Friday, 16 February 2018

British Pie Week 2018 - Everything you need to know!

With British Pie Week just around the corner and Pierate - Pie Reviews becoming the leading promoter of the pie this British Pie Week, we thought you might want to find out everything you should know about the greatest week in pie!


British Pie Week 2018When is British Pie Week?

British Pie Week is held the first full week of March, which this year is 5th-11th March 2018.

What is British Pie Week?

Originally set up by a pastry maker as a way to sell more of their pastry, it is now Britain’s main celebration of pie! Pubs, restaurants, pie shops and more have used British Pie Week to run com-pie-titions, pie specials and the like (so why not ask what your local pie-selling pub is doing to celebrate pie week?), while supermarkets sometimes use the week to discount their pie ranges. The British Pie Awards have even moved their awards to this week, to coincide with British Pie Week, and this year celebrate their 10th year!

However it’s also an excuse for pie lovers like the Pierateers to do various pie stunts and for the average pie fan to excuse their pie eating for a week! (“Well it’s Pie Week, so I have to have a pie!!!”)

British Pie Week Pierate
British Pie Week 2018 is from 5th to 11th March!
How can I get involved?

Well, the pies the limit! Of course the more traditional ways include eating a pie from a pie shop or pub, or making your own pie at home. The more adventurous might host friends for a “pie night” – much like we plan to for our Pierate Birmingham Pie Night – or do some crazy pie stunt like only eating pies for a day (which we’ve done numerous times) or create an unusual filling for a pie – like we did with our Pie-thon (python meat pie).

Python pie
The infamous Python meat pie!

PIE-LIGHTS OF PAST BRITISH PIE WEEKS

During British Pie Week 2014 we Pierateers consumed a quite incredible 55 pies and you can see the breakdown right here! There were so many highlights that we had to do a whole day-by-day account of it, including a Python pie, a day of just eating apple pie and Pierateer SJL eating 21 pies - one for every meal of British Pie Week.

In fact, Pierateer SJL didn't just eat a pie for every meal but he proved that you can eat pie and lose weight!!! Yes, we can hardly believe it either!

In 2015 we raised the bar even higher by consuming a whopping 71 pies between 2 Pierateers! This included a Pieathon (seeing how long we could just eat pies for) and Rob eating pie for 67% of his diet that week!


When did it all start?

British Pie Week was created by a pastry company in 2007 to sell more pastry, but it seems that company have now ditched the idea, with the lucrative www.britishpieweek.co.uk webpage now just re-directing to their main pastry website and their @BritPieWeek twitter account not having been updated since March 2016!

This means the new home of British Pie Week is really www.pierate.co.uk, who don’t care about making money or selling more pastry, but want to celebrate the pie – with well over 600 pies already rated and numerous pie-related stunts highlighting their love of pie! For more information on what Pierate have got up to over the years since first celebrating British Pie Week in 2011, check out our dedicated British Pie Week page!

British Pie Week Pierate Pie
The Pierate Logo Pie made for us in British Pie Week 2014!
Find out more about this Nice Pie here.
How can Pierate help me this British Pie Week?

Well, if you haven’t already, we’d suggest you take a look at our Countdown to British Pie Week article! There you can find a countdown timer to tell you to the second exactly how long you have left to wait until British Pie Week 2018, alongside other useful Pie Week info!

In addition, you can browse our Pie Rankings of over 600 pies rated and ranked so that you can avoid the bad ones and grab the best ones, plus we have a pie pun dictionary (so you can pun-ctuate your conversation in pie week) and more pie trivia than you can shake a stick at! We truly are the home of the pie review at www.pierate.co.uk and you can find out more about the piefessionals (pie experts) in our About Us section!

Finally, if you’re a pie maker or pie seller and have any special promotions for British Pie Week, get in touch with us and we can celebrate your British Pie Week offers right here! Either send us an email to pierateship@yahoo.co.uk or tweet us @pierateers to let us promote your pie week plans!


So whatever you’re up to this British Pie Week, we hope you have pie and enjoy it! For more ideas, why not check out our #PiePledge video below? We'll be posting our Pierate #PiePledge article soon!



RAS

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Monday, 12 February 2018

British Pie Week 2018 Countdown

The countdown to British Pie Week has begun!


