From the delicious to the down-right bizarre, take a culinary journey with us for British Pie Week and discover some of Britain’s best pies.
Did you know English apple pie dates back to the time of Chaucer?
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The 1381 recipe includes ‘good apples, good spices, figs, raisins and pears’. We’d recommend finishing yours off with a big dollop of custard – another British favourite, or you can leave it to the hands of an expert baker at The Apple Pie restaurant in the Lake District.
One for the indecisive, the Bedfordshire Clanger is a perfect snack for those who can’t decide between dinner and dessert.
A firm favourite amongst pie-lovers and pasty connoisseur alike, the clanger has a savoury filling at one end and a sweet filling at the other. Head to Gunns Bakery, aka the home of the Bedfordshire Clanger, as they have over 40 years of pie-making experience tucked under their belt.
Neatly spread with raspberry jam, slathered in a custard filling, and rounded off with shortcrust pastry, this fruity number was first recorded by the Victorian cookery writer Mrs Beaston.
Head to Robinson's, reputedly Manchester's oldest bakery, to sample one of these staple Manchester school-dinner favourites.
Not one for the faint-hearted, the Stargazey pie is the culinary result of a savoury pie crossed with a local legend.
The unique fish pie began its life in Mousehole, Cornwall, where the legendary pie is served on Tom Bawcock’s Eve to celebrate the fisherman’s bravery in a time of trouble. Get yours from the Stargazey in St Merryn.
Boasting a double layer of hot water crust pastry and a generous helping of mutton for filling, the hearty Scotch Pie originates from Scotland (no surprises there).
These meaty delicacies make a common appearance at football matches, accompanied with a hot drink of Bovril of course. Get stuck in at Kandy Bar in North Ayrshire, crowned the Scotch Pie World Champion in 2016.