Britain is known for many things but one thing we treasure most of all is our great comfort foods. This week (6th-12th March) we’re celebrating one of the best of them with British Pie Week! Pies are an integral part of our culture, you just have to look back at our history to see that. They were infamously filled with human flesh in the London legend of Sweeney Todd, they were a fundamental meal for the working classes in the nineteenth century and, of course, the festive mince pie is an important tradition at Christmas! Ultimately, British pies are loved for being a great heart-warming dish and a must have on every true British pub’s menu. To celebrate this hearty dish, take a look at where you can get a taste of some of the best pies in London.
Image: The Princes of Shoreditch
The Princess of Shoreditch’s Rabbit, Crayfish & Cider Pie
76–78 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4NE
We absolutely love The Princess of Shoreditch, split between a charming pub and an elegant restaurant. It’s one of the best pubs in London and has a real old pub feel as well as a buzzing atmosphere. The food here is to die for, sourcing only the best produce and ingredients. Best of all, their menu features an amazing Rabbit, crayfish & cider pie, served with flower sprouts. It’s a must for British Pie Week! If you fancy a visit, the pub runs on a first come basis but you can make a reservation for their dining room here.
Image: Bob Bob Ricard Facebook
For those of you who think of pie as a bulky, unimaginative dish customary to local pubs – let’s just stop you right there, because they don’t get more fancy than this! For a more delicate and much more extravagant take on the pie, look no further than Bob Bob Ricard’s chicken, mushroom and champagne pie – as well as their vegetarian option, sauternes and truffle humble pie. There’s nothing humble about these delicious dishes, just look at the attention to detail with that decorative crust! At Bob Bob Ricard you can expect the best, just wait until you bury your fork into the pie’s delicious filling of mushrooms, pecorino cheese, leeks and creamy sauce. We bet you’re simply dying for a visit now!
Image: Canteen World Famous Pie
Canteen’s World Famous Pies
2 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, London, E1 6DW
Canteen is a minimalist yet cool restaurant chain that serves up the best of British food. Its enticing menu is packed full of our favourite national treasures, always stylishly presented. The staff at Canteen are committed to serving British food with wholesome ingredients that are nationally sourced and sustainable. This means that they have a seasonal menu to source the very best and freshest national produce.
Their world-famous pies are a must if you drop by. The pie fillings here change every day, accommodating for both a vegetarian and meat option and dished up with perfectly creamy mash, greens and, most importantly, the tastiest gravy. Drop by or book ahead to get your slice during British Pie Week!
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Manze’s Pie, Mash and Eels
76 High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7LD
Back to true British tradition in the form of a classic pie, mash and eel shop – a rare find nowadays! Manze is one of the oldest of its kind, and was originally opened by Michele Manze on Tower Bridge Road in 1891. If you’re going to pay just one shop a visit it should be L. Manze in Walthamstow, which dates back to 1929 and has such a preserved interior that it’s been awarded a Grade II listing. It’s a big favourite amongst locals and traditional pie lovers. The queue still regularly runs around the corner of the street so, be quick!
Image: Mother Mash
26 Ganton Street, London W1F 7QZ
Mother Mash is a pie specialist, with a pick and mix style menu so you can be sure you’re getting exactly what you want! Simply pick your preferred style of mash from a range including cheesy mustard, horseradish, sweet potato and of course the classic, amongst other favourites. Then move on to pick your perfect pie filling, be it steak or chicken, leek and mushroom – or why not give their daily special a try? They also cater very well for vegetarians with fillings like butternut squash and goats cheese or Mediterranean roast veg. Then, finally, choose one of their tasty gravies to top off the perfect supper. Super easy and simply delicious! We also mustn’t forget that not all pies are savoury – we do have a sweet tooth and Mother Mash makes the very best homemade sweet pies. Their available fillings stick to tradition with simply apple or apple and blackberry, served either as a pie or a crumble.
Where do you go to get your fill of pie in the city? Let us know in the comments below!