British Pie Week 2018 - which runs from Monday 5th March to Sunday 11th March - is now less than 3 weeks away and we're busy at Pierate HQ making our final pre-pie-rations for the big event! We're planning another Birmingham Pie Night (like the Pie Night we had in 2017) and once again we'll be attending the British Pie Awards, which will be happening in British Pie Week too!

British Pie Week Pierate
British Pie Week 2018 is from 5th to 11th March!
Some of you may have spotted our article recently on 23rd January for America's National Pie Day - where Americans spend a whole day celebrating the pastry beauties.

But in Britain this is simply not enough! We can't compress all our pie-excitement into one day! Oh no! We need a whole week to celebrate and enjoy the wonder of pie, which is why we are proud backers and - some would argue - the strongest advocates of British Pie Week! Yes, it's a week dedicated to pie!




It's official! The British Pie Week 2018 Logo has been launched - and almost 1,000 of you have already viewed our article about it! Check it out in our "British Pie Week 2018 Logo Launch" article!


Some of you may well have come across British Pie Week before, which has in fact been around since 2007 as the ingenious marketing spin off of pastry company "Jus-Rol" - and they managed to bag the lucrative web domain www.britishpieweek.co.uk to encourage pie makers up and down the land to get involved. However in an obscure turn of events, it appears they have ditched this lucrative web domain again this year to re-direct straight to the generic Jus-Rol website and no real mention of pies or pie week! With the @BritPieWeek twitter account having not tweeted since March 2016 it appears Jus-Rol may have had their pie and eaten it, meaning we may be defaulted to be the premier resource for pie advice this British Pie Week!!!

And while others may have used British Pie Week to just promote some pastry, as good as it is, we at Pierate are dedicated to promoting THE PIE!

That's why on Pierate you won't just find an encouragement for you to make a pie this British Pie Week - though we certainly do encourage you do! We don't just suggest a reci-pie or two - though we plan to do that as well! We don't even just encourage you to go out and eat a pie (or two) during British Pie Week. We go above and beyond!

British Pie Week Pierate Pie
The Pierate Logo Pie made for us in British Pie Week 2014!
Find out more about this Nice Pie here.
We aim to be the pie experts you turn to for all your pie rating and eating needs during British Pie Week and beyond! With over 600 pies rated and reviewed on our unique 7 Cs pie rating system, we commend pies to you, tell you which ones to avoid, and give you the low down on what we think makes the perfect pie!

PIE-LIGHTS OF PAST BRITISH PIE WEEKS

During British Pie Week 2014 we Pierateers consumed a quite incredible 55 pies and you can see the breakdown right here! There were so many highlights that we had to do a whole day-by-day account of it, including a Python pie, a day of just eating apple pie and Pierateer SJL eating 21 pies - one for every meal of British Pie Week.

In fact, Pierateer SJL didn't just eat a pie for every meal but he proved that you can eat pie and lose weight!!! Yes, we can hardly believe it either!

In 2015 we raised the bar even higher by consuming a whopping 71 pies between 2 Pierateers! This included a Pieathon (seeing how long we could just eat pies for) and Rob eating pie for 67% of his diet that week!


Also on 7th March we'll once again be involved in the British Pie Awards, where we have helped judge the pies for many years. Check out our Countdown to the 10th British Pie Awards article for more info! So whatever pie (or pies!) you enjoy in British Pie Week, we hope it's a good one that rates well on the 7 Cs of pie rating! If you need any ins-pie-ration, you can of course see the hundreds of pies we've rated on our pie blog via our Pie Rankings or our Pies Categorised!

Why not watch our short video clip to find out how you can get involved in British Pie Week too! For more ins-pie-ration see our #PiePledge article!






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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Falling sales see Square Pie into administration

Falling trade and rising rents, food and staffing costs have sadly seen Pierate Recommended pie maker Square Pie go into administration, and with that the sad loss of 50 pie jobs in its five restaurants in London and Birmingham.


While it has to be admitted that the Birmingham store was never regularly frequented by Pierateer RAS, the loss of yet another pie shop in the city (following the closure of Urban Pie a few years ago) is hard to swallow. It has to be asked "What is happening to all our pie shops?", with these closures following on from a fall in the number of traditional London Pie and Mash shops over the last few years as highlighted by fellow pie fanatics and friends of the blog the Pie n Mash Club, who have documented all the closed pie and mash shops.

