Saturday, 21 May 2022

Pieminister: Supreme Champion Pie Review

Pieminister: Gluten Free Mooless Moo Pie Review

Like a non-league team beating Premier League opposition you sometimes get those that defy the odds. How could part time players beat full time players, some of the best in the world, when at such a disadvantage? The shock winner of the Supreme Champion award at this year's British Pie Awards seems to be a case of a pie punching above its weight in a similar manner. The Mooless Moo winning by from Pieminister not only excluded all animal products because it was Vegan, it was also Gluten Free. Myself and Pierateer ALL have had some pretty awful Vegan Gluten Free pies as pie companies try to cater for all those with special dietary requirements in one hit. By doing away with all the usual ingredients of pastry they are surely competing with one arm held behind their backs when other pies have all the ingredients of the world to choose from. So how did this pie win against all those pies packed with meat and gluten? Pieminister kindly sent us some to try and see if the free from pie has finally come of age. Or have the British Pie Awards cooked up what might appear to be yet another serving of publicity stunt (having previously crowd a pasty as 2016 and vegan pie as 2019 Supreme Champions). 

Pieminister are no strangers to fantastic Gluten Free pies, with their Gluten Free Moo Pie being a regular favourite of coeliac shipmate Pierateer ALL. As someone modestly reducing meat intake I am partial to some Vegetarian pies myself with Pieminister's Kevin being a regular favourite, potentially the best I have had. So between us we thought we could give this pie a fair going over. We had it alongside a Gluten Free Moo to compare. 

The pie had an excellent Condition and appearance although it has cracked somewhat in transit, but had been delivered by post so it would have been challenging to avoid this. It was well glazed, with an unusual sticky substance very visible on the pie before cooking. This alternative vegan glaze worked a treat, producing a near perfect golden brown Colour.

Cutting the pie in half, it was packed to Capacity giving a lot of Content as we have come to expect from Pieminister pies. But it was immediately apparent that the pastry was quite hard, compared to the regular GF moo it shattered rather than crumbled. It was hard to the bite too, with a somewhat biscuity taste. It was by no means bad but having tried a lot of GF pastry Pierateer ALL was certain it wasn't as good as the regular Moo. I felt like it would be difficult to disagree with this when trying them alongside each other. 

So, after briefly questioning the pie we delved into the filling. There was a lot going on here with a huge list of ingredients. But it was immediately apparent to me that this was a standout pie filling. It was somehow amazingly meaty in flavour, capturing the flavour of some sort of slow cooked steak casserole. Jackfruit helped given the slightly meaty texture but I am not sure how they captured the flavour, perhaps the use of gluten free ale helped. There was also the taste of carrot, mushroom, whole baby onions and plenty of herbs. Given the strong flavours it is perhaps not for everyone, ALL was not as keen as I was, much preferring the regular Moo. We did note that the consistency was much the same between the two, both being quite soft and melt in the mouth. Perhaps a bit more bite to the filling could have been nice but at least it wasn't Chewy.

Overall, we certainly aren't going to make it our Supreme Champion, but it comes in as a Pie-rate Recommend pie, and one of the better Gluten Free pies (but below the excellent Gluten Free Moo). It is without doubt the best Gluten Free and Vegan pie in our rankings and perhaps does suggest that such pies have finally come of age with this being a strong effort that we would have again. It wasn't many year ago that finding any commercially available Gluten Free & Vegan pie that Pierate could recommend seemed completely unfeasible. It is noticeable that Pieminister continue to lead the way in terms of sustainability amongst the big pie producers, having done away with pointless plastic windows in their boxes and not a trace of polystyrene in their pie deliveries. This sits in their growing roster of top notch Vegan pies.

Gluten Free Mooless Moo (Pieminister)

5.20/7

SJL/ALL




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Monday, 14 March 2022

7 Ways To Survive Post British Pie Week 2022

Yes, British Pie Week is over. We hear ya! Pie specials will disappear from pub menus. Pie Week discounts will no longer apply. But we’ve got one important message for pie fans: “A pie is for life, not just British Pie Week!” We all know that pies are far too good to celebrate just one week of the year! So here's 7 ways to survive post British Pie Week:


1) Enjoy a pie as soon as possible post British Pie Week - after all, there's no need to just eat pies in British Pie Week!

2) Reminisce about your favourite pie or pies from British Pie Week and plan to eat them again soon!

