Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Jumbuck's

Imagine yourself in this scenario: you're on a London bus that passes through Shepherds Bush, feeling a bit hungry. At a stop nowhere near where you planned to get off, you look out the window and spot a Jumbuck's pie shop right next to the bus stop, just nestled behind some trees:

Jumbucks pie

Of course, any pierateer would immediately jump off the bus to sample the potential delights contained inside. I believe it to be the only Jumbuck's Aussie Pie Co shop in the UK, although Jumbuck's pies are available in outlets such as pubs and universities through the UK.

Jumbucks pie

Jumbucks pie

As you can see, the packaging of this innovative takeaway pie is quite banterful, promising "great taste, no waste". Sounds good so far! Why would anyone want to waste a pie? I decide to trial the takeaway nature of the pie by waiting for another bus and then eating it while on the go - a key feature of the Jumbuck's appeal.

Jumbucks pie

And there it is: a "bushranger deluxe", promising minced beef, mashed potato, bacon and cheese. Costwise, Jumbuck's aren't cheap but then again, for a hot takeaway pie that carries a certain novelty, £2.20 isn't bad.

Jumbucks pie

And this is what Jumbuck's pies were made for: cruising down Shepherds Bush Road on the top deck. A real pie on the go - no cutlery needed, just hands! Though until I've quite mastered how to eat one without spillage, I think I'll keep a napkin wrapped round it.

Jumbucks pie

The content of the pie is not dissimilar to a cottage (or shepherds?) pie encased in pastry. It does really work for me, though. I'm a real fan of pie and mashed potato, so this is really a convenient way of eating a pie with mashed potato on the move. It's genius, why have I not had this before? The capacity of the pie, however, is reduced somewhat by the mashed potato taking up the majority of the room. I would have prefered less mashed potato to make way for more minced beef. A nice surprise as I hit the bacon. It's all fantastic, I am really enjoying this pie.

I personally felt that this pie was too small. Or perhaps I was just too hungry to not be satisfied in terms of hunger? But in terms of taste, this Jumbuck's bushranger deluxe is a winner in epic proportions.

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