Square Pie Review
The last we'll see of the Square Pie box
It was only 18 months ago that the new Square Pie shop opened in Birmingham to great fanfare, with over 1,000 of you reading our live blogging of the opening in Grand Central. Based above the main New Street train station in the heart of Birmingham, it was great to have an established and Pierate Recommended pie brand such as Square Pie in the centre of the city. Now it appears all will be left is the wholesale business, which sells pies to a number of major supermarkets. You can read more about Square Pie going into administration on the Big Hospitality website.

However all we can really be glad of is that since Square Pie opened their last store, the pie scene has improved in Birmingham with a number of top pies available in local pubs and a new Pieminister store opening. And with 4 London stores closing, we hardly need to remind you that some of our top 10 pies in our 600+ pie rankings are available in London, with MyPie London and Piebury Corner accounting for half of our top 10! Here's hoping we don't hear of any more pie shop closures any time soon, especially with British Pie Week only a few short weeks away!

Grand Central Birmingham Pie Shop
Grand Central in Birmingham City Centre, which was home to Birmingham's Square Pie shop
For a trip down memory lane, you may want to read when we rated Square Pie as Pierate Recommended as we celebrated eating our 100th rated pie there down in London back in 2012, and in 2013 when we rated their Chicken, Leak and Wiltshire Ham pie at 5.58/7, which was another Pierate Recommended effort.

RAS

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Football Pie Review: Meet the Meat-Free Pie

Forest Green Rovers Q Pie Review

Football League new boys Forest Green Rovers are striving to be the most environmentally sustainable football club in the world. Their owner, Dale Vince, is the owner of green electricity company Ecotricity. The pitch is fertilised naturally, they have solar panels on the roof and most controversially they don't serve any meat throughout the whole stadium! I really like the fact that Forest Green are trying hard to be more environmentally sustainable. It is also hugely important to me. I try hard to be more sustainable because the damage I see mankind causing to the world (and hence ourselves) breaks my heart. However, we all make personal choices about how much effort we put in and I realise I could do a lot more. Avoiding using a car suits me fine because I live in a city and get some much needed exercise. However, I am certainly not a vegan! I grew up on a dairy farm and love milk, I would find it hard to give it up. When it comes to meat my passion for pies conflicts with this somewhat! I am not against a vegetarian effort but they just don't tend to be so good. Only a select few vegetarian pies have gained Pierate Recommended status. But in spite of this, I was happy to give the Forest Green pie a go in the hope that they could persuade me. Pierateer RAS had also been kind enough to give me a birthday voucher for free football pies for every new ground not already in our 'Pieremiership' Football Pie League; I really had no excuse not to give it a go for the match against Wycombe Wanderers.


The pie was billed as a 'Q pie' with the Q presumably standing for Quorn, everyone's favourite microfungus. Considering the £3.50 cost, the pie was on the small side but it did look quite good. An unusual shape, the pie has a domed lid with a large crimp around the edge. The mottled colour hinted at a hand finished glaze although it was unclear if the pie itself was made by hand. Happily, the pie also seemed to have been well cooked. The crunch of the pastry confirmed this. We often moan about how pastry is either burned out or soggy for football pies so it was very refreshing to find such good pastry. It tasted nice enough to eat on it's own. This was a good thing because, due to the crimp and the small size of the pie, there was rather a lot of it! The filling was a chicken and leek type affair, except of course with Quorn instead of chicken. (This is perhaps obvious but I just want to clarify there was NO MEAT, I know this may be an unfamiliar concept to many of our readers). The flavour was actually very nice and went very well with the pastry. The sauce was lovely and thick and well seasoned, the leek added plenty of flavour. My my main gripe was that there just wasn't much of it. I would have thought quorn would be cheaper than chicken so it seemed a bit tight to have scrimped on it. In terms of the quorn itself, it was fine but the texture is just not quite as good as chicken. It is always going to be a bit more spongy. Having said that, it still had more bite than a mince meat pie and at least there were no gristly bits. The fake meat was in quite large chunks.


