Thursday 24 September 2015

Birmingham's Grand Central Opening: Square Pie Live Blogging

The time for Birmingham has finally arrived! Five years in the making - and many more in the planning - Birmingham New Street station and the shopping centre above it have finally opened there doors! And the exciting news is that the Grand Central shopping centre has a pie shop at it's e-pie-centre! No longer do we have to pie-ne in Britain's second city for a pie shop to fill our cravings - following the sad closure of Urban Pie earlier this year - for Square Pie have opened in the city centre. And we're about to check it out, so follow the live blogging below!

Grand Central Birmingham Pie Shop
Grand Central in Birmingham City Centre, home to Square Pie shop

Did you know? With an estimated spend of £750 million pounds on refurbishing New Street Station and Grand Central shopping centre, and based on an average pie costing £3, you could have got £250 million pies for that much! #UselessPieFact

Before we check out the new Square Pie store in Birmingham's newest shopping centre Grand Central, the name Square Pie may ring a bell - and you'd be right! We've already rated their pies in their London Westfield Shopping Centre store and they rated pretty well! In fact, a number of them were Pierate Recommended as we celebrated eating our 100th rated pie there!

That celebratory 100th pie was actually rated back in 2012, and in 2013 we rated their Chicken, Leak and Wiltshire Ham pie at 5.58/7, which was another Pierate Recommended effort.

So now with this swanky new pie shop opening in Birmingham, it's time to check it out! Let the live blogging commence... (in reverse order)

17:50 - I'll leave you with this photo of the Square Pies on offer - and treat you to more pie photos when I rate some next week!!!

17:45 - The Square Pie launch has already been a real success - with queues of customers reported at lunchtime - and the staff very helpfully took me through their offerings. But the new World Cup flavours are what I'll have my eyes on next week! Check back on Pierate next week for our next Square Pie review!

17:35 - Birmingham food blogger Laura aka 'Full to the Brum' has asked what this Rugby World Cup pie-off Square Pie are doing is all about? Well I can announce that there will be some special pie flavours to enjoy from this Monday as the World Cup pie-off hits Birmingham! Some very quirky flavours in there - the full line up can be seen on the Square Pie website!

17:25 - Just had an interesting chat with the manager Anthony, who only got access to the restaurant on Monday! He's been trained up in Square Pie shops down in London and really looking forward to this start up in Birmingham!

17:15 - The Square Pie restaurant is in a large food area of Grand Central, with an open air feel to it so you really get the hustle and bustle of the shopping centre while you eat. However there are secluded spots to sit too!

17:05 - Up the escalator and into Birmingham's newest retail centre! And a great view across the concorse, it must be said!

16:50 - The excitement is building as the train edges nearer Birmingham New Street. I'm like a kid counting down the days til Christmas!!!

16:30 - Have to admit I was a bit nervous earlier when I read this Birmingham Mail article that not all the shops in Grand Central were open yet! Fortunately Square Pie weren't on the list!

16:20 - Where will this pie fit in with all the other top pies in Birmingham?! Check out our "Best Pies in Birmingham" article to find out the com-pie-tition!

16:15 - Just leaving the house ready to get a train into Birmingham New Street's new refurbished station. I caught a glimpse of the glass roof yesterday and it looked great!

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