet Pies.

"We had the equipment, and the offer to move into the shop under our own business which was a viable way for us to go. Rather than going into something else we stayed with pies," she said.

"We have a range of gourmet pies from a manufacturer that we are really pleased with. The pies are from a production facility and we searched for six months to find the one we are happy with," Dianne said. According to Dianne the quality of the pies are exceptional and of course they are affordable.

"We have the traditional meat pies which are either chunky or mince, chicken and our breakfast pie which is egg and bacon, vegetarian plus many others. We also have the old-fashion Cornish pasties and the ever popular sausage rolls," she said.

The product is shipped in and baked fresh on the premises. This is a popular and cost-effective way of being able to provide a quality pie. They also carry a range of pies for the family that sell at four for $10.

Apart from the pies they have quiche, a sandwich bar with pre-made as well as made-to-order sandwiches, and wraps catering for those looking for a healthy meal to dine in or take away.

"We do offer pies, potato and gravy as a meal and that is very popular at the moment and of course with the colder weather around is a good way to warm up."

They have cakes, tartlets and slices plus coffee and tea.

"We are hoping to see more locals use this as a meeting place to catch up with a friend," Dianne said.

Dianne brings a wealth of experience in sales and marketing and has been around the food industry and customer service through her working life.

DELICIOUS: Cherry Ripe slice and mint slice from Grandma’s Gourmet Pies in North Ipswich.
DELICIOUS: Cherry Ripe slice and mint slice from Grandma’s Gourmet Pies in North Ipswich. Claudia Baxter

"Jim was a cabinetmaker by trade and we are both Ipswich people, even went to the North Ipswich State School. We love the city. Jim did retire at one time but he did not like it so here we are."

Both of them love what they are doing and happy to have made the transition into their own business.

"We liked the idea of what Big Dad's were doing but when they got into financial struggles it made it hard. Jim and I are very pleased to have the chance to start fresh and offer a good product, a full new range from a different supplier and it is ours," she said.

"We also do catering orders for collection and welcome any enquiries for that. I am looking for gluten free products where we can. The pies are a good meal and they are not gristly or fatty."

The life size "granny" at the front of the store is a real talking point and sets the tone for the new look business.

"We want people to see us now; it's all new and all good quality food. It's friendly and welcoming" Dianne said.

Treat yourself whatever the occasion, including corporate or other functions. Call into Grandma's Gourmet Pies, 114 Downs St, North Ipswich, or call them on 3282 9263.

They are open from 7am each day and until 3pm Monday and Tuesday, the rest of the working week until 5.30pm and Saturday 4pm, Sunday 2pm.



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