Overall, this pie worked quite well, mainly just losing points on the 'Cheapness' criterion. But it was worth paying a bit more because this pie was simply better quality than pies at most football ground. Therefore, controversially this pie does rather well in our 'Football Pie League' sitting just outside the top ten. A great performance from a vegetarian pie! Second only to the Piglet's Pantry effort in terms of vegetarian pies.

Q Pie (Forest Green Rovers) 
4.56/7

SJL


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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Hap-pie American National Pie Day 2018!

Hap-pie National Pie Day to our American Friends!!

Yes, today 23rd January is America's National Pie Day and (as with a lot of things Stateside) the Brits love any excuse to jump on board with American food days and festivals! (Any excuse to eat pie really!!) But it must not be forgotten that while in America they dedicate just a day to pie, here in Britain we need a whole WEEK!!! Step up to the plate British Pie Week, which is now just a few weeks away, and here at Pierate - Pie Reviews we'll once again be the leading promoter of the pie in British Pie Week!


Hap-pie National Pie Day!!!


Our top rated American pie - steak and ale pie from Pleasant House Pub in Chicago



British Pie Week 2018 Logo
British Pie Week 2018 Logo
Featuring a pie design, knife, fork and the date, you may have spotted recently we launched a British Pie Week 2018 logo. We've kept it simple but effective and we are happy for any websites, companies or other sources to use the logo for free. Unlike the previous commercial logo, we're not looking to promote our brand or product, but simply want a logo that focuses on the pie and puts the pie back into the centre of British Pie Week!









For those that don't know, we at Pierate Pie Reviews are a few friends who love pies and want to see them recognised for what they are - the piefect heart warming meal or snack in a pastry parcel! It just so happens that we've rated well over 600 pies in the process! And we once again plan to be at the heart of British Pie Week 2018 - which is this year from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th March - and you can follow our adventures on Twitter and this blog throughout the week, as we once again do our daily Pie Week Diary.

For more information about British Pie Week, join the thousands of readers of our "British Pie Week - Everything you should know!" article from a year ago!



But if you are Stateside yourself or just want to drool over some top American pies, here's some of our favourite pies we've eaten in America! (And don't worry, they were encased in pastry!!)


"Chicago Get These Royally Good Pies" - Our Pierate Highly Recommended Steak and Ale Pie Review from Pleasant House Pub in Chicago, who serve Royal Pies!


"Who Are Hoosier Mama Pie Company?" - Our Pierate Highly Recommended Chicken Pot Pie and Apple Pie Reviews from Hoosier Mama Pie Company in Chicago


"New York Pie Review: Apple Pie from Pies n Thighs" - Our Pierate Highly Recommended Apple Pie Review from Pies n Thighs in New York


RAS


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Friday, 19 January 2018

British Pie Week 2018 Logo Launch

With British Pie Week just a few weeks away and Pierate - Pie Reviews becoming the leading promoter of the pie in British Pie Week, we thought that the week long celebration of pie needed a new logo!


British Pie Week 2018 Logo
British Pie Week 2018 Logo
With the pastry company behind British Pie Week seemingly not promoting the week long event any more, there is no designated British Pie Week logo for 2018, so we at Pierate Pie Reviews have stepped in and can officially announce the new logo to the world!

Featuring a pie design, knife, fork and the date, we've kept the logo simple but effective and we are happy for any websites, companies or other sources to use the logo for free. Unlike the previous commercial logo, we're not looking to promote our brand or product, but simply want a logo that focuses on the pie and puts the pie back into the centre of British Pie Week!

For those that don't know, we at Pierate Pie Reviews are a few friends who love pies and want to see them recognised for what they are - the piefect heart warming meal or snack in a pastry parcel! It just so happens that we've rated well over 600 pies in the process! And we once again plan to be at the heart of British Pie Week 2018 - which is this year from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th March - and you can follow our adventures on Twitter and this blog throughout the week, as we once again do our daily Pie Week Diary.

For more information about British Pie Week, join the thousands of readers of our "British Pie Week - Everything you should know!" article from a year ago!



British Pie Week Pierate
British Pie Week 2018 is from 5th to 11th March!
If you’re a pie maker or pie seller we hope you'll find the new logo helpful - you're free to use it! Also if you have any special promotions for British Pie Week, get in touch with us and we can celebrate your British Pie Week offers! Either send us an email to pierateship@yahoo.co.uk or tweet us @pierateers to let us promote your pie week plans!

