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
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