As British Pie Week is nearly upon us, we take a look at one of the nation’s favourite dishes – the pie.
Eaten hot or cold, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, watching the football, slumped on the sofa, on your own or with the family, the pie is a definite favourite of the nation – and always tastes better with a great beer!
To celebrate ‘British Pie Week’ 1-7 March, we’ve looked into the history of the good old pie, and some of the best places you can tuck into this delicious dish.
Pie-like dishes can be traced back as far as the ancient Egyptians, but it’s believed that the first example of a meat filling enclosed in a basic pastry made of flour and oil, originated in ancient Rome.
However, the pie we know and love today has its roots in Northern Europe. Back in the day, olive oil was scarce to non-existent in the region. So, butter and lard were the fats of choice in the harsher and colder climes north of the Mediterranean. The use of these solid fats created a pastry that could be rolled and moulded – and so the true pie was born.
The pie comes in many forms and variations across the country. The Cornish have their pasties, Londoners enjoy their meaty pie and mash, the East Midlands rule on pork pies, and further north you will find the Wigan delicacy, The Pie Barm (a pie in a bread roll).
Savoury pies have been the backbone of English cooking for centuries, with the likes of Shepherd's Pie (made with lamb) and Cottage Pie (made with beef) both topped with mashed potatoes still popular today. With such a wide variety of filling and pastry options, pies give chefs a great opportunity to be creative with ingredients, linking flavours to specific seasons and exploring ingredients from across the world, keeping pies interesting. But it’s the good old humble pies we all still enjoy and love!
So, if like me your taste buds are tantalised, there’s a few places to try a delicious pie and a great beer to go with it, all to take away from your local pub this March.
Which beer to enjoy with which pie?
Glad you asked, as between us and our business owners, we have the world of pies covered in our pubs and just the beer to match them…
Chicken and Mushroom Pie
This pie goes down a real treat and when served with mash, peas and gravy and will taste great with a pint of Beacon Hill.
Try it with a pint of Sunchaser to really compliment the fish with the beers citrus flavours.
Goes great with a pint of Tiger to enhance the richness of the meat.
Steak and Ale Pie
This timeless pie is perfectly paired with a pint of Old Original, with these two classics on your table, you can’t go wrong!
So, if you love a pie, get involved and support your local, just check their social media pages where you are sure to find a mouth-watering pie dish to suit your taste buds – and you can stock up on the perfect beer to match here!