Whatever you’re going to be up to this British Pie Week - and it's never too early to start planning - we hope you have pie and enjoy it! For more ideas, why not check out our #PiePledge video below?



RAS

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

British Pie Week Logo coming soon!

With just a few weeks to go until British Pie Week 2018, we're getting ready to unveil the British Pie Week 2018 logo here at Pierate HQ! Designed to be simple and quite generic, we hope that others will decide to use it in the lead up to and during British Pie Week itself. So stay tuned to the Pierate website tomorrow for the unveiling of the 2018 logo and in the coming weeks for our build up to the most exciting week in pie - British Pie Week!

Find out more about the history of British Pie Week by visiting our dedicated British Pie Week page!



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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Countdown to the 10th British Pie Awards in 2018

British Pie Awards 2015 Judges
Judges at the British Pie Awards, including Pierateer Sam

Back for an incredible 10th year - and in British Pie Week no less - the British Pie Awards returns as a highlight of the year in pie. Held in the heart of Pork Pie country, pie makers, pie enthusiasts and - most importantly - the pies themselves head to Melton Mowbray every year for the judging of up to 1,000 pies in just one day and to crown their supreme champion. Back this year in the beautiful St Mary’s Church, located in the heart of Melton Mowbray, the judging will take place on Wednesday 7th March and the Award's Lunch on Friday 9th March.


British Pie Awards 2014 - Church
The British Pie Awards will return
to St Mary's Church in 2018!
This year will see the Pierateers return to help judge the over 800 pies sent in from across Britain and beyond. With over 600 pies rated on our pie blog we've had no shortage of pie judging both at and outside the Awards and we'll once again be providing our judging expertise and insightful media analysis of the day with yet another "British Pie Awards - Live!" blog.

So following on from our "British Pie Awards 2017 - Live!" article last year, on Wednesday 7th March we'll be joining around 100 judges and over 800 pies for a pie-filled day of photos, interviews and behind the scenes info!

With last year's judges including Food and Drink TV producer Andy Clarke, Channel 4's Felicity Spector and pie judging regular Xanthe Clay from the Daily Telegraph, in addition to friend of the blog Nik Speller, author Martin Tarbuck - who you may recall has written pie review book "Life of Pies" - and fellow football pie pundit Jonny Smith, we look forward to finding out who we will share a judging table with this year!

And while the British Pie Awards use a significantly different set of criteria to us, rather than the 7 Cs of pie rating that we have used to rate over 600 pies on Pierate, there are very few pie experts they could call on with more ex-pie-rience than us when it comes to judging the pie-fect pie!


This isn't the first time we've attended the British Pie Awards! Oh no! Find out more in our other articles here:
Media in 2017  |  Judges in 2016  |  Judges in 2015
Judges in 2014  |  Helpers in 2013



Pierate Rip Off Britain
Pierateer Rob on Rip Off Britain
Last year was another exciting year for Pierate at the British Pie Awards, with over 4,000 of you viewing our live blogging from the pie event of the year, our post-event review and preview articles.

This year Pierateer Sam will be joining Pierateer Rob in attendance, who you may recognise from TV shows "The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice" and "Rip Off Britain: Food".

So what have we got to look forward to at the British Pie Awards 2018?


Well... first of all you need to know how long it is until British Pie Awards 2018, which is happening on Wednesday 7th March at 11am:


Of course if you are a pie producer, you also need to remember you only have until 5pm on Friday 16th February to make your application! This year the organisers have made it even easier to enter your pies with an online form available, so don't miss out on this fantastic way to promote your pies!


Celebrating the pies that fuel our public services in 2018


Bridal Pies Review British Pie Awards 2015
The amazing Speciality Class "Bridal Pies"
at British Pie Awards 2015
We're looking forward to once again seeing what pie producers come up with in the Speciality Class, following an amazing selection of entries in the 2015 Speciality Class of Bridal Pies, some royally good pies in the "Pies Fit for the Queen" Speciality Class in 2016 and some regional specialities in 2017.

