Hudson’s Pies closes forever
“MEET the meat in the first bite” – that was the slogan for Warwick’s famous Hudson’s Pies.
As news spread of the business’s closure, it was closely followed by a wave of nostalgia.
From the 20-something Allora lass remembering family trips to the Rose City just for that pie, to the slightly older gentleman’s memories of a sobering bite on the way home from the pub – the business was one of Warwick’s most iconic.
Barry Green is the former night editor of the Daily News and he shared his father’s version of the Hudson’s Pie story.
According to Mr Green, Blue Hudson started his pie venture with an old push bike and a wooden cart. He would cycle to the military camp at Morgan Park and sell his produce to hungry soldiers.
“That’s how it all started,” Mr Green said.
“Then of course he got his own premises, something of a “cafe de kerb” with an old wooden caravan with pop-out sides.”
Mr Hudson positioned himself outside what was then the Mayfair Hotel, now Wade Real Estate, on the corner of Palmerin and Grafton streets.
“That was like a takeaway. Blokes would come out of the pub, get their pie, peas and mash and he would serve it with a knife and fork on a china plate,” Mr Green said.
Hudson’s first fixed abode was opened on Ash Wednesday, 1939, where Aldi sits in Warwick now.
Daryl Fitzgerald was Mr Hudson’s apprentice at 15 years old and after serving under his mentor for 20 years, Daryl began renting the store in 1982 and purchased it in 1992.
All those years, Mr Fitzgerald used Mr Hudson’s tried and tested, secret recipe, which he passed down to his own son Darren.
“The recipe was pretty special,” Mr Fitzgerald told the Daily News.
“It’s something Blue made up in the ‘30s and it just developed from there.
“We never changed it.”
It was that famous recipe that kept people like Mr Green coming back time and time again.
“I was brought up on Hudson’s Pies.
“They were the first solid food I ever ate when I was taken off my mother’s breast.”
It has been reported that people travelled from as far away as Melbourne to sample the “meet the meat in the first bite” pie.
They were even allegedly taken to Vietnam by local soldiers during the war.
Adam and Sarah Butler were handed the reigns and the recipe when they took the business over three years ago and it moved to the Palmerin Street site.
However, the couple decided they wanted to spend more time with their young family and put the shop on the market.
They were unable to sell the business and had to close their doors at the weekend.