Next week is one of the most glorious weeks of the year and perhaps one of the most underrated: it’s British Pie Week. A week in which we can celebrate all things pastry, meat and carbs. London has risen to the challenge once more, serving up both classic pies and (because it’s London) twists on the original – but we’re easy-going here, we’ll take them all!
What: Three Time Award Winners
Why: When it comes to pies, Mayfair pub The Windmill knows what it’s doing. They have won the British Pie Awards three times and each year serve up around 115 tonnes of pie and 5,500 litres of gravy – that’s the equivalent of 70 baths’ worth. So, as we say, they know what they’re doing. For British Pie Week they will be serving up classics likes of venison and wild mushroom, steak and kidney and chicken, Dingley Dell ham and leek. As well as paring the pies with beers, they have also created a unique gin and pie pairing of Whitely Neill gin, Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic and fresh orange to go with the venison and mushroom and chicken, Dingley Dell and leek pies.
Where: The Windmill, 6-8 Mill Street, Mayfair, W1S 2AZ
What: Not Quite a Pie
Why: Strictly speaking not a pie, but it does have pastry and how can you deny the look of this little duck egg vol au vent at Coq d’Argent? This “pie” is crossing boundaries and we like it.
Where: No.1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
What: Craft Pies
Why: Over at Holborn Dining Room, Head Chef Calum Franklin and his team are not messing around when it comes to pies. Each one of their pies features lattice detailing and are egg-washed at least three times. The result, a pie that looks just as good as it tastes. The menu includes a lamb curry pie made from slow cooked shoulder of mutton, potato and traditional curry spice mix, served with mango salsa and a steamed steak and kidney pudding with slow cooked cheek and chuck braised with onions and kidneys.
Where: 252 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7EN
What: Beef in Brioche
Why: Plateau are celebrating British Pie Week with this hunk of beef wrapped in brioche – doesn’t that just sound devilishly good? Get it to share either in the restaurant or the grill.
Where: 4th Floor, Canada Place London, E14
What: All the Pies
Why: In London you’ll find Tom’s Kitchen at Somerset House, in Chelsea, Canary Wharf and St Katherine’s Dock and luckily for you all of them will be serving up seasonal pie specials, created by their Head Chefs. You could do all four and still have three days left…
Where: Tom's Kitchen Canary Wharf, Westferry Circus, London
What: Traditional Eel and Pie Shop
Why: Want a proper pie? This is the place for you. Established in 1902 by Michael Manze, M Manze serve your pie with mash smoothed (1 scoop or 2) onto the side of the plate and a generous ladle of liquor (homemade parsley gravy). Stewed eels are available for the brave but we’re happy sticking to the carbs…
Where: 87 Tower Bridge Road, Southwark, SE1 4TW
What: Sweet Sharing Pie
Why: Cubitt House are jumping at the chance to make pies with not one but two excuses this March. A sharing apple, caramel and walnut pie has been specially created by The Orange for Pie Week, but you won’t miss out in all the other venues as they’ve got a ‘Tripple Crown Pie’ inspired by the home nations to be enjoyed on match days during the Six Nations.
Where: 37 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8NE
What: Pie in the Sky
Why: Eat your pie from great heights at Aqua Shard. Created especially for Pie Week, the restaurant’s Executive Chef, Dale Osborne, has created an open beef and oyster pie complete with seaweed mash, puff pastry shard (appropriate) and oyster leaves. Nothing boring about this.
Available for dinner from Monday 6th March – Sunday 12th March
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
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