For the 2018 Awards, the Speciality Class will celebrate pies produced in the public sector for vital services including schools, hospitals and the armed forces. Given that they are not sold commercially these pies, whilst in the running to win their class, are not eligible for consideration as Supreme Champion. Although judged to the same standards, and under the same rules as other classes, the pie makers in this category have more freedom to choose fillings, pastry type and presentation. Entrants can celebrate the pies that they are particularly proud to serve in the public sector, but are not available to the general public. We look forward to seeing them!


All that remains to be said is you won't be surprised to hear we will once again be covering the event and providing regular tweet updates from Melton Mowbray as we once again get involved in the greatest pie show on Earth, so check back on Wednesday 7th March for more pies than you can possibly imagine!

RAS


The Pierateers are on a mission to find the best pie they can and you can see a list of their pies rated so far in the Pierate Pie Rankings or find pies of a similar flavour on the Pies: Categorised page.

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Friday, 29 December 2017

Football Pie Review: Cooked for a Steven-age?

Rating the beef and onion football pie at Stevenage FC by Pukka Pies


Beef and Onion Pukka Pie Review at Stevenage FC
Beef and Onion Pukka Pie Review at Stevenage FC
Following a trip to London for Christmas drinks recently, it seemed an obvious op-pie-tunity to tick off another football ground in the area in the search for football’s best pies. This time we visited the Lamex Stadium, home to League Two side Stevenage FC.

Heading through the turnstiles, I immediately walked past the food shack for the away end, which was already tens of people long. However I wasn’t going to risk missing out on pie by waiting til half time, going for some chips and one of the many pies on offer. You’ll see from the photo I was purchasing from the imaginatively named “Tea Bar 4” from a heavily taped up menu board (one wonders what was previously offered under the red tape?!) but the pies had remained at £2.50, which is very reasonable for a football pie these days.

Pie Menu at Stevenage FC
The food menu at "Tea Bar 4" at Stevenage Football Club
The pie itself was a standard Pukka Pies Beef and Onion pie, but presented well in a white plastic tray with plastic fork. While I have to admit it was additional to my needs, as a pick-up-your-pie-in-your-hands-and-eat-it kinda guy, I did appreciate that the option was there for the, perhaps slightly more civilised among us, to eat from a tray using a fork! (Still, nothing will compete with Kate, the #AwayDayPieGirl, and her personalised metal football pie fork!)

Beef and Onion Pukka Pie Review at Stevenage FC
Beef and Onion Pukka Pie Review at Stevenage FC
I said it before but I’ll say it again - pie, tray and fork for just £2.50 puts a lot of clubs to shame (many Premier League clubs charge well over £3 for just a pie of the same brand!) But the big question was how the pie rated!

The lid was golden and flaky, as I’d expect from a well-cooked Pukka Pie, though Sam and I have certainly been to enough football games to know all is not always well when it comes to just a golden topped pie lid! Digging into the content, the beef and onion flavour was nice – not too liquid a gravy and a nice meaty mince flavour, however the capacity of the filling wasn’t great and to my disappointment I did notice what I had feared…

Did you see that we contributed to the Coral Pie Premier League article to find out fan's views on Premier League pies? We dissect it in our "We bet you'll want to know the top football pies!" article.

Also see their short one minute video below for a summary of their results, including a shock response to the nation's favourite half time snack!





Beef and Onion Pukka Pie Review at Stevenage FC
Crisp base of the Beef and Onion Pukka Pie at Stevenage FC
Mince had started to solidify on the bottom crust of the pie, much like the meat encrusting on your saucepan base if you forget to keep stirring your bolognaise properly! A classic sign of over-bake on the base of a pie, which was confirmed when I turned the base over and saw the over baked base. No soggy bottom in sight here but the other end of the pie base spectrum with an overly crisp base that was rather too solid to easily bite through. It had formed an almost biscuity layer, much like the Pukka rated at Wycombe’s ground recently.

While I enjoyed the rest of the pie, that base was severely over baked and screamed of sitting in a hot locker for too long. Alas this is a regular criticism of football pies, sometimes exasperated in smaller grounds where there is only one main kitchen pumping out pies for the whole ground. Not the worst pie I’ve had at a football ground, but that still doesn’t help it get a great position in the PIEremiership table – our football pie league.

