This week marks probably the most significant celebration in all our calendars. Yes, you guessed it. It’s British Pie Week!
Every year this wondrous festival of all things pie takes place during the first full week of March. Initially consumed in Britain in the 12th century, the humble pie – see what we did?! – is now a staple in most houses across the country.
From steak and onion to pecan or cherry, pie is king at these top eateries in Leeds:
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The most obvious place to start on the hunt for good pies is, as the name would suggest, Pieminster. The national chain has a reputation for a huge range of delicious pies made in Bristol using “responsibly-sourced ingredients and free-range British meat.” A number are approved by the Vegetarian Society and Coeliac Society. Don’t forget their award-winning pies also feature on the menu of Brudenell Social Club and The Pack Horse.
15-17 Duncan St, Leeds, LS1 6DQ
Your next stop on a pie extravaganza has to be The Hop. The now numerous regional Hop outlets have a reputation as the go-to place for music, real ale, and pie. Its self-coined “Pie Hole” serves treats from the multi-award-winning ‘Andrew Jones Pies ‘n’ Pasties’ of Huddersfield from 12 noon – 7 pm, Monday to Sunday. Check out their £6 deal: any award-winning pie, mash, beer-infused peas/baked beans, gravy, plus a pint, tea or coffee. Nom nom.
The Dark Arches, Granary Wharf, Dark Neville Street, LS1 4BR
Established in 1715 and the oldest existing public house in Leeds, Whitelock’s oozes atmosphere and historical charm. Not only that, their menu is said to mostly use ingredients sourced from Kirkgate Market, which adds to the home-grown appeal. |They’re smashing out homemade beef & ale pies all week… So keep your pies peeled!
Turks Head Yard, Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6HB
The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes
Known for its live sport, The Brotherhood also has a pretty decent menu. Nestled in their varied offerings is a section of homemade artisan pies, including Beef and Ale, Stilton and Leek, and even a Balti pie. All pies are served with mash and gravy, or chunky chips for an extra £1. There’s also a pie platter for sharing, if you’re feeling especially romantic!
54 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU
Where have we missed? Share your own pie gems by using #BritishPieWeek and #WelcometoLeeds
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