It’s time to celebrate all things pastry! This week is British Pie Week, a seven-day celebration of one of the nation’s favourite dishes. We’ve been getting into the spirit of things searching the capital for the best pies on offer. Here are our ten winners, all tried and tested by the London Kitchen team.
All Round Winner: Steak Pie – The Windmill, Mayfair W1 The steak pie at this proper British pub is a three times national award winners, and it’s always available. There are also traditional favourites such as fish pie, shepherds pie, chicken pie and vegetarian pies. These together with ‘lip smackingly’ great seasonal pies can be washed down with up to nine real ales. You can see why it’s a TLK team favourite!
Poshest pie: Champagne and Truffle Humble Pie – Bob Bob Ricard
Made with mushrooms, pecorino, leek, black truffle, pearl barley and of course champagne, this has got to be one of the fanciest pies in town. It’s a little pricier than your average pie, but you’re served this one whilst sat at a table where you need only press a button for Champagne. Doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
Best Chicken Pie: Chicken of Aragon – Pieminister Pieminister’s free range British chicken, smoked bacon & tarragon pie is available at most supermarkets, or you can visit one of Pieminister’s stalls and restaurants – click here to find your nearest one.
Best tiny pie: Canapies – SquarePie We’re all for the canapies – SquarePie’s new bitesize square pies. We think they’d be good pals with our manapés, in fact. They’re perfect for a small lunch or even better with friends and family and a glass of something nice. Warning: it’s difficult to stop when you start.
Oldest Pie Shop in London: M. Manze, London SE15 Officially the oldest pie shop in London, M. Manze serves traditional pie and mash and eels (jellied or stewed), in authentic surroundings. At Manzes, the team still uses the same recipes today for the pies and liquor as were used in 1902.
Best Steak and Ale Pie: Battersea Pie Station Based in Covent Garden, Battersea Pie Station provides an authentic British dining experience. Their pies are made with proper old-fashioned pastry, free-range meat and lots of fresh veggies. Everything is sourced from the British Isles, where possible.
Best Traditional Pie and Mash: Mothermash Mothermash specializes in the humble spud. The restaurant serves the ultimate feel-good food, using locally sourced potatoes, which are made into fresh mash for every person. Great traditional pies accompany the mash, we love the mince beef pie with Mothermash’s heart-warming mashed potato – it’s real comfort food.
Best Pie of the Day: St John Group, Smithfield English restaurant group St John was opened in 1994, on the premises of a former bacon smokehouse. The place specializes in nose to tail eating, with a different pie taking pride of place on the menu each day. We love the variety of the restaurant’s changing menus – no pie is ever the same!
Best Pie Deli: Piebury Corner Piebury Corner started as a food stall in Paul and Nicky Campbell’s front garden in 2011, selling Gourmet Pies to Arsenal fans on route to the Emirates. But their fun and quirky Guerrilla marketing soon drew the attention of even the most ardent of football fans. In 2012 they opened “Piebury Corner – The Pie Deli” – it’s a UK first!
Best Pie Recipe: Mutton Pie from Beagle, London E2 Hoxton’s Beagle restaurant serves simple dishes using British ingredients. The restaurant is relatively new, and serves up plenty of sharing dishes such as bream with wild garlic, braised meatballs and lemon sole. We’d only go for the mutton pie though, and we’re glad the brains behind Beagle have published the recipe – see it in GQ Magazine here.
Our Top Pie Resources:
Whilst researching the best places to go for pie, we came across a fair few great pie resources we just had to share with you. Here are a few favourites.
And last but definitely not least – Pierateers. This is the web’s premiere pie resource. They’ve been rating pies since 2009. Trust the Pierateers!