Lidl Sol Y Mar Chicken with Pastry filling

By |2022-07-15T12:40:22+01:00July 15th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Chicken pie|Tags: , , , , |

Now then, these aren’t described as a pie as such but then again, they sure look more like a pie than a lot of not-fully encased products that pass through my kitchen, so in they go.

There is a Spanish flavour to these, and I am delighted to see that the ingredients include white wine, chorizo, piri piri and lemon in here. Should be quite the taste sensation.

They come in a pack of four, and only weighing in at 80 grammes each, so best to have at least two I reckon. I pop them in the oven, and wait. Fifteen minutes in, the pastry is colouring nicely, and there’s a bit of paprika dusted boil out emerging, nothing too enticing on the smell front, but the ornately crimped top crust is holding it’s shape nicely

The pastry needs watching though here. After 25 mins in the oven, the top is starting to turn brown but when I pop it out the tray, the underneath isn’t very well cooked (and the recommended cooking time is 15 to 20 minutes) It feels like the heat isn’t going to penetrate the foil tray without burning the roof, so I feel like now is the time to dive in.

I serve these up with chips and veg, what with them only being mince pie sized, and the look, feel and even taste of the pastry is lovely and buttery on top, with a beautiful hand folded crimp. Sadly, it all goes downhill the further we go, with at least 50% of the pastry, the bottom half basically, being raw.

I could take the blame for this, or blame my oven but cooking instructions were followed and even extended and to prolong the cooking any more would have only resulted in a burnt top crust. Anyway, let us have a look inside.

Filling wise, I am impressed to see some sizable chunks of chicken breast in there and there’s a few little flecks of red and orange chorizo and carrot (?) to compliment it. It is otherwise a touch on the dry side, in spite of it’s soggy bottom.

I purchased them as part of Lidl’s Spanish week, I thought that they looked like intriguing little things and indeed they were. But in short, I would not recommend, unless you can torch the pastry through the foil tray, without causing internal dryness to the filling. You really shouldn’t have to though.

I suppose if you do find yourself in Lidl and needing a pie, I can instead heartily recommend their veggie range, Mrs T really likes them. By contrast, she left half of this one, thus resulting it in a firm and decisive “nil points” from our household.

THE FINER DETAILS

Price: £1.99 for a pack of four from Lidl

Oh you know where to find Lidl, I don’t need to give you any more details

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Dickinson & Morris Fruit topped Pork Pie

By |2022-07-01T14:27:44+01:00July 1st, 2022|Categories: Good Pie Guide, Life of Pies, Midlands, Pork Pie|Tags: , , , , , |

When you visit Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe in Melton Mowbray, they always have the stella triumvirate of geographically protected classic pork pies (D&M, Mrs King’s and Walkers) on display. However, they also have a range of other speciality pies.

I once picked up a creamy chicken and white pie for just a quid which was fantastic, and of course, they also have all kinds of pork plus something else pies.

Today’s therefore is a pork and pickle (?) pie. What type of pickle? I have no idea. Let’s call it Branston. I don’t know if this is accurate, even upon tasting it, as this particular type of pickly accompaniment isn’t really one of my go to preservatives. Nevertheless, let’s see what this portable Ploughman’s Lunch (dinner!) brings to the table.

I take the pie out of the fridge and let it settle before homing in on it. It’s not Branston pickle at all, it is more of a fruit based topping. The sweet, chutney style topping is tangy, with apples, berries and possibly a few sultanas and a bit of spicy kick on the follow through. The absence of a pastry top crust, however, presumably renders it ineligible from its own Melton Mowbray based pie award.

Inside, there is the familiar, coarse, greyish pink sausage meat, encased in a thin layer of jelly and an even sided hot water crust. The combination in the mouth of mildly peppered pork and fruit layered topping is a winner for me. And whether this type of pie is your go to flavour and style or not, you can’t help but admire the craftsmanship.

 

 

 

THE FINER DETAILS
Review date: 1st July 2022
Price: Ah, I kept the receipt, in the vain and misguided belief that I do this as a business (or side hustle as the kids call it) Well, if your business is writing about pies, then surely buying and eating pies is a tax deductible expense? Sorry, the price! It was £4.50 for a topped pork pie.
Address: 10 Nottingham St, Melton Mowbray LE13 1NW
Website: https://www.porkpie.co.uk/
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Brockleby’s Wild Beaver Pie

By |2022-06-17T11:30:43+01:00June 17th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Midlands, Steak and Ale|Tags: , , , , , |

Upon returning from the British Pie Awards in Melton Mowbray, we called in at Brockleby’s of Melton Mowbray to pick up some pies. After reviewing The Northerner a while back, I have since been ploughing gainfully through the rest of them.

