Friday 7 November 2014

Countdown to Pierate Day - Pieday Friday - 7th November 2014

It's Friday! It's Pieday!

Hi pie people! Can you believe we are literally days away from our 5th Birthday?! That of course means it is International Pierate Day a.k.a. a great excuse for you all to be Pierateers for the day and rate some pie! More information on this and our Birthday Pie-rty will be unveiled on Monday, but for now here's the week in pie!

Month of Birthday SurPIEses

As you'll no doubt have noticed here on Pierate we really do enjoy rating pies - so much so that we have over 425 in our Pie Rankings at present and many more to add to it in the next few weeks!

But did you know we've been rating pies for almost 5 years now?! Yes, from that first post back on 12th November 2009 to the present day, we've been rating pies on the 7 Cs of pie rating and we would love you to join us by doing exactly that on Wednesday 12th November 2014! For we have designated this day "International Pierate Day" and you can see a sneak pie-review of all the things we have planned - including our birthday pie-rty - in our preview article.

Included in this is mention of our "Month of birthday surPIEses" - because there's no way we can fit all the things we want to do and pies we want to rate into one single day!!! So last week was our first visit to see if the Punch Tavern in central London offer a knock out pie! They certainly didn't disappoint! And added to that, we've commissioned @michlan to create us a special Birthday print which we are excited to say has now landed on the doormat of Pierate HQ (and for which you can see a sneak pie-review below).

In the meantime, catch up with all the latest pie news on Pierate and by following our twitter hashtag of #InternationalPierateDay

Manchester City challenge for the top of the PIEremiership

After a great evening of pie and chat with Dan Schofield (Head of Operations) we've rated two pies from Fabulous Fan Fayre and they were too great scoring pies! Both really hit the back of the net - so much so that they earn "Pierate Highly Recommended" status. They slot in at number 2 in our PIEremiership table.

I'm sure you don't need reminding that we were pie advisers to the BBC a couple of weeks ago, featuring in a BBC video on football pies, but if you didn't know then do check out the video!

Andrew Webb's Pie Manual rated!

Imagine if you had a manual made specifically to tell you about how to make the perfect pie. Wouldn't that make the ideal Christmas present for you and the pie fans you love?!

Well you won't be surPIEsed to hear that as soon as we knew one existed - having just recently been released by Andrew Webb - we had to get our hands on the Haynes Men’s Pie Manual. Being Pierate, we felt it was only right to give an honest review using the Seven Cs of pie rating - which did cause one or two issues (specifically chewiness) but you can see how it rated here!

Of course, we were flattered to get an acknowledgement in the book for our efforts in rating pies!

Pie Tweet of the Week!

A tweet from the Pie Manual man himself - Andrew Webb!

Bowen Pies rated in the life of pies

You'll recall from last week's Pieday Friday that fellow pie-fanatic Martin has loves eating pies so much he's written a whole book about it. The Life of Pies book launch happened on October 24th and you won't be surPIEsed to find out Pierateer RAS booked his ticket to Wigan to be there! Of course no pie book launch would be completed without free pies and the Bowen pies available on the night received some very good scores on the 7 Cs of pie rating!

Not only did he pick up a signed copy of the book (which no doubt already has gravy stains all over it!) but Martin very kindly gave Rob a brief tour of Wigan and neighbouring St Helens the following day in order to point out some of the pies in the area! You'll find them springing up all over Pierate in the coming week or so!

If you have a story you think would be good to feature in next week's Pieday Friday, send us an email at or contact us on Twitter @pierateers 

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