Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Sound as a Pound
Pound Farm Shop - Pie Reviews
Farm shops can often be a good place to find a satisfyingly meaty pie. One of my favourite ever pies comes from King's Farm Shop in Buckinghamshire. So I was pleased to find a couple of good farm shops near my adopted home of Gloucester. I have already reviewed the Plenty brand pies available at Over Farm Shop which are a good option but are not made by the farm shop themselves. Just to the south end of the city is Pound Farm who do make their own pies on site with their own meat. I have bought quite a number of these pies now and it is about time they got a review as they tend to be some of the best in the area. They meet all my expectations of which a good farm shop pie should be like. They don't do any pretentious flavours but what they do tends to be well seasoned and with plenty of flavour. Available fresh and frozen, in a good variety of flavours, they are one of my go-to local pie options, let me explain why....
The pies come in a variety of sizes but I tend to go for an individual pie because I don't like sharing pie as you will know if you read my guide to the ultimate pie (and my other half is coeliac which is a good excuse). They look every bit the part of the handmade creations that they are with a simple but pleasing appearance. Sometime they can look a little on the messy side with a bit of boil out here and there but nothing to detract many points.
Turkey Bacon & Leek
I think this might be the first Turkey, Bacon & Leek pie I have ever tried. A variation on the classic Chicken, Ham & Leek, it had plenty of flavour, the different ingredients seemed to work well together. There was plenty of satisfyingly thick sauce. The meat was well dispersed through the pie and there was enough of both types of meat to provide some variety to the flavour. As a bit of a twist, the turkey used was darker meat rather than the generic whitish cubes of meat found in mass produced poultry pies. It made it seem reassuringly like real food. This is a risk as these parts of the bird can be more fatty and grissly but there was none of that in this pie. If anything, this meat was more moist than if breast meat was used.
I do quite enjoy a lamb pie, I am not sure why they aren't more common, it is not something you typically find in a supermarket. The lamb was in chunks that were perhaps a bit too large for this size of pie but it did make them very satisfying to chomp into and I wouldn't complain about not having enough meat. The flavour was basic but it was nice as the main attraction was the flavour of the lamb rather than any particular seasoning. Lamb is naturally fatty which in this case helped keep the meat nice and moist (which was not the case for the steak pie). There were a couple of congealed lumps of fat which were not so appealing but otherwise this was an enjoyable pie.
Steak & Onion
It was a good marketing ploy from Pound Farm to go with the name 'Steak & Onion' rather than the more common 'Beef & Onion'. With Steak you expect big meat chunks and that was indeed the case here. In some ways the pieces were a bit too big which meant they were dry in the middle. However, this didn't take away too much from the fact that they were very tasty and there was a
delicious, thick gravy to help it all slide down. There was a bit of flavour from the onion but this didn't dominate proceedings. For the price I thought this was very good. The pie did fall apart a bit but I cooked it straight from frozen whereas the guidance for these pies is to let them defrost first.