I really enjoyed their Cocky Leeky Pie (Chicken & Leek) and the details have been sent off for inclusion in the forthcoming GOOD PIE GUIDE BOOK!!

However, today’s pie is the Brockleby’s Wild Beaver pie, and I am unsure whether it is a relief or a disappointment, upon discovering that the Brockleby’s Wild Beaver Pie, is not actually made with beaver meat. It is a steak and ale pie. It consists of large chunks of beef, infused with Grainstore Brewery ale, a layer of sliced mushrooms, carrots and gravy, all encased in a familiar buttery shortcrust pastry.

I am greeted with a dark, dark filling consisting of rich chunks of steak marinated in ale. There are carrots and mushrooms in there, but they are subtle, and with steam bursting out as I cut into it, I have somehow cooked it to perfection, despite my fan oven being a little bit on the blink recently.

Like all of the Brockleby range, it is of a generous size, deep and well filled. The crust is a work of art. The outside is sweet and crumbly in a shortcrust style, the interior is moist as the luscious, dark gravy has soaked in.

All in all, another satisfying pie with great ingredients and I still have one or two more to try I think. You can see their whole range at their website here

 

 

 

 

THE FINER DETAILS
Review date: 16th June 2022
Price: The retail price for online delivery is £6.00 for the Wild Beaver Pie. I got a discount mind you, not sure it was because I bought in bulk or because I’m what classifies as a pie influencer 😉
Address: Melton Road, Asfordby Hill, Melton Mowbray LE14 3QU
Website: https://www.brocklebys.co.uk/
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Nice Pie Steak Pie

By |2022-05-11T11:50:25+01:00May 11th, 2022|Categories: Midlands, Steak Pie|Tags: , , , , |

Yes you read that correctly, it’s a Nice Pie Steak Pie. But was it a nice steak pie? Let’s find out! Nice Pie are the baker, they make pies, and they are they are very good at it. We paid them a visit after the Pie awards to pick up supplies, I got a steak, a steak and stilton and a large pork pie.

Don’t get me wrong, these are great pies but I was a little bit disheartened upon hearing that they had none of their “specialist” products in stock on the day.

I mean I suspect that, with the state of the world at the moment, getting hold of exotic meat is getting a touch more tricky, but whereas I would be perfectly happy scoffing on a steak pie, I always feel it is my duty to search out the new and obscure in the interests of research.
You see, on previous trips to Melton, I have brought back their squirrel pie and their zebra pie, not because I particularly fancy them but because THEY ARE THERE!!

They have also been known to produce a crocodile pie, a kangaroo pie and the non descriptive but still highly intriguing Ring of fire pie. Then there is the roadkill pie……

It might be a headline grabber but there is a nice bit of info on the website which explains: “The meat obtained from rabbits, woodpigeons and squirrels is free-range, hormone and cholesterol free, tasty, and easy to cook. So why not put them in pies?”

Also, it is worth mentioning that by eating these type of animals, you are also consuming potential garden pests. Anyway, I want one, for research purposes. So keep me posted, Nice Pie PLEASEEEE!!!!

If you do chance upon the ingredients, you will see that it is no different to the game pie I had last week (and a lot cheaper) save for the addition of a bit of wood pigeon.

But for now, I will have to suffice with their classic steak pie, so what to make of it?

The pie is average sized and circular, with a golden coloured, semi flaky lid and solid base. I’ve got to say, when I up-end it, the base is cooked to perfection..

The crust is firm and crunchy, but not too dry and as I cut it open, the quantity of steak meat in there is astonishing. It is packed to the rafters with very, very, large chunks of prime beef. This is music to my ears, and whereas there can sometimes be a concern that big pieces equal less moisture, well, the meat is still soft enough to be juicy.

In truth, gravy, mash and peas on the side might enhance it and make for a great meal but I’m all about the pie, as regular readers will know and there is a rich, satisfying taste with every mouthful. It is meat, meat and more meat and of exceptionally high quality.

