British Pie Week: 10 London pies you gotta try

Steak and kidney pie @ The Windmill W1

Looking for “great pies”? – You’ll find ’em at this traditional Mayfair boozer where they headline the bill of “good old-fashioned British fare” at “reasonable prices” and in “huge portions”; cask beer, “excellent chips” and Sunday roasts are all tipped here too.


Chicken, mushroom and Champagne pie @ Bob Bob Ricard W1

“Everyone is dazzled by the exotic boothed interior and the press-for-champagne buttons”, when visiting this lavish Russian-owned diner in Soho, which is “super for impressing your guest”. Impress even more this British Pie Week by ordering the chicken, mushroom and Champagne pie. Or why not try the veggie version, which is just as delicious: The Champagne & truffle humble pie, made with wild mushrooms, cauliflower, celeriac, black truffle and a beaut puff pastry crust.


Traditional minced beef pie @ Goddards at Greenwich SE10

“There’s a good selection, but why would you want anything other than the most traditional pie, mash and liquor, plus a mug of tea?”, if you visit this Greenwich veteran (est 1890) – one of London’s dying breed of traditional pie ’n’ mash shops.


Steak and kidney pie @ The Guinea Grill W1

“Suddenly fashionable despite its old school ambience” – this “surprising” grill room, behind a pub in a picturesque Mayfair mews, provides some of London’s best steaks and pies (albeit at “very expensive” prices) in a well-preserved, traditional setting.


Curried mutton pie @ Holborn Dining Room WC1

This “lovely, grand dining room” on the edge of the City is designed to impress, and provides “a great buzz”, and “classic staple dishes” to a largely business clientele, including first thing when it’s “an excellent breakfast venue”. Sartorially speaking, views divide on the “amusing trousers” which are standard issue for the waiting staff. Any day now a dedicated pie hatch is due to open. Try something a little different and order the curried mutton pie, made with slow cooked shoulder and mango salsa.


Piebury Corner RestaurantTraditional Scotch pie @ Piebury Corner N7 & N1

“Food and service really warm the cockles of your heart!”, at this popular ‘pie deli’ near The Emirates, providing well-stuffed pies (with weird, Arsenal-related names) and craft beers to Gunners fans and foodies alike. The formula has now also spread to King’s Cross with a slightly grander, but still bare-brick ’n’ tiles spin-off.


Lamb, rosemary and pea pie @ Joanna’s SE19

This family-owned Crystal Palace institution will be offering an exclusive dish on their daily à la carte menu for British Pie Week, showcasing the very best of the new spring produce. Guests at the beloved, 40-year-old neighbourhood restaurant can tuck into the comforting seasonal special of slow-cooked lamb, rosemary and pea pie with wild garlic mash.


Kid goat shoulder pie @ The Jugged Hare EC1

“A meat-eater’s delight” – this “quirky” City-fringe gastropub serves “proper British food” and “they know their game here” (as the “animals hanging in the window” hint). It’s “always busy” and “noisy”and as a result service can be “perfunctory”. This British Pie Week they have three specials on offer. The kid goat shoulder pie tickles our fancy, but honestly we’d eat all three. Cumbrian veal tongue ‘n’ cheek pie, wild horseradish; Devonshire kid goat shoulder, chervil root, whole grain mustard; and Iron Age pork neck, wild garlic, parsley root, crispy ears a’top.


Scotch beef pie, mash and liquor @ F Cooke E8 & N1

The last bastion of the good old East End pie and mash shop with sites in Hoxton Street and Broadway Market. This generations old business (est. 1862) still serves jellied eels, and you can get a pie with mash and liquor (that’s parsley sauce) for the less than a sandwich at Pret. Pies are still made using the original recipe and they now offer delivery too, so you can enjoy one al desko at work.


Beef and oyster ‘pie’ @ The Oysterman WC2

Those looking for an alternative way to celebrate British Pie Week can head to The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen in Covent Garden to sample head chef Alex Povall’s unique beef and oyster ‘pie’. Served inside the oyster half shell, the fun twist on this classic dish features butter-poached oysters heaped with beef braised in The Oystermen x Canopy Beer Co’s limited edition “Everyday Oyster Stout”, topped with panko breadcrumbs (£8 for two).

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