Pies the limit! Highlights from British Pie Week 2019

It’s British Pie Week – an annual celebration of sweet and savoury pastry-encrusted treats that runs from 4-10 March 2019.

Pie purveyors across the nation have been getting involved by launching competitions, new products and offers to make it as easy as pie for the nation’s pastry addicts to get their mitts on one.

Here’s what they’ve been up to:

Pie Barm – Booths

What’s better than a pie on its own? A pie in a soft white doughy bap. That’s what Booths is offering its customers this week as it introduces the Pie Barm to its hot food counters.

The Pie Barm, which costs £2, consists of a savoury pie in a bap, along with sauce and gravy. This “feat of carbohydrates” is traditionally served with a meat & potato pie, but Booths is also offering it with a cheese & onion or Lancashire speciality the Butter Pie.

“Pies are a something of a way of life in the north,” said Sunil Chapanery, buying manager at Booths. “Introducing the Pie Barm to our hot counters is a little bit of fun and seemed a fitting way to celebrate British Pie Week.”

Booths also has 30 different types of pie on offer this week from the traditional chicken pie to the more unusual Coconut & Paneer pie.

Great British Pie Poll – Higgidy

Fancy fish and chips in a pie? What about a curry? Full English breakfast? Or a cream tea?

Higgidy is asking Brits to take part in the Great British Pie Poll, as they pitch two classic dishes (in pie form) against each other every day and get the nation to vote for their favourite. At the end of the week, the winner will be revealed and two pie fans will be rewarded with the winning dish.

It’s also offering consumers the chance to win a year’s worth of pies by taking part in the Trivial Pie-suit quiz.

Mac & Cheese Pie – Mac & Wild

Mac & Wild is celebrating its Scottish heritage and Scottish produce with a limited-edition Mac & Cheese Pie. For even more of that traditional Highland twist, the pie is topped with a warm haggis crumb for an added bit of texture. The pie costs £14.75 and is available until Sunday 10 March.

Protect the Lancashire Meat Pie – Holland’s Pies

Holland’s iconic Meat Pie has been officially renamed as the Lancashire Meat Pie to signal the start of an application to acquire it protected status under the Protected Food Name Scheme.

The scheme already covers products such as the Cornish pasty and Cumberland sausage, and Holland’s is hoping the Lancashire Meat Pie can join the list. Holland’s said the pie has been baked in Baxenden as far back as the 19th century.

“The Meat Pie is a unique product that’s undeniably synonymous with the region. It’s not only a part of our heritage here at Holland’s, but also the thousands of fantastic people across Lancashire. This is why we’re starting the process to protect it as a regional product and ensure that only proper Lancashire Meat Pies can be made in the region they were born and bred in,” said Leanne Holcroft, brand manager at Holland’s Pies.

All the pies – Seasons Bakery

Ingleton-based Seasons Bakery has truly got into the spirit of British Pie Week, whipping up an impressive 30 different types of sweet and savoury pies to sell to its customers in North Yorkshire. There are pies topped with black pudding, cheese & bacon and even chutney.