So in the meantime, I will keep checking their website, for something more obscure to feature. I know, for example, they entered their kangaroo and tackleberry pie in the most recent pie awards but I didn’t manage to personally sample or judge it on this occasion.

The finer details
Date: 9th May 2022
Price: I think they were around £3, purchased to take away from their shop /café, a little bit more if you buy online
Address: Six Hills Ln, Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray LE14 3NB
Website: https://www.nice-pie.com/
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Taylor’s Farm Shop Peppered Steak Pie

By |2022-03-28T09:39:43+01:00March 28th, 2022|Categories: Steak Pie|Tags: , , , , , |

Upon returning from the Pie Awards with 14 pies, many of which would need freezing, I quickly realised that I already had at least 14 pies in my freezer when I opened it. So I have SWORN not to buy any more pies until I have cleared the backlog (purely to make way for more pies, obviously)

So here is today’s contribution to my freezer clearance challenge. Taylor’s is a fantastic farm shop in Lathom, near Ormskirk in Lancs, and as you can see, it has been in the freezer for a while, judging by the best before date.

If I recall, as well as getting whatever I needed for the BBQ I was doing (as it was August), I picked up a butter pie and a peppered steak pie (£1.95). Here is that peppered steak pie, and it is an intriguing shape certainly.

It has a very flaky top crust, which is loosely attached to the crimped shell of the pie and is a familiar, tapered, oblong shape, usually associated with the classic steak and kidney.

Anyway, the combination of meat and pastry gives off an impressive aroma as it cooks, and it comes out slightly darker but still intact. I often find these pies a little hard to manoeuvre, when they are so top heavy on crust, and they can collapse if the filling isn’t too generous. There’s none of that here, however, as there is a deep layer of tender, light steak underneath the flaky levels of crispy pastry.

It isn’t too saucy or moist, and the pepper is clearly marinated within the meat. There is a bit of sauce, where the black pepper is present but the meat is juicy and moist as well. The pepper is consistently warm, rather than napalm intensity and I manage to polish off the pie completely with my hands.

Although evidently, my main issue with puff pastry rears it’s ugly head again, namely that there’s always going to be plenty of it left on the plate compared to a shortcrust or hot water variety. Such a waste! Conversely, the thick crust does makes the pie easier to handle, even if you get crumbs on your shirt.

Ultimately, the meat is the star of the show, as tender and appetising as you’d expect from a butcher / farm shop.

Review date: 27th March 2022

Price: £1.95

Address: Hall Ln, Ormskirk L40 5UW

Website: https://taylorsfarmshop.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Taylors-Farm-Shop-382800491782496/

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Project Pies Pork Pie

By |2022-03-16T17:32:09+00:00March 16th, 2022|Categories: Midlands, Pork Pie|Tags: , , , |

Allow me to introduce you to Project Pies Nottingham. They are, as the name implies, only available in the Nottingham area currently but they surely have a bigger future if there is any justice in the world.

As it happens, I was sort of passing there on the way back from the British Pie Awards in Melton Mowbray. I had been following their pie creations and stunning photos on Instagram for a while now, and it was a pleasure to meet Dan, the man behind the pies, at his home in the Colwick area of Nottingham last week. He kindly gave me a bag of pies, in exchange for a slightly tatty copy of my book. I know who got the better deal!

I have always banged the drum for traditional bakers, such as Greens of Barrow, or Muffin Man and Galloways in Wigan, as they remind me of the pie shops that I used to see (and smell) on every street corner as I was a young boy in Wigan.

Nevertheless, the world moves on and I have to say, following Baldy’s Pies and Willy’s Pies (yet to try them!) the new and emerging “lockdown baker” genre is increasingly smashing it out of the park and Project Pies are no exception.

Dan currently works full time in hospitality and makes and sells pies at evenings and weekends, delivering to homes locally and hosting pie nights in pubs, and what can I say but, based on the evidence I have before me, he is bloody good at it!

I got two bagfuls of pies, one headed straight to the freezer for later features and a second bag containing a large pork pie and three sausage rolls I put in my fridge.

Now, in my head, as I collected them, I thought “I’ll have that pork pie at lunch tomorrow” and the kids can have the sausage rolls for their dinner on Saturday. I do unfortunately (and erroneously) associate sausage rolls with being kid’s food, or an item on a buffet plate. I was wrong on both counts.