3) Save up your money to buy some top pies even once the promos and discounts have disappeared.

4) Petition your local pub or pie shop to bring back some of their specials if they were only on sale for British Pie Week.

5) Search our pie rankings list of over 600 pies to find a new pie to try in the coming weeks!

6) Use your extra time to catch up on all the crazy antics the Pierateers have got up to over the years and read our reviews!

7) Remember - it's now less than 365 days until we do it all again, for British Pie Week 2023! It'll be from 6th-12th March 2023. Get it in your diaries now!!

And as if you needed any other reasons, the 14th March is actually American pi(e) day - as it is 3.14 in the States - so what further excuse do you need to eat another pie today?!


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Friday, 11 March 2022

British Pie Week 2022 - Friday Pieday Update

With British Pie Week in full flow, here's an update on what's going on in the world of pies in the best week of the year!


Pierate Birmingham Pie Night


While last year was an obvious exception due to the UK Covid Lockdown, we always feel it would seem rude not to celebrate British Pie Week without going to a local pie shop with friends of the blog! Therefore Pierateer Rob organised a trip to The Botanist in central Birmingham on Monday evening, which was popular with his friends from badminton too. Pierateer Rob had a lamb and mint pie, which will be reviewed soon!

British Pie Awards Pierateer Rob
Pierateer Rob [left] at the British Pie Awards


British Pie Awards


A few years ago the British Pie Awards moved their awards to coincide with British Pie Week, and this year celebrate their 14th year! Last year it had to be postponed to September, but the show still went on. While we weren't there in person this year, a lot of the regular judges were out in force in Melton Mowbray this Wednesday - such as Katie @awaydaypiegirl and Life of Pies book author Martin Tarbuck @thelifeofpies - and we look forward to hearing the results later today.

Pierateer Rob even managed to be featured in the main photo of the BBC News article on the British Pie Awards, even though he wasn't there this year!


Pie-motions this Pie Week

As it's British Pie Week, a number of pie shops and pie companies are doing special pie-motions to give you even more reason to eat pie this week (as if you really needed it!) We'll share some of our favourites throughout the week but to give you a flavour:
  • Jones Pies Twitter account has been proving popular, as they are giving away a selection of their pork pies to someone who tags them on Twitter with who they would share their pies with. [Sharing pies???]
  • Vale of Mowbray Pies have gone rather quirky on their Twitter and asked people to tag who would HATE being sent a box of their pork pies. [Does such a person exist???]
  • Even mash company Mash Direct Twitter account are getting in on the British Pie Week com-pie-tition action, teaming up with Higgidy Pies to offer a pie and mash super hamper!!

If you’re a pie maker or pie seller and have any special promotions for British Pie Week, get in touch with us and we can celebrate your British Pie Week offers right here! Either send us an email to pierateship@yahoo.co.uk or tweet us @pierateers to let us promote your pie week plans!

British Pie Week Pierate
British Pie Week 2022 is from 7-13th March!


PIE-LIGHTS OF PAST BRITISH PIE WEEKS

During British Pie Week 2014 we Pierateers consumed a quite incredible 55 pies and you can see the breakdown right here! There were so many highlights that we had to do a whole day-by-day account of it, including a Python pie, a day of just eating apple pie and Pierateer SJL eating 21 pies - one for every meal of British Pie Week.

In fact, Pierateer SJL didn't just eat a pie for every meal but he proved that you can eat pie and lose weight!!! Yes, we can hardly believe it either!

In 2015 we raised the bar even higher by consuming a whopping 71 pies between 2 Pierateers! This included a Pieathon (seeing how long we could just eat pies for) and Rob eating pie for 67% of his diet that week!


Tweet of the Day

Top marks to Pie Eater Kev, who has written this Pie Week poem:


So whatever you’re up to this British Pie Week, we hope you have pie and enjoy it! For more ideas, why not check out our #PiePledge video below?



RAS

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Monday, 7 March 2022

British Pie Week 2022 - Monday Update

With British Pie Week kicking off today, here's an update on what's going on in the world of pies in the best week of the year!


Pierate Birmingham Pie Night


While last year was an obvious exception due to the UK Covid Lockdown, we always feel it would seem rude not to celebrate British Pie Week without going to a local pie shop with friends of the blog! Therefore Pierateer Rob has organised a trip to The Botanist in central Birmingham. We have enjoyed a few pies from there in the past but it is definitely due a revisit, so look with a lovely sounding lamb pie on the menu, look out for the review later this week.

