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Westwell’s Meat and Potato Pie (RIP)

The sad part about refreshing my database, as I continue to collate my new book, is finding out that so many fine, traditional bakers have fallen by the wayside. Sure, new entrants have come along. Lockdown, in particular, for all it’s drawbacks, has given lots of people the chance to seize an opportunity that they might never have taken, to

January 9th, 2022|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Pie Mill Blencathra Beef in Ale Pie

This was another pie, picked up for me by my good mate Paul, which was procured from the superlative Tebay Farm Shop. Their range of pies is truly impressive and you will have to check out their website to get the full experience here. Suffice to say, that many of the ingredients are sourced locally in the Lakes, or bear

Burchall’s Pork Pie

I recently found myself in St Helens (not in that sense) and with a rumbling tummy, it felt like there was only one place to divert myself towards. Burchall’s produce one of the best pork pies in the North West, if not the country (they came joint top in Life of Pies, sharing the spoils with Hopkins of Birkenshaw and

November 23rd, 2021|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Brockleby’s Northerner Meat and Potato Pie

After our recent pie judging trip to Melton Mowbray, we decided to see what else the town has to offer in pie form, in addition to the "famous" Dickinson & Morris pork pie. There are several other independent pie makers in the town, and two of them in particular, are very highly regarded in their own right. Myself, and my

November 7th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The Crusty Cob Meat and Potato Pie (RIP)

Sadly, this is one from the archives, from a place that is no more, yet it was one of the favourite pies I had whilst on my previous mission. They were another Maurice Twomowers recommendation, similar to Slatterys but of the four pies I had that day, this was by far the best. Sadly, the Crusty Cob ceased trading a

October 28th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Murray’s Butchers Steak Pie

My mate, Paul aka Northern Casual found himself in Glasgow again recently. I received the following message: “I’m going to a butchers/deli nearby, on their website it says they sell homemade steak pies so if they’ve got some in, do you want some to try?” Is there ever likely to be a negative answer to this question from your correspondent

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

Judging at the 2021 British Pie Awards

It was once again a pleasure to attend the British Pie Awards in Melton Mowbray this week. The previous awards were held in March 2020, just a matter of days before the country plunged into the first of several lockdowns and the world changed for bakers, and indeed most people, everywhere. This year’s event was moved from March to September

September 17th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments
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