Pukka Pies Beef and Onion Pie
Score: 3.68/7
[Colour 5, Capacity 4, Consistency 3.5, Condition 2.5, Chewiness 3, Cheapness 4.5, Content 3.25]



We've rated over 600 pies, including a number of football pies

In the match itself, an end-to-end battle led to an entertaining but goal shy 0-0 draw between Stevenage and Wycombe Wanderers. The two best chances went Wycombe’s way, with a near comical goal from the Wycombe keeper Scott Brown who took a free kick from the half way line that looped over the keeper, hit the underside of the crossbar and almost went in bar a goal-line clearance, and an Akinfenwa header which hit the post and went wide. (Note: The BBC article incorrectly assigns the comical free kick to our defender, but being at the game I can confirm it was our keeper who took the free kick – you can’t miss his kaleidoscope kit, believe me!!)



More about us and our football pie pedigree:

Sam and Rob being interviewed by BBC Sport's Azi Farni
Watch the video on the BBC Sport website
Regulars to our pie blog will know we're the world's leading pie review blog - featuring over 600 pie reviews with multiple football pie media appearances! Two years ago we joined BBC Sport's Azi Farni at Morecambe FC, who make some of the best pies rated on Pierate (let alone football grounds) to discuss what makes the perfect football pie! Watch us featuring in the BBC Price of Football video here.

Check out our PIEremiership article and you'll find that Morecambe FC's Globe Arena is certainly the place to be for top football pies! Top of our football pie league and winners of the British Pie Awards twice, they make the pies in the kitchen on site by hand, rather than just buying them in! We recently interviewed previous Head Chef Graham Aimson on his new adventure, but hope the pies at Morecambe stay top of the league in his absence!

RAS

Want to find out what the Pierateers really make of the state of the (pie) game in English Football? Check out our analysis in our Pies of Football 2016 article to find out what makes a great football pie!


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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

A Real-ly big mince pie!

The Real Pie Company Luxury Boozy Mince Pie Review


Real Pie Company Mince Pie Review
Real Pie Company Mince Pie Review
There are mince pies. And then there are small meals in the form of a mince pie! For these are certainly no miniature mouthfuls but a real giant on your plate - the Real Pie Company’s luxury boozy mince pies!

Delivered by post in a lovely festive box and all arriving in near perfect condition, I was impressed by the size and the favour of these luxury mince pies. As can be seen in the comparison photo below, these pies dwarf your typical supermarket mince pie and are clearly homemade products. While this does mean the condition is not quite as polished as a factory made standard mince pie, it is a lot more lovingly made and the pastry tasted delicious and buttery.

Real Pie Company Tesco Mince Pie Review
Real Pie Company v Tesco Mince Pies
One of my concerns with these larger mince pies was whether the filling:pastry ratio would work in such a big mince pie, but they certainly got this pretty much spot on. The pastry was quite thick and covered in sugar (a little too much sugar personally, but at least you can brush that off the top before eating!) but held in the content well. My main critique of these pies is that the pastry is incredibly crumbly, which meant you certainly lost a significant amount of pastry crumbs when eating. It also made cutting them in half (as some friends weren’t quite ready to tackle a whole one due to their size) quite a challenge!
Real Pie Company Mince Pie Review
There was sNOw stopping the delivery!

However the filling was moist and a nice balance of fruits, with a clear boozy edge to them. I also happily enjoyed eating the pastry on its own when hovering up the bits that had broken off. While a couple of the pies weren’t quite crammed to the crust as I expected from the Real Pie Company (as that is their motto), most of them were full to the brim and I certainly didn’t finish any of the ones I’d tried feeling I was short changed in any way! Certainly not something to eat straight after your Christmas Day roast, but a lovely mince pie and one that will get your visitors talking!

Real Pie Company Mince Pie Review
Real Pie Company Mince Pie Review
At £19.95 for 10 of these mince pies, they are certainly not the cheapest option out there, and that does hold back the score a bit, but factoring in the size I can’t say I’m feeling too out of pocket paying that for such large, unique mince pies. Yet again, the Real Pie Company have set a high bar for pie making and take number 4 spot in our top mince pies (though number 1 for giant mince pies!!)