The sausage rolls are HUGE and I, let alone my kids, would struggle to eat a full one and upon inspecting the pork pie, it is also very heavy and of a family, sharing size. There will be none of that here of course, I will eat it all myself. It might just have to be half at a time.

So to the pork pie and the crust is a wonderful russet brown colour. The shape of the pie is incredibly sturdy and well crafted and easily on a par with many professionally produced efforts. It reminds me of the pork pie I got from Walter Smith’s in Birmingham a few years’ back, and upon checking my photos, it even looks like it.

By the way, that is the Walter Smith, who has only been making pork pies since 1885 and is one of the leading food and meat purveyors in the West Midlands, versus Dan, who makes them in his converted garage as a side venture.

I doubt Walter even still makes them himself unless he’s 136 years old! I guess what I am saying is this is a truly professional pork pie, made by someone, who by his own admission is something of a novice based on his journey so far.

Anyway, back to the pie. The crust is crunchy and tasty with a solid, consistent base. Inside, well firstly, there is an all important layer of salty, silvery-gold jelly encasing a thick, modular filling of coarse pork meat standing close to two inches tall. I’d expect nothing less when I’m still only 20 miles from Melton Mowbray than the slightly tougher, greyish-pink meat filling but it is soft enough in the mouth and just the right quantity of pepper to give it a bit of oomph.

The main problem I have now is that I have chomped my way through half of it and I want more. That little voice inside my head pops up “you’ll not want your tea” but quite frankly, I don’t care. This is a sensational pork pie, and should have been on that table in Melton Mowbray last week getting very highly commended.

 

 

 

 

 

I had a chat with Dan about where he plans to go with Project Pies and it is not fair for me to say any more than that. I’ve still got a lot of his produce to get through in the coming weeks, but if the starter is anything to go by, then these pies need to be tried by a MUCH wider audience as they are exceptional.

NOTE: I have been overwhelmingly positive in my reviews recently, and you may be starting to wonder whether I’m being paid off. However, when I went to Google to look for Dan’s social details, there’s a load of reviews on YouTube, like this one whereby he used the words INSANELY GOOD. But they are!! Oh and unlike this guy, I didn’t give my wife any of mine!

Local Nottingham Man Makes INSANE Pork Pies From His Kitchen! | Project Pies Nottingham – YouTube

Oh and the clue is in the title, I only seek out GOOD PIES!!

 

 

 

 

Review date: 16th March 2022
Price: A small pork pie is £3 and a large one is £5.75. I think the one I had was a large, if not I NEED TO SEE HOW BIG THE LARGE ONE IS!!
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Wilfred’s Steak ‘n’ Red Pie

By |2022-03-11T12:10:02+00:00March 11th, 2022|Categories: Steak and Ale|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s that time of year again when my fridge and freezer seem to be over-run with pies, as we approach the end of British Pie Week. I am currently working my way through the various pies I have curated from up and down the country in both blog and future book form.

Last week I received a delightful box of beautifully presented pies from Lewis Pie & Pasty Co from Swansea. The brand that they trade under is Wilfred’s Pies and thankfully for the likes of myself, they ship their wonderful pies in fancy packaging, full of pie based love, across the UK.

It also satisfies my desire to spread my pie-eating wings away from my native North West of England, as I continue to find perfect pies of all shapes and forms for my follow up book.

The range of flavours is something to behold, many of them with a local twist: The Gower Cwtch Pie (Steak & Horseradish); The Saucy Cow (Steak & Hoppy Ale); a Chicken, Leek and Taffy Apple Cider Pie; and there is also a Cheesy Chicken, Leek, Potato & Spinach Pie. For veggies they also offer a Spicy Caulflower and Spinach Balti Pie. The impressive list goes on and on, and they also do pasties and desserts.

I got a box of four pies from their online shop priced at £14.50, so just over £3.50 each, and was delighted to find that each pie was of a hefty size.

The flavour I dived into tonight was the Steak ‘n’ Red. It is a Beef Bourguignon style pie, consisting of steak, slow cooked in red wine, garlic and beef stock, with onions, carrots and mushrooms also in the filling.

Upon pulling her out of the packaging, I am met with a sturdy, semi flaky crust, topped with mixed herbs, which adds an air of opulence to it and smells buttery and fresh.

I had some concerns that the over-hanging crust might not release itself from the foil tray once cooked, but a little wiggle and a shake and it drops perfectly and intact onto the plate.