British Pie Awards

A few years ago the British Pie Awards moved their awards to coincide with British Pie Week, and this year celebrate their 14th year! Last year it had to be postponed to September, but the show still went on. While we won't be there in person this year, judging happens in Melton Mowbray this Wednesday and we look forward to hearing the results this Friday!

British Pie Week Pierate
British Pie Week 2022 is from 7-13th March!

Pie-motions this Pie Week

As it's British Pie Week, a number of pie shops and pie companies are doing special pie-motions to give you even more reason to eat pie this week (as if you really needed it!) We'll share some of our favourites throughout the week but to give you a flavour:
  • Pieminister are giving you the chance to nominate an idea and design your own pie, the best one of which will be put into pie-duction later in the year
  • Turner's Pies, who have been British Pie Awards Supreme Champion twice now, are giving away a year's supply of pies to one lucky customer. A pie a week for a year! While that wouldn't be enough for us Pierateers, it still sounds a fabulous pie-rize!! All you need to do is order some pies from their website between 7th-13th March. What are you waiting for???

If you’re a pie maker or pie seller and have any special promotions for British Pie Week, get in touch with us and we can celebrate your British Pie Week offers right here! Either send us an email to pierateship@yahoo.co.uk or tweet us @pierateers to let us promote your pie week plans!

PIE-LIGHTS OF PAST BRITISH PIE WEEKS

During British Pie Week 2014 we Pierateers consumed a quite incredible 55 pies and you can see the breakdown right here! There were so many highlights that we had to do a whole day-by-day account of it, including a Python pie, a day of just eating apple pie and Pierateer SJL eating 21 pies - one for every meal of British Pie Week.

In fact, Pierateer SJL didn't just eat a pie for every meal but he proved that you can eat pie and lose weight!!! Yes, we can hardly believe it either!

In 2015 we raised the bar even higher by consuming a whopping 71 pies between 2 Pierateers! This included a Pieathon (seeing how long we could just eat pies for) and Rob eating pie for 67% of his diet that week!


Tweet of the Day



So whatever you’re up to this British Pie Week, we hope you have pie and enjoy it! For more ideas, why not check out our #PiePledge video below?



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Thursday, 3 March 2022

British Pie Week 2022 - Everything you need to know!

With British Pie Week kicking off on Monday 7th March 2022, we thought you might want to find out everything you should know about the greatest week in pie! With the impacts of covid-19 reducing in Britain and the o-pie-tunity to get out and about visiting pie shops and hosting pie parties, there's no excuse not to celebrate again properly this year! So read on to find out more!


British Pie Week 2022
When is British Pie Week?


British Pie Week is held the first full week of March, which this year is 7th-13th March 2022. That means it is the latest in the year it can possibly be this year!

What is British Pie Week?

Originally set up by a pastry maker as a way to sell more of their pastry, it is now Britain’s main celebration of pie! Pubs, restaurants, pie shops and more have used British Pie Week to run com-pie-titions, pie specials and the like, while supermarkets sometimes use the week to discount their pie ranges. The British Pie Awards have even moved their awards to this week, to coincide with British Pie Week, back in pie week again after being moved to later in the year in 2021 due to Coronavirus!

However it’s also an excuse for pie lovers like the Pierateers to do various pie stunts and for the average pie fan to excuse their pie eating for a week! (“Well it’s Pie Week, so I have to have a pie!!!”)

British Pie Week Pierate
British Pie Week 2022 is from 7th-13th March!
How can I get involved?

Well, the pies the limit! Of course the more traditional ways include eating a pie from a pie shop or pub, purchasing a pie from your local supermarket or make an online order from your favourite online pie supplier (or try out a new one!)

Or you could of course make your own pie at home. There are plenty of reci-pies out there to use, including a number we have tried and rated ourselves. Or you could still do some crazy pie stunt like only eating pies for a day (which we’ve done numerous times) or create an unusual filling for a pie – like we did with our Pie-thon (python meat pie).

Online Pie Order Ideas:

You can order pies from our Number 1 rated pie maker MyPie on their website here: https://www.mypie.london/store

You can order pies from British Pie Awards winners Turner's Pies on their website here: https://piesbypost.com/

You can order pies from Pieminister on their website here: https://pieminister.co.uk/shop/category/pies/

Python pie
The infamous Python meat pie!

