Monday 6 March 2017

British Pie Week 2017 - Day One

The countdown timer has struck zero and British Pie Week 2017 has begun – so what more motivation do you need?! Grab a pie, make a pie, tweet your #PiePledge. You may have already read our article "Everything you need to know about British Pie Week" but either way, here’s some things you can do this British Pie Week:

You can follow the Pierateers on Twitter and find out how our #PiePledges are going!
You can read about pies.
You can choose a pie (we have around 600 pies reviewed in our rankings table!)
You can think up some puns for the Pie Dictionary!
You can suggest a pie you’ve enjoyed.

As for the Pierateers, we are ready and waiting for probably the biggest British Pie Week yet! We've made Pie Pledges for this week, showing our commitment to pie, plus this year the British Pie Awards 2017 are once again taking place in British Pie Week! We'll be there as media to cover the event, alongside our Com-pie-tition winners as judges!

British Pie Week Nice Pie Pierate Pie
Nice Pie's Pierate Logo Pie from British Pie Week 2014!
It seems this year, more than any before, people are bigging up British Pie Week. Plenty of pubs and shops are doing something special for British Pie Week... but weirdly the pastry company who invented British Pie Week (to sell more pastry) have decided to ditch it! The end result of which is this... Pierate Pie Reviews are the new home of British Pie Week!!!

And while we may not have the amazing Pierate Logo pie to enjoy this year (made especially for us by Nice Pie in 2014), we do have an exciting new logo to share with you all! As unveiled in the early hours of this morning, here is the new British Pie Week logo:

So whatever you do, go crazy for pie this British Pie Week! Enjoy!

This article will be updated throughout the week, so do check back for what we've been up to!

You may have already spotted if you read the Independent online that our Birmingham Pie Night has made the list for "The best five places to celebrate across the country" this British Pie Week! We can't wait to get stuck in and enjoy the pies that the Jekyll n Hyde provide on Monday evening!

Pierateer RAS

I've made four #PiePledge commitments this British Pie Week, which are the following:

1) One or more pies eaten every day
2) 2 days of annual leave taken to eat, rate and tweet about pies
3) Organise a pie night - which is what is happening on Monday evening in Birmingham!
4) Live blog the British Pie Awards

I look forward to keeping you updated with how I get on with all these pie pledges this week!

As for this morning, I woke up listening to Chris Evans talking pie on BBC Radio 2 and was then delighted to be contacted by BBC Radio Leeds to do an interview! I explained our seven Cs pie rating system, that a pie should be fully encased in pastry and that our number 1 pie is from MyPie London. We're actually going to be heading to Leeds to rate pie this weekend too!

But the big event of day one was our Birmingham Pie Night, which kicked off after work at 5:30pm! We were wonderfully hosted by Jekyll and Hyde and loved sharing some stories of pie rating with our guests - alongside eating some top pies! More pics and a review to follow in the coming days.

The Jekyll n Hyde hosted our fantastic Pierate Pie Night!

Pierateer TJP

I've made three pie pledges this British Pie Week:

1) Eat at least one pie a day (the classic!)
2) Visit Leeds to sample some of the fine variety of pies
3) Do the "Triple Pie-thagorus" one day in Leeds (eating a pie for starter, main course and dessert for every meal in one day). 

Today I informed many of my work colleagues that it was British Pie Week, which inspired a lively debate about exactly what constituted a "pie". Naturally the discussion covered the contentious pie vs pasty debate, lidded pies, and to what extent a steak and kidney pudding was a pie. This was an enjoyable discussion and it was delightful to see so many of my colleagues genuinely interested in pies.

Having debated the border between pies and non-pies over lunch, it was only right that the pie I enjoyed in the evening was a slice of previously un-rated Waitrose Apple and Blackberry lattice pie. Lattice pies are interesting because they are not fully lidded pies - in fact, they'd be rejected by the British Pie Awards. Here on Pierate we do accept lattice pies as a 'true' pie, but if we had a choice between a lattice pie and a regular pie, we'd certainly choose a regular pie. 

See what the Pierateers have been up to this British Pie Week in our daily Pie Diary articles:

Day One – Monday 6th March 2017
Day Two – Tuesday 7th March 2017
Day Three – Wednesday 8th March 2017
Day Four - Thursday 9th March 2017
Day Five - Friday 10th March 2017
Day Six - Saturday 11th March 2017
Day Seven - Sunday 12th March 2017

Pierate is a pie review website charting a course to find the ultimate pie. For all the pies we have reviewed have a look at our Pie Rankings or find pies of a particular flavour under Pies: Categorised.

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