 

 

The crust is firm and has a reassuring crunch on the outer shell, but with plenty of give inside as the gravy has soaked in. As I cut the pie in half, I am hit with a wave of steam, followed by a tumbling out of rich, dark steak chunks, sweet, diced carrots and cute, sliced button mushrooms.

As a disclaimer, it has been well documented that I am not a huge fan of mushrooms, but as this is a beef bourguignon pie, then who am I to argue? The beef is the star of the show however, as you’d expect: large tender strands which melt in the mouth, marinated in dark, sweet red wine gravy.

There’s also lightly coloured, sweet carrots and whole pearl onions added to the mix and this is a definitely a meal in a pie, though as you can see, I added broccoli, carrots and chips. And a bit of gravy eventually. I like to eat the pie as it comes to get the full flavour experience, but it was so good, I almost forgot to put the gravy on.

The good news is that I have three more of these to sample. The bad news is that there’s loads more on their website I am itching to try. So many pies, so little time, the age old problem for me…..

 

 

Review date: 10th March 2022
Price: Prices for a box of four can range from £13.00 to £14.50. This box retails at £14.50 for four (£3.62 each to be precise)
Address: Units 3-6 Abergelly Road, Fforestfach, Swansea SA5 4DY
Website: https://www.lewispies.co.uk/
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Waitrose Pork and Game Pie

By |2022-03-04T09:43:27+00:00March 4th, 2022|Categories: Game Pie|Tags: , , , , , |

Yes, I’m still clearing the freezer from Christmas with this festive treat. They don’t always advise freezing a pork pie but it’s never killed me yet. I find a good 24 hour defrost and an hour left at room temperature and it is as good as a new un.

So this is a family sharing pie weighing in at 440g, complete with festive holly decorative pastry. It is very sturdy and deep, with a solid hot water casing and base. I do not detect any jelly in there, there is ample greyish-pink cured pork and a slightly fruity taste to it, which upon checking the ingredients turns out to be cranberries. Well, it is (was) Christmas!

The serving size is a quarter but a quarter is soon gone so I push on for a half. The pheasant is chunky and the venison meat is rich, consisting of darker slithers, towards the top of the pie but as a combination flavour, it all works well, and not too dry with the fruity bits inside compensating for the absence of jelly.

Belated Merry Xmas indeed!

Review date: 1st March 2022
Price: £7.50 for a Pork & Game Pie
Address: Doncastle Rd, Bracknell RG12 8YA
Website: https://www.waitrose.com/
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Bakewell Tart Shop Steak and Ale Pie

By |2022-02-23T12:48:04+00:00February 23rd, 2022|Categories: Steak and Ale|Tags: , , , , , |

We spent Christmas in Bakewell this year, away with family and my eldest daughter is obsessed with Bakewell tarts. I didn’t have the heart to tell her, that the locals would be less than impressed by her choosing a tart over a Bakewell pudding, but the little lady gets what the little lady wants.

Of course, it is pure coincidence that the Bakewell Tart Shop sells pies too. I really should have checked to see whether the Bakewell Pudding Shop sells pies as well but I was already getting “the glare” so I had to crack on and secure purchases.
One giant Bakewell Tart, a steak and ale pie and a lamb and leek pie.

I’ve had the Lamb and leek before, I think it featured in Life of Pies and it was quite impressive from memory. So this time I’m going to weigh in firstly with the Steak and Ale. I pop it out of the branded paper bag and into the oven for 20 or so minutes.
It is quite a deep and heavy pie, which is always a pleasing sight, marked with a triangle on top to denote the flavour. As it cooks in the oven, I can confirm a slight buttery waft is emanating from inside, particularly pleasurable in my case as I am still very slowly getting my smell back after the dreaded COVID.

The crust is very prominent, a lovely golden brown colour, slightly flaky but crisp to cut into. I get some scissors to cut out the foil tray, as it doesn’t seem to be dis-lodging but I manage to keep it intact and out on to the plate and it is well baked and perfectly formed.

I open her up and find a good inch and a bit of prime steak packed into there. Any worried about dryness quickly fade away, as there is a pleasant layer of gravy type jelly (or jelly type gravy) surrounding it’s interior. The cutlery is out on the plate but it isn’t required, as this pie holds together well and can be eaten by hand. The large chunks of steak are exceeding juicy and tender, and I find myself salivating with each bite.