PIE-LIGHTS OF PAST BRITISH PIE WEEKS

During British Pie Week 2014 we Pierateers consumed a quite incredible 55 pies and you can see the breakdown right here! There were so many highlights that we had to do a whole day-by-day account of it, including a Python pie, a day of just eating apple pie and Pierateer SJL eating 21 pies - one for every meal of British Pie Week.

In fact, Pierateer SJL didn't just eat a pie for every meal but he proved that you can eat pie and lose weight!!! Yes, we can hardly believe it either!

In 2015 we raised the bar even higher by consuming a whopping 71 pies between 2 Pierateers! This included a Pieathon (seeing how long we could just eat pies for) and Rob eating pie for 67% of his diet that week!


When did it all start?

British Pie Week was created by a pastry company in 2007 to sell more pastry, but it seems that company have now ditched the idea, with the lucrative www.britishpieweek.co.uk webpage now just re-directing to their main pastry website and their @BritPieWeek twitter account not having been updated since March 2016!

This means the new home of British Pie Week is really www.pierate.co.uk, who don’t care about making money or selling more pastry, but want to celebrate the pie – with well over 600 pies already rated and numerous pie-related stunts highlighting their love of pie! For more information on what Pierate have got up to over the years since first celebrating British Pie Week in 2011, check out our dedicated British Pie Week page!

British Pie Week Pierate Pie
The Pierate Logo Pie made for us in British Pie Week 2014!
Find out more about this Nice Pie here.
How can Pierate help me this British Pie Week?

Well, there's no denying we are the web's pie-remier pie resource with almost 1.5 million pie fans visiting our pie blog! You can browse our Pie Rankings of over 600 pies rated and ranked so that you can avoid the bad ones and grab the best ones, plus we have a pie pun dictionary (so you can pun-ctuate your conversation in pie week) and more pie trivia than you can shake a stick at! We truly are the home of the pie review at www.pierate.co.uk and you can find out more about the piefessionals (pie experts) in our About Us section!


So whatever you’re up to this British Pie Week, we hope you have pie and enjoy it! For more ideas, why not check out our #PiePledge video below?



RAS

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Friday, 12 November 2021

International Pierate Day 2021

We Pierateers of pie review website www.pierate.co.uk are today celebrating our 12th Birthday, and we'd love you to join us by simply eating a pie and rating it!


That’s why we’ve designated
12th November as International Pierate Day!


The Pierate Pie made especially for us by Nice Pie!
It follows in the footsteps of the very first International Pierate Day in 2013, which has been celebrated on 12th November every year since! But we don’t want you – pie lovers worldwide – to just sit at home and watch as we eat all the pies! Oh no! Pie eating and pie rating is something we can all enjoy. Something that can bring friends, family and communities together. Pies are celebrated and eaten in so many countries worldwide and so today – marking our twelfth birthday – we would love you to join us in eating and rating pies this week to celebrate!

Sadly of course, as with so many events in 2020, covid restrictions meant we could not gather together to eat pie in celebration with 50 friends last year like we did when celebrating our tenth birthday. And this year's celebrations have been scaled back a bit. But Pierateer Rob and 9 friends enjoyed a pie meal out at Pieminster last night to celebrate the anniversary and looks forward to more pie adventures this weekend. And of course we can still use the illustrated guide below on how to rate a pie, based on our 7 Cs of pie rating, which we commissioned fellow food blogger and amazing illustrator Emily from www.recipesandreviews.co.uk to create for us for our 6th birthday!

An illustrated guide on how to rate a pie by @emily_etc


So here’s the deal... in six simple words: Eat a pie and rate it!

It doesn’t matter whether it’s savoury or sweet, or whether you prefer your pies without the wheat or meat! We really do rate anything and everything that is a true pie and sometimes a number of interesting things that try to be pies too! But the important thing is we love to eat pie and rate it – for we are, after all, the Pierateers!

So once you’ve found a pie to eat – whether in the local bakery, butchers, supermarket or your favourite pie shop or one you have made in the luxury of your own home – why not rate your pie using the Seven Cs of pie rating in our lovely illustrated guide above?

So what do you need to do now?


Well, first things first - you need a pie (or two!) For insPIEration you might find our Pie Rankings helpful, with over 650 pies we've rated and reviewed over the past 11 years! Or perhaps you want to make one of the pies our Ship's Cook has made, following her reci-pies here.