The Real Pie Company Luxury Boozy Mince Pie
Score: 5.82/7
[Colour 6, Capacity 6, Consistency 6.25, Condition 5.5, Chewiness 6.75, Cheapness 4, Content 6.25]


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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Pork Pies for Christmas Breakfast?!

Dickinson and Morris Pork Pies make the headlines again - but would you have pork pie for Christmas breakfast?!


There is a legendary pie company in Melton Mowbray who run a special pork pie shop in the town called 'Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe'. This puts them in pride of place in the home of Melton Mowbray pork pies. This company goes by the name of Dickinson and Morris and has been baking pork pies since 1851. And this year they added the title of Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards 2017 to add to their list of award winning products. They also rate highly on our world leading pie review blog, with their Individual Pork Pie rated at 6.15/7 (which is Pierate Highly Recommended!)

And today our leading Pork Pie was featured in a video as part of a BBC News article on the quirky Leicestershire tradition of having a pork pie for Christmas breakfast! It features friends of the blog Stephen Hallam (from Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe) and Matthew O'Callaghan (Organiser of the British Pie Awards).

Check out the pork pie video now on the BBC website!

Dickinson and Morris Pork Pies Review
Dickinson and Morris Pork Pies


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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Breaking the ice on the Pieminister Mince Pie Ice Cream Pie!

Pieminister Mince Pie Ice Cream Pie Review


Pieminister Mince Pie Ice Cream Pie Review
Mince Pie Ice Cream Pie Review
Yes, you read that right! An ice cream pie! And not just that, it has the word “pie” in the title twice, so that’s got to be a good thing, right?!

Welcome to part two of my Christmas venture to try the new Christmas 2017 additions to the Pieminister menu. Having visited the relatively new Birmingham store on Waterloo Street last week to try their new “The Cracker” Turkey and Ham pie, I could hardly resist a pudding pie that had “pie” in the title twice, could I?! Turns out not, as before I knew it the Mince Pie Ice Cream Pie with Gingerbread biscuit and rum sauce landed on my table, beautifully decorated with a crisp golden star as a lid.

What particularly persuaded me to go for one was the fact I’d never had an ice cream pie before! Plenty of pies WITH ice cream, but not one with ice cream in it (although Pierateer TJP had tried to make a Neapolitan ice cream pie a few years back, to mixed success). With a more biscuit like pastry to this dessert pie, which was very different to the traditional flaky Pieminister pastry I have come to know and love on their savoury pies, it did take some getting used to! And the thought of having ice cream in the pie and some of the mince outside the pie was a slight quirk! However before I go on I must say I did very much enjoy the pie and my first ice cream pie adventure.

Pieminister Pie Review
Pieminister Pie Menu

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However for the pie-hard Pierate fans in the room, I am now going to have to get technical for a minute and comment about the make-up of the dessert laid in front of me. For if I am being true to our 8 year old definition of a true pie, the filling should be fully encased in pastry, which this dessert wasn’t. For one there was a star lid on a circular side/base pastry, so that immediately would mean there were gaps in full encasement. But also there was a second even more noticeable issue of the mince content of the pie spilling out of the pastry encasement onto the plate, as well as raising the height of the star lid.

Pieminister Mince Pie Ice Cream Pie Review
Pieminister Mince Pie Ice Cream Pie Review

Therefore, as lovely as this mince pie ice cream pie tasted, it won’t get top marks on our website for lack of a full encasement, not that this would stop me or anyone else enjoying them while they are still on the menu! The capacity was decent, the ice cream very nice and the mince fruity and flavoursome. I certainly struggled to finish it following a pie for dinner too, but as a pie soldier I managed to eat it all in the end! Very filling and very nice.

The only other thing to comment on is the price, which at £5 is quite pricy for a mince pie with ice cream (even if, as mentioned, the mince and ice cream are not in the locations you’d normally expect!) While I’d happily eat another one, I’d be slightly put off by the price, considering a mince pie can be bought for about 25p each in most supermarkets!

Still, this was a beautiful and quirky creation, looks brilliant and certainly added to my festive enjoyment of Christmas at Pieminister!

Pieminister Mince Pie Ice Cream Pie
Score: 5.29/7
[Colour 6, Capacity 5, Consistency 6, Condition 5.5, Chewiness 5.5, Cheapness 3.5, Content 5.5]
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