Sunday, 3 May 2015
The Wright Stuff
Wrights - Chicken & Mushroom Pie Review
Local, independent convenience shops can be a bit of a treasure trove for new pies to review. They often stock different pie brands compared to the run of the mill ones you find in a supermarkets and sometimes they have local brands. It is particularly worth checking out the convenience shops when in an area away from home. This was the case on the way to the train station after Pierateer RAS and myself spent the day pretending to be Northampton Town fans. St. James Superstore caught my eye. Given how small it was I wondered how it could justify the name 'Superstore'. Venturing inside, it was even smaller than I thought and I was surprised when RAS actually spotted a pie. That's right, there was literally just one pie in the shop. However, it was one we hadn't rated before, a Wrights Chicken & Mushroom. Whilst Wrights are a big pie company in some parts of the country, they are not so big where the Pierateers live. We have only previously reviewed their Chicken Balti football pie. At just £1.29 this Chicken & Mushroom pie was more of a 'standard' pie, in the classic oval shape that these cheaper pies often come. I didn't expect much for the price, so I was pleasantly surprised by this pie, for the price it represented quite good value for money.
Condition - 4.0 out of 7 - The pie had become slightly squashed in my bag which I won't hold against it. It looked okay but the appearance was very much 'nothing special'.
Colour - 4.0 out of 7 - A decent golden brown on the top but a bit dull to look at.
Cheapness - 5.2 out of 7 - For £1.29 this is pretty cheap for an individual pie. In this case there was enough meaty chunks to make it seem good value.
Capacity - 4.0 out of 7 - A standard trick with these oval shaped pies is that the base is narrower than the top. This allows the manufacturer to save on filling. However, for this pie it was well filled which meant it had a decent pastry to filling ratio.
Chewiness - 5.5 out of 7 - The pie was soft but there were good size chicken chunks to get my teeth into. There was no grissle. The pastry had a good crispyness to the outside and softness on the inside.
Content - 4.5 out of 7 - The content was really a bit generic, a standard chicken and mushroom pie taste. In this case the chicken seemed good quality which made it better than average.
Consistency - 4.0 out of 7 - The sauce was extremely thick which meant this pie could be eaten with the hands if needed. However, it was bit stodgy to ever get a very high score.
Chicken & Mushroom (Wrights)