It’s Pie Week! Which means that we’ve finally got a legit, cast-iron excuse for eating, yes, ALL THE PIES! Which, of course, we needed no encouragement to act on. So here’s where we’ve been checking out over pie week.
St James's Pie
Sample the braised ox cheek and stout pie at 45 Jermyn Street and die, so the saying goes. Served with creamy mash and gravy this is exactly how pies are meant to be, and this is an establishment that takes making things exactly how they’re meant to be to new levels, with its by-gone era styling and traditional menu. Fitting given it’s in the heart of St James’s.
Where: 45 Jermyn St., St. James's, SW1Y 6DN
As might be expected from the Michelin-starred genius, Atul Kochhar, the Benares pie was always gong to be a little bit different. Meet the Tandoori Chicken Tikka Pie, served throughout pie week as part of the tasting menu. Mixing the essential blends of India and the UK the pie sits perfectly in a menu of complex and subtle flavour pairings.
Where: 12a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BS
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
Sat within a railway arch in Southwark Bala Baya is inspired by the vibrant sounds and sights of Tel Aviv. Chef Eran Tibi, formally of Ottolenghi, has created a marinated feta pie (with or without meat) for pie week, marrying his Middle Eastern home cooking and baking expertise with the classic British pie for a special creation.
Where: Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, Southwark, SE1 0LR
The Bluebird, the very hub of Chelsea, has put together a Pie Week afternoon tea, and why not? Featuring both sweet and savoury pies, thanks to Pastry Chef Roger Pizey, the tea is set over three tiers containing homemade pork, chicken and leek and cheddar and red onion pies, with sweet options of apple turnover and lemon meringue pie.
Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf (0.8 miles)
The Jugged Hare, Barbican’s got a handful of pies specially lined up for Pie Week. Their Cumbrian veal tongue ‘n’ cheek pie served with wild horseradish is as delicious as it sounds, though not to be outdone by their Devonshire kid goat shoulder, chervil root, whole grain mustard pie and their Iron Age pork neck, wild garlic, parsley root, crispy ears a’top.
Where: 49 Chiswell Street, Barbican, EC1Y 4SA
To mark Pie Week Holborn Dining Room have launched The Pie Room, a treasure trove of savoury delicacies and the brainchild of Executive Head Chef and pastry expert, Calum Franklin. Created as an extension to the kitchen, The Pie Room will give customers the opportunity to watch the restaurant’s chefs at work as they craft their pork pies, beef wellingtons, pate en croutes and pithiviers by hand.
Where: 252 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7EN
Crystal Palace Pie
Crystal Palace stalwart, Joanna’s, is celebrating Pie Week with an exclusive addition to their daily a la carte in the form of a seasonal special of slow-cooked lamb, rosemary and pea pie with wild garlic mash, paired with a fine French wine by local wine merchant Les Vins de Sylvain.
Where: 56 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, SE19 1RX
We might be about to run headfirst toward St Patrick’s Day, one of Irish chef Richard Corrigan’s busiest times of year, but he’s clearly keen to do Pie Week properly first, and doesn’t fail to deliver with a pheasant and smoked sausage pie or his oxtail and prune pie, both perfect with triple-cooked chips or mash!
Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)