Saturday 11 March 2017

British Pie Week 2017 - Day Six

So after the announcement of the Dickinson and Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie winning the British Pie Awards 2017 (which we live blogged on Wednesday) and our London Pie Tour (featuring Piebury Corner, Pieminister, Holborn Dining - to meet chef Calum Franklin - and The Windmill Pie Room), today will see us venture in and around Leeds, Leeds, Leeds as part of our Pierateer "Leeds Pie Tour".

Sadly Leeds only have a Corn Exchange, not Pie Exchange

Yes, as part of our Pie Pledges for 2017 Pierateers Rob, Sam and Tim decided to go somewhere new for the weekend of British Pie Week and try some pies there. So, after a bit of deliberation of where we should go, we set on Leeds Leeds Leeds. So arriving late on Friday evening, we've now got just under two days to find the pies that matter in this Northern Powerhouse of a City! Any Leeds pie recommendations welcome either here or on our twitter @pierateers! Just use the hashtag #LeedsPieTour

#LeedsPieTour – Day One

After live blogging at the British Pie Awards on Wednesday, the results came out on Friday lunchtime and the winner is a Melton Mowbray Pork Pie we're already very familiar with - the Dickinson and Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie! We've already rated it as Pierate Highly Recommended in 2014 and will try to get a few more in this year to celebrate!

As for today, having got the train from London to Leeds yesterday evening, we look forward to kicking off our #LeedsPieTour - not forgetting Tim's e-pie-c "9 pies in a day" Triple Pie-thagoras in Leeds to come! (If you don't know what Pie-thagoras Theorem is, check out our Pie Dictionary!)

This morning I kicked off the pie eating with one of our Piebury Corner fruit pies picked up in London - a very tasty Apple and Blackcurrant pie. Heated up for 20 minutes in the oven, the top pastry was crisp and golden, with a warm tasty filling with clear pieces of fruit. Quite sweet, of course, but the pastry was very nice and a good way to kick off the morning!

Staying in Armley, we decided to walk to the local Wilson's Butchers store and they kindly allowed us to do a bit of filming that will be part of our #LeedsPieTour video. Sam tried one of their pork pies while filming outside, while Sam had a meat and potato and Tim had an apple and pork pie back at the house.

Following that, we headed to Haley and Clifford in the north of Leeds. We'd heard they stocked Voakes Pork Pies (a reasonably local pork pie producer) and thought we'd pay them a visit! It was a lovely delicatessen, selling food from a range of local stockists and with a decent selection of salads and (more importantly) pies! Both Sam and Rob went for a Voakes Pork Pie, while Tim had a Great North Pie Co "Classic Lancashire Cheese and Onion" pie (which on their website is listed as containing Dewlay’s tasty Lancashire cheese, caramelised white onion, white pepper, nutmeg & Japanese Panko breadcrumbs). You may well recognise the name Great North Pie Co and that's probably because it was the last pie company to win the British Pie Awards (back in 2015) before yesterday's 2017 winner was announced.

In the evening we tried a few new Nice Pies we hadn't rated yet - which we collected on Wednesday when in Melton Mowbray for the British Pie Awards. They were the Slow Cooked Lamb and Mint pie, Chicken, Gammon and Mushroom pie and Beef in Red Wine and Roasted Marrow Bone pie - all of which did really well at the Pie Awards (with two of the three winning their class!)

And we also tried the Pieminister British Pie Week special - Cricket pie! Yes, you read that right - actual crickets. You could see their dead bodies in the pie and everything!

Our #LeedsPieTour concludes tomorrow!

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

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