Yo ho ho for tasty mince pies

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A MAMMOTH baking session at West Suffolk Hospital has been under way to make sure patients and staff all enjoy some festive goodies.

This year, catering staff at the hospital have made around 7,000 mince pies and have been hard at work baking batches since mid-September.

While 800 or so will be eaten by patients at Christmas and on New Year’s Day and others sold in the hospital’s Courtyard Café and the Time Out staff restaurant, the vast majority will be enjoyed off site.

The mince pies have been so popular that the catering team take orders each year from staff wanting to take the tasty treats home for their families.

They have been averaging around 300 pies a day, using a total of 140kg of pastry each day.

Demand has increased so much that the team sell out each year no matter how many they produce.

Veronica Hall, catering manager, said: “We fit the baking around out usual day job so start making the pies early on so we can get them finished in good time for the festive season.”