You can even watch us on the BBC website advising what to look for in a pie!

Most of all, we hope you enjoy eating and rating pies today, this weekend and for the year to come!



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Friday, 5 November 2021

Birmingham Pie Night Announced for 12th Anniversary

It wouldn't be right to not celebrate our Pierate anniversary with a pie party and, while last year's had to be limited to just Pierateer Rob and his support bubble (which was still a decent sized pie-rty due to all the Senior kids!), this year we are back in a pie shop and ready to celebrate the only way we know how: eating and rating pie!! 

Pierateer Rob visiting Pieminister Birmingham
Pierateer Rob visiting Pieminister Birmingham
So on 11th November, Pierate are going to rummage and pillage the pies at Pieminister Birmingham once again as we host a Pierateer Takeover for our 12th anniversary - just like we have done in the past during British Pie Weeks such as British Pie Week 2018!


Being held from 7pm on Thursday 11th November, the night will be a chance for friends of the Pierateers to catch up on what's been going down on the Pierate Ship, and most importantly to eat and rate some delicious pies! It's sure to be a great way to celebrate 12 years of pie rating!

Pieminister Birmingham at 16 Waterloo Street
For those who don't know, Bristol pie giant Pieminister opened up a shop in Birmingham city centre in mid-2017 and we've frequented it a number of times already. However we certainly hadn't waited until they opened a shop in Birmingham before rating one of their pies, for we have rated 19 Pieminister pies in total and one of our very first reviews over 10 years ago was from Pieminister!

Since then we've tried some of their "Pie Election" winners (when pie fans got to choose which old favourites to bring back to the menu for British Pie Week 2015) and we were even crazy enough to try their Cricket pie in 2017! Yes, that's right - it had actual whole insects in it!!

So here's the details of the pie night and how you can get involved:

Kick off 7pm
Delicious pies on offer at Pieminister - we've rated 19!
We'll be arriving at the Pieminister Birmingham shop for 7pm, where we'll have some dedicated Pierateer Takeover tables set aside for us! (We advise you book up to avoid disappointment!)

Pick your pie!
There are a whole host of pies to choose from on their menu.

Who rate all the Pies?!
During the two hours Pierateer Rob will be around to chat pies, give you a bit of info about how to rate a pie on the 7 Cs of pie rating, as well as a brief update on what we've been up to over the years! And if he can, he'll try to answer your pie-related questions (like when is a pie not a pie?!) Just look out for him in his black Pierate t-shirt and don't be afraid to come up and say hi if we haven't met yet!


This pie night is open to friends plus readers of our pie blog and entry is free - you just pay the pie shop for your food and drinks as normal - but to attend we advise you ring and book into the Pieminister Birmingham Store on 0121 285 3743 (as places in the restaurant are limited).

We hope to see some of you there!



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Saturday, 6 March 2021

The Pie Room Review

The Pie Room Recipe Book by Calum Franklin - Cheesy Dauphinoise & Caramelised Onion Pie Review

British Pie Week is a special time of year and the Pierate virtual pie night seemed a perfect excuse to go for something a bit fancy. One of the best known producers of fancy pies is Calum Franklin who we previously talked to about the beautiful pastry creations he makes for the Holborn Dining Room where he has created a specific 'Pie Room'. Calum has now released a recipe and guide book called 'The Pie Room' and given the time we are spending at home in the lockdown it seemed the perfect thing to try out for British Pie Week. Unfortunately on the Pierate Ship we are more known for eating pies and some of our creations have been far from beautiful so I was a bit concerned about how this would go. I also had to alternate from the recipe in that I made Gluten Free pastry so that Pierateer ALE could also enjoy the pie. We are moving house and had a glut of onions to use so I chose the Cheesy Dauphinoise & Caramelised Onion Pie. It also contained a lot of milk and cream which sounded great to me, being from a dairy farm I do love my milk. This was the first time I had ever made a freestanding pie, I was worried that it might completely fall apart but despite using notoriously crumbly gluten free pastry it only cracked slightly. The pie took absolutely ages to make so I didn't feel motivated to do more than a simple pastry homage to British Pie Week but it was still one of the best looking pies I have ever made (the competition isn't strong though). I slightly got the advice on egg glaze wrong which was a bit disappointing because I was keen to get a pie as deep brown as the ones Calum makes, but it was still a pleasing colour. The pie sliced like a dream which was one of the joys of making this free standing pie, it really still looked like pie when served up on your plate. I made the recipe with half the listed ingredients and Pierateer ALE and I had a quarter each.