There is a bit of airspace at the top but this isn’t at the expense of content, it merely gives the meat a bit of air to breathe. It doesn’t feel overwhelmingly boozy, so I’m not really picking out the ale, but the gravy is sweet and wraps around the earthy finish of the beef.
Overall, a very decent portion size, which would satisfy most appetites. Me, I still want more because it was so good. Then again, I can always have a slice of Bakewell Tart for afters instead.

Review date: 1st February 2022
Price: £2.75 for a Steak & Ale Pie (I think!)
Address: 18 Matlock St, Bakewell DE45 1EE
Website: https://www.bakewelltarts.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tartshop
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Morecambe Football Club Chicken and Ham Pie

By |2022-01-28T14:27:30+00:00January 28th, 2022|Categories: Chicken pie|Tags: , , , , |

Pies and football go together hand in hand, but football is big business these days. This means that many clubs go down the route of using one of a handful of big pie manufacturers to fulfil their catering services, which does mean that football pies can be a touch overpriced and generic at many places.

One football club that has bucked that trend for a long time is Morecambe Football Club. As I understand it, stewardship of the all important job of baking the pies has changed hands a few times over they years, but they have always been bloody good.

Originally it was a local baker called Potts Pies (read more about them in Life of Pies) before Morecambe’s long standing chef, Graham Aimson brought them in house, winning awards year after year for his efforts.

Graham has moved on but his recipes remain and I went up there on Tuesday 18th January, to find out whether the pies were as good as ever. The night didn’t get off to the best of starts, after I turned up fifteen minutes before kick off (early for once, to ensure I snared a pie) only to find that the turnstile wouldn’t accept my ticket, and I found myself stood outside with a slightly disgruntled mob of 100 or so Wiganers for half an hour, all of whom supposedly had “already had their ticket used”.

Eventually, a good 10-15 minutes after the game kicked off, they marched us onto an already crowded terrace, no wiser as to what the reason was. Of course, rather than actually watch the game, I headed straight to the food bar. A lightning quick order of their signature Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie was placed, no peas, no gravy (though I think this was available) just a pie.

In yet another slight malfunction, I was given a meat and potato pie instead, and therefore overcharged by 50p. I recognised this on sight, the dots give it away. Nevertheless, I took the opportunity to take a peek inside and have a nibble, before handing it back and getting their mistake rectified. They didn’t tell me to keep it, mind you!!

A lesser man than myself could take all this personally but I’m a pie professional and there was only one question on my lips before tucking in: were the pies as good as ever? And I am pleased to report that they are. It should come as no surprise really, as they won quite a few awards at the last Pie Awards that I was judging at.

They differ from your standard football pies predominantly because they have huge chunks of real meat in there, but there’s also the addition of a bit of sauce to keep things moist.

The sight of hefty pieces of shiny white chicken breast and squares of ham make the pie stand out, it almost looks healthy!. It certainly elevates it from being a football pie to something you would pay good money for in a pub or a restaurant as part of a sit down meal.

I didn’t detect as many slithers of leek, or creamy sauce as I did with previous purchases, but I put this down to the difference between taking a pie home and cooking it, and buying it at a football match where it has been left to cool, and you have to eat it quickly whilst stood up. The flavours were still remarkably fresh though.

I started off with a fork but managed to eat the second half with my hands. Perhaps the photos don’t fully do it justice, but I guess another distinction with buying one at the match versus taking one home, is that I wasn’t in a position to find much time or space to set up a decent piccy, and I would certainly not be allowed to take a knife in. I mean, I was barely allowed in the ground anyway!

Whoops sorry, I don’t bear grudges, this was, as ever, one of the best pies I have had at a football match or elsewhere and it is great to see Morecambe Football Club continuing to pull out all stops for football fans. If I had my way, every football club would be forced to use a local supplier and put a regional twist on their pie offerings, but then I arguably care about pies and beer than football anyway. Life’s holy trinity, you could call it….

In addition to the Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie and Meat and Potato Pie (again, exceptional, from the bits I managed to nibble at), Morecambe also do a delicious vegetarian pie (Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Vegetable Pie) that a mate of mine described as “the best pie he has ever had”.

The match? Well, we won 2-1, away win.
Yet if we were lining up the club’s pies, in a “pie off” however, I suspect it would be a very different result….

Review date: 18th January 2022
Price: £4.00 for a Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie
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