204, 2021

Greenhalghs’ Butter Pie

April 2nd, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Ah yes, the butter pie: talk about a pie which divides opinions.

My personal opinion is that they are pleasant, but I’d always rather have a bit of meat in there if possible.

For the uninitiated, this is a pie made with butter, potato and onion. In much the same way as Friday is “chippy tea” day, the Butter pie was conceived

3003, 2021

Taylor’s Pepper Pie

March 30th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Well, well, we are still in lockdown so my movements are so limited, I can’t even get across to Leigh. However, with a bit of improvisation, it was possible for a few pastry shaped pieces of Leigh to come to me.

Cook & Foragers is a butchers based in Appley Bridge near Wigan who also sell pies. They sell them from

503, 2021

Bald Ambition: Road testing Baldy’s Pies

March 5th, 2021|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

There I was, nervously sat in a deserted pub car park, unaware of the experience that lay ahead. I had been told to wait, flash my lights twice and a stranger would come over. Oh, hang on, wrong blog!!

Thing is, that’s not far off the truth and, it is a sight that has become commonplace throughout the hospitality industry over

403, 2021

The Return of Dawson’s Crust

March 4th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

No, not Dawson’s Creek! Crust!! Anyway, it seems that after a few years’ closure, the legendary Dawson’s Bakery from the Leigh / Tyldesley / Atherton side of the Wigan Borough of Greater Manchester (written as such because both Wigan and Manchester will want to claim these pies as their own) has now re-opened.

Look, let’s cut to the chase here. Dawsons

502, 2021

Steve’s Chicken Curry Pie

February 5th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Now then. Time for a little something different. A mate of mine, Johnny Stafford, who acquired my previous book, the Life of Pies, some years back, had a neighbour who makes his own pies.

What started as a hobby turned into a passion with Steve taking them into work for his colleagues to try. I have got to

202, 2021

Anyone for Beetroot?

February 2nd, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Maybe not, but what about beetroot IN A pie? Well, I’ve give it a go. Mate of mine, Paul (@NorthernCasual) has been testing out the pie range at the new butchers in Standish (Wigan) J McRobbs.

They have a great range of pies, including the aforementioned “Lobbies pie”. Lobbies is a form of Hot pot without the crust

2412, 2020

Bowen’s Meat and Potato Pie

December 24th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Time for another North West fave, although as with Turners Pies, Bowens Pies now serve the whole country.

I didn’t know much about them, when I started my research in Life of Pies, just that they had supplied the pies for the annual Wigan Pie Eating awards. Little did I know that both then and now, they supply

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