Thursday, 2 July 2015

Great North Pie Co: Goosnargh Chicken, Mushroom, English Mustard & Tarragon

Goosnargh Chicken, Mushroom, English Mustard & Tarragon

What a delightful pie by the clever people at Great North Pie Company. The full ingredients being Corn-fed Goosnargh chicken, roast mushrooms, English mustard cream, white wine, tarragon, lemon, breadcrumbs and poppy seeds wrapped in the normal high standard pastry we associate with the Great North Pie Company.

The collective all liked this pie and I was particularly taken with the use of the English Mustard cream mmmmmm.....

Gorgeous pie we'd give this a 9/10.

Great North Pie Co: Salt Beef Brisket, Potato & White Onion Cream

Salt Beef Brisket, Potato & White Onion Cream
A fathers day treat par excellence, a trio of Great North Pie Company pies. 

The three were from chosen were from their current summer menu and first up was this delicious offering the Salt Beef Brisket, Potato & White Onion Cream Pie.

As you can see from the picture there is no air with their pies. One thing you notice after trying a Great North Pie is the ingredients. You can taste each component part at some point. This pie contains Salt beef brisket, Cheshire farm potatoes, white onions, double cream, Worcestershire sauce, white pepper, sesame and pastrami spices.

The pie collective were very happy with this pie and give it an easy 9/10.

Great North Pie Co: Beetroot, White Cheshire & Apricot

Beetroot, White Cheshire & Apricot
The second up of our Great North Company pies is the Beetroot, White Cheshire & Apricot consisting of White Cheshire cheese, beetroot marinated in carrot and apricot chutney by Galore! Beetroot cream, dried apricot, caraway and oregano. 

When you cut into this pie you are immediately struck by the colour and the beetroot which produces this is not too everyones liking. The younger members of the Pie tribe were not taken with either the Beetroot or the apricot elements. 

The older piemunchers were drawn in by the combination of these two ingredients. Cheshire Cheese is the best in the world but within a Pie context it could become a little too dry for some palates. However both the beetroot and apricot chutney give it some moisture and a sweet contrast to the strong tasting Cheshire cheese.

Definitely a split vote on this resulting in a collective but slightly unfair 8/10.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Khalsa Aid

"Recognise the whole human race as one"
Khalsa Aid, Llanberis Path
Got to walk up Snowdon with my good friend Georgio Dragonslayer last Saturday to raise monies for the cancer charity Love, Hope and Strength Foundation. The weather was pretty damp, windy and challenging. 

However it all worked out well and we made it up & down safely. Big massive thanks to all our generous sponsors whose donations were an inspiration before, during and after the event.

One of the many enduring memories of the day will be the fellows walkers we met and shared with on the day. As well as the LHS participants there were a number of other groups which made for very busy mountain! 

In particular though I would mention all the many walkers walking to raise funds for the work of Khalsa Aid There were an awful lot of them and they came from all over the UK. We got talking to some guys from Leicester who had left even earlier to get there for the day.

As a group they were very jolly, positive and supportive to all. A mixture of ages they were a credit to the human race, the Sikh Community and the UK. Their base camp supporters/organisers had set up a welcome back area for their walkers as they returned to LLanberis village. They had also prepared food and and bottles of cold water to give to all walkers not just their own. Their generosity and kind spirit will be remembered for a long time by this walker.

Base Camp, Llanberis
"Established in 1999, Khalsa Aid is an international non-profit aid and relief organization founded on the Sikh principles of selfless service and universal love."

Friday, 19 June 2015

Snowdon Rocks

Big day tomorrow. Weather is looking foul. Knee is a bit sore, but raring to go !!!!!! If you would like to donate we would appreciate any amount ..........

Love Hope Strength Foundation is a charity that promotes innovative, music related, outreach and awareness programmes for leukemia and cancer sufferers, survivors and their families.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Vaughans Butchers of Penyffordd - PIEMASTER

Steve Vaughan, "PIEMASTER"
We may be Piemen or Pietasters but Steve Vaughan is a  PIEMASTER. Top pies consistently served up, (and sold out) his pies are the the baseline by which we judge all others. 

For the latest updates on what's new and available check  out his facebook page at this link Vaughans Butchers (The Steak & Stilton is brilliant). He is also a renowned Champion Sausage maker, check out his trophies !!

If your travelling along the A55 to or from North Wales, the village of Penyffordd is only two miles off junction 35. The shop is the centre of the village by the War memorial at Wood Lane, CH4 0JN. Tel:01244 543102

Vaughans of Penyffordd

Friday, 6 March 2015

Deeerstalker Pie, Pieminister Pies

Deerstalker Pie, Minty Mushy Peas and Red Wine Gravy

From the Manchester branch of Pieminister Pies we also selected the Deerstalker Pie, "A British venison, dry cured bacon, red wine & puy lentil pie".  To this was  added minty mushy peas and then covered in their red wine gravy. It was a moment before I started eating it, as it looked so beautiful!

The pastry was great, and the filling/ingredients were excellent. The added touch of the peas and gravy made this a meal in itself and a great tasting session. Can't wait to go back and try some more. We will give this an 8.9/10.

Heidi Pie, Pieminister Pies

Heidi Pie - Pieminister

"A Somerset goats’ cheese, sweet potato, spinach & red onion pie" according the menu and excellent it was. Make no mistake  Pieminister Pies are not cheap but they have filling from the bottom to the top and taste to spare compares to most Pies. The taste was superb ( each ingredient was noticed) and the pastry (which looked good) was just right, holding the filling together but not heavy and dry.

This was an easy 9/10 and have no hesitation in recommending it to you.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Pieminister Pies: Manchester

Pieminister Pies Manchester Northern Quater
What a delight to finally experience the edible offerings at a Pieminister Pies outlet. Two of the Pie tribe were wandering around Manchester and not far from Piccadily Gardens, on Church Street in the northern quarter, we find the restaurant.

Plenty of taste to choose from........
Staff were great, plenty to choose from, some offers, plenty of optional choices ,a reasonble selection of drinks and some nice puds. The service is good and the staff alert. It's not a huge place but comfortable and enjoyable. We'll be going again soon hopefully. Nice one Pieminister Pies.

Hard to argue against .......

Friday, 20 February 2015


Holland’s have a new competition, the details of which are quoted below. Which is your favourite accompaniment?

"For years Holland’s has been producing tasty pies that the people of the UK have come to love – now the proper pie makers have decided that their pies need a companion, which will be available to buy as a tasty accompaniment for Holland’s range of pies and puds. But Holland’s need your help in deciding what that might be!

The search is on to find the perfect condiment for Holland’s Pies; maybe you smother your pie in gravy – but what type? Or maybe it’s that tasty chip chop curry sauce that tingles your taste buds! Maybe it’s traditional brown sauce or ketchup that adds that something extra. Or is there a secret ingredient that you add to your pie? Whatever it is Holland’s would like to know!

To enter, simply head to Holland’s Facebook or Twitter page and post your suggestion, using the hashtag #perfectpies or email with your name and address and perfect pie accompaniment proposal! All suggestions will be put forward to Holland’s judges and a new range of side sauces will be created! What’s more, those that put forward an idea will be in with a chance of winning the new accompaniments!*

Become a fan and share your ideas at and on Twitter@hollandspies. For further information on the Holland’s Pie range please visit Holland’s is one of the UK’s best-loved pie makers; producing a range of delicious pies, puddings and pastries."