Saturday 4 May 2013

Taking more than a Peak at the Wetton Pub Steak Pie

Steak Pie Review at Ye Olde Royal Oak Pub in Wetton, Peak District

Ye Olde Royal Oak, Wetton
While on a stag do walking in the Peak District I was delighted to see that Ye Olde Royal Oak Pub in Wetton, Peak District, which we had booked to eat in, had a steak pie on the specials board. The pie was handmade at a local butchers and there were only a few pies left, so as expected I made sure I got in on the action!

The pie itself was quite large upon arrival, clearly over shadowing the other food on the plate. However unfortunately when I cut into the pie, the cross-section harboured quite a lot of air. However, determined to eat and rate what was there – rather than dwell on what wasn't – I delved into the pie. And I am pleased to say that what was there was generally pretty good.

Steak Pie
Steak Pie
The steak pieces were very tender and the beef gravy complimented the meat very well. The chunks of meat were big and, while they could have been a bit better distributed throughout the pie, the filling was very good. As previously alluded to, the capacity was not the greatest, with more crust to filling ratio than I would like, however the crust (in particular the top crust) was golden and very nice. The side and base pastry was not too thick and with a bit more filling compared to crust it could have been a lot higher ranked.

Steak Pie
Steak Pie cross-section (collapsed)
All in all I would happily go back there for another pie, hopefully finding pie on the full menu and not just the specials board! Tasting good, this pie would really peak if it had a bit better filling to crust ratio.

And many happy returns to Seth and Rachel, who got married today. Hope to share more pie with you both in the months to come!

Ye Olde Royal Oak Pub (in Wetton, Peak District) Steak Pie
Score: 5.4/7


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