But how did it taste? I always find it strange to review a pie I have made but if I give the credit to Calum I think I can say that this was delicious. I can't actually remember having a meat-free pie as tasty as this. It would definitely be worthy of a Pierate Highly Recommended award. There wasn't anything too fancy or difficult to source in the recipe except quite a lot of fresh rosemary and thyme. This, along with the onion and some garlic added a delicious taste to the creamy and cheesy filling. The filling was built in layers which adds to the appearance. Unfortunately with my smaller version I think it was too shallow to fully reveal the layers but it still looked good. It was quite remarkable how moist this pie was despite being free standing. The potato was soft but retained some bite giving it a satisfying consistency. A pie really befitting of British Pie Week and I would certainly recommend it if the meat free content sounds appealing to you.

Cheesy Dauphinoise & Caramelised Onion (The Pie Room Recipe by Calum Franklin)
6.25/7

SJL






P.S. A few words on the making of this pie, I really tried to follow the recipe to the letter which took me ages. Although the ingredients were simple the potato and onion were separately cooked on the hob, then also in the oven before being wrapped in pastry. The final pie then took 45 minutes in the oven. There was also a lot of times where you had to put things in the fridge to chill, it felt complicated to someone not used to these things. I think the pie would fall apart without following all the steps so overall allow plenty of time. I made the filling the day before which worked well. The main thing that I found really amazing was that the filling all held together when I turned it out of a dish on top of the pastry. Then through some miracle my gluten free pastry stayed in one piece as I turned this onto the filling. If making this kind of pie appeals to you I would recommend the book which is well written and includes plenty of general guides, tips and tricks as well as the actual recipes.






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Monday, 1 March 2021

British Pie Week 2021 - Everything you need to know!

With British Pie Week kicking off today, we thought you might want to find out everything you should know about the greatest week in pie! Of course, like so many things in the world, this British Pie Week will be a little different due to the impacts of covid-19. However that doesn't stop you celebrating it! So read on to find out more!


British Pie Week 2021 Logo
When is British Pie Week?

British Pie Week is held the first full week of March, which this year is 1st-7th March 2021. That means it is as early in the year as is possible this year!

What is British Pie Week?

Originally set up by a pastry maker as a way to sell more of their pastry, it is now Britain’s main celebration of pie! Pubs, restaurants, pie shops and more have used British Pie Week to run com-pie-titions, pie specials and the like, while supermarkets sometimes use the week to discount their pie ranges. The British Pie Awards have even moved their awards to this week, to coincide with British Pie Week, though this year it won't be happening in March due to Coronavirus!

However it’s also an excuse for pie lovers like the Pierateers to do various pie stunts and for the average pie fan to excuse their pie eating for a week! (“Well it’s Pie Week, so I have to have a pie!!!”)

British Pie Week Pierate
British Pie Week 2021 is from 1st-7th March!
How can I get involved?

Well, the pies the limit! Of course the more traditional ways include eating a pie from a pie shop or pub but they aren't an option this year, so you could either purchase a pie from your local supermarket or make an online order from your favourite online pie supplier (or try out a new one!)

Or you could of course make your own pie at home. While this year the "stay at home" message means we won't be able to organise an in-person pie night like we normally do, you could always try an e-pie night with friends over Zoom or Skype? That's what the Pierateers will be doing on Friday night! Or you could still do some crazy pie stunt like only eating pies for a day (which we’ve done numerous times) or create an unusual filling for a pie – like we did with our Pie-thon (python meat pie).

Online Pie Order Ideas:

You can order pies from our Number 1 rated pie maker MyPie on their website here: https://www.mypie.london/store

You can order pies from British Pie Awards winners Turner's Pies on their website here: https://piesbypost.com/

You can order pies from Pieminister (like we have for our social bubble pie party on Sunday) on their website here: https://pieminister.co.uk/shop/category/pies/

Python pie
The infamous Python meat pie!

PIE-LIGHTS OF PAST BRITISH PIE WEEKS

During British Pie Week 2014 we Pierateers consumed a quite incredible 55 pies and you can see the breakdown right here! There were so many highlights that we had to do a whole day-by-day account of it, including a Python pie, a day of just eating apple pie and Pierateer SJL eating 21 pies - one for every meal of British Pie Week.

In fact, Pierateer SJL didn't just eat a pie for every meal but he proved that you can eat pie and lose weight!!! Yes, we can hardly believe it either!

In 2015 we raised the bar even higher by consuming a whopping 71 pies between 2 Pierateers! This included a Pieathon (seeing how long we could just eat pies for) and Rob eating pie for 67% of his diet that week!


When did it all start?

British Pie Week was created by a pastry company in 2007 to sell more pastry, but it seems that company have now ditched the idea, with the lucrative www.britishpieweek.co.uk webpage now just re-directing to their main pastry website and their @BritPieWeek twitter account not having been updated since March 2016!

This means the new home of British Pie Week is really www.pierate.co.uk, who don’t care about making money or selling more pastry, but want to celebrate the pie – with well over 600 pies already rated and numerous pie-related stunts highlighting their love of pie! For more information on what Pierate have got up to over the years since first celebrating British Pie Week in 2011, check out our dedicated British Pie Week page!

British Pie Week Pierate Pie
The Pierate Logo Pie made for us in British Pie Week 2014!
Find out more about this Nice Pie here.
How can Pierate help me this British Pie Week?

Well, there's no denying we are the web's pie-remier pie resource with over 1 million pie fans visiting our pie blog! You can browse our Pie Rankings of over 600 pies rated and ranked so that you can avoid the bad ones and grab the best ones, plus we have a pie pun dictionary (so you can pun-ctuate your conversation in pie week) and more pie trivia than you can shake a stick at! We truly are the home of the pie review at www.pierate.co.uk and you can find out more about the piefessionals (pie experts) in our About Us section!

Finally, if you’re a pie maker or pie seller and have any special promotions for British Pie Week, get in touch with us and we can celebrate your British Pie Week offers right here! Either send us an email to pierateship@yahoo.co.uk or tweet us @pierateers to let us promote your pie week plans!


So whatever you’re up to this British Pie Week, we hope you have pie and enjoy it! For more ideas, why not check out our #PiePledge video below?



RAS

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Thursday, 12 November 2020

International Pierate Day 2020

We Pierateers of pie review website www.pierate.co.uk are today celebrating our 11th Birthday, and we'd love you to join us by simply eating a pie and rating it!


That’s why we’ve designated
12th November as International Pierate Day!


The Pierate Pie made especially for us by Nice Pie!
It follows in the footsteps of the very first International Pierate Day in 2013, which has been celebrated on 12th November every year since! But we don’t want you – pie lovers worldwide – to just sit at home and watch as we eat all the pies! Oh no! Pie eating and pie rating is something we can all enjoy. Something that can bring friends, family and communities together. Pies are celebrated and eaten in so many countries worldwide and so today – marking our eleventh birthday – we would love you to join us in eating and rating pies this week to celebrate!

Sadly of course, as with so many events in 2020, covid restrictions mean we cannot gather together to eat pie in celebration with 50 friends like we did last year when celebrating our tenth birthday. Instead things we will be a bit quieter this time around, as we celebrate another year of pie rating in our individual houses with a classic box of Mr Kipling pies, amongst others. But we can still use the illustrated guide below on how to rate a pie, based on our 7 Cs of pie rating, which we commissioned fellow food blogger and amazing illustrator Emily from www.recipesandreviews.co.uk to create for us for our 6th birthday!

An illustrated guide on how to rate a pie by @emily_etc


So here’s the deal... in six simple words: Eat a pie and rate it!

It doesn’t matter whether it’s savoury or sweet, or whether you prefer your pies without the wheat or meat! We really do rate anything and everything that is a true pie and sometimes a number of interesting things that try to be pies too! But the important thing is we love to eat pie and rate it – for we are, after all, the Pierateers!

So once you’ve found a pie to eat – whether in the local bakery, butchers, supermarket or your favourite pie shop or one you have made in the luxury of your own home – why not rate your pie using the Seven Cs of pie rating in our lovely illustrated guide above?

So what do you need to do now?


Well, first things first - you need a pie (or two!) For insPIEration you might find our Pie Rankings helpful, with over 650 pies we've rated and reviewed over the past 11 years! Or perhaps you want to make one of the pies our Ship's Cook has made, following her reci-pies here.

You can even watch us on the BBC website advising what to look for in a pie!

Most of all, we hope you enjoy eating and rating pies this week! We sure will and can't wait to celebrate properly again together soon!!!



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Friday, 12 June 2020

Pieday Friday - 12th June 2020 - MacClanger and MyPie Delivery



It's Friday! It's Pieday!


As the days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months, those of us still in the UK lockdown are in need of a pie pick me up! So after far too long an absence, and to celebrate 1.2 million views on the web's leading pie review blog, here are some pie-lights of the last few weeks to get you drooling!



Gunns Bakery: Will people go nuts for it or have they dropped a clanger?!

Now we've been served many different pastry products and many quirky fillings over the years, but this one may be one of the more unusual we have heard of! Available in time for Father's Day (21st June), a freelance chef has won a com-pie-tition for Gunns Bakery in Bedfordshire to create their new Clanger flavour incorporating Macadamia nuts from nut supplier Nutcellars. The idea of the contest was to use the Macadamia nuts in a quirky new Bedfordshire Clanger reci-pie, creating a world first "MacClanger"!
Bedfordshire MacClanger
Bedfordshire MacClanger

Historically Clangers would have been made out of pastry and whatever filling the person had available to them, with a meat end and a sweet end. So, for example, a gammon or ham and potato meat filling might be complimented by a sweet chopped up apple sauce at the other end.

The winner of the com-pie-tition was freelance chef Spencer Westcott, who created a Chicken Satay 'n' Chocolate Macadamia MacClanger! It will be produced and sold in Gunns Bakery in Bedfordshire and, like Bakery owner David Gunn, we are intrigued to see how nuts his customers are about this new pastry product! Spencer himself is a self confessed fan of pies and pasties, and while we Pierateers would argue this MacClanger isn't officially a pie - which is filling fully encased in pastry, with a clearly defined base, sides and lid - this pastry parcel certainly sounds worth picking up for Father's Day this year!

Check out the photos and let us know what you think about the new Bedfordshire MacClanger!!

Bedfordshire MacClanger
Bedfordshire MacClanger Cut-through


MyPie Delivery throughout Lockdown!!

Pierateers with number 1 pie maker - Chris!
(L to R - Chris, SJL, TJP, RAS)

MyPie London, who make our number 1 rated pie out of over 600 have been setting up shop online during the lockdown period, replacing their usual street food market stalls for nationwide delivery of their award winning and Pierate Highly Recommended pies via the MyPie website. We were delighted to try the Chicken and Mushroom pie recently, which will need to be reviewed soon, and Pierateer Sam sent a box of pies to his dad to cheer him up recently too!






Pierate Ship finally set sail to Africa!

We were delighted recently to finally add our African pie reviews to the blog, in our "African Pie Tour" article! This means we have now reviewed pies in Europe, North America, Asia, Australasia and now Africa. Only South America and Antarctica to go!!

African Pie Tour Review
African Pie Tour


If you have a story you think would be good to feature on the web's leading pie review site, send us an email at pierateship@yahoo.co.uk or contact us on Twitter @pierateers
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Sunday, 26 April 2020

2.6 Pieathlon Charity Challenge!

Pierate has a great tradition of stupid challenges from seeing how many days we can last eating only pies to making ridiculous and disgusting pie flavours. So it is on that theme that I have decided to do the 2.6 Pieathlon Charity Challenge.

Sunday 26th April would have been the London Marathon, the largest one day charity fundraising event in the world. Charities are missing out on a lot of funding but still have work to do and costs, hence the 2.6 challenge was created, to do fundraising events themed around the number 26 or 2.6 such as to run 2.6 km. I have come up with the 2.6 Pieathlon. Basically I have to eat 2.6 pies and then run 2.6km within 26 minutes. I will do this at 20.26 on Sunday 26th. I can normally run 2.6km comfortably in around 13 minutes. I estimate around 4-5 minutes to eat 2.6 pies so it should be fairly doable if I am able to run after eating that much pie, even if it is fairly slow. I really have no idea, I am normally pretty bad at running after eating and it is likely to be fairly uncomfortable and I might feel a bit sick! I will also try and record it on my phone which will limit my ability to run. The pies are Pukka Steak pies which we look on fairly fondly despite their mass produced nature but they are fairly heavy as pies go which will add to the difficulty.

If you fancy donating follow the link below, I will add the link to the video after the challenge is completed!

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SamLacey3

Update:

The challenge was successfully completed, with the addition of 2.6 glasses of milk and a top hat! See the video on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/s.j.lacey/videos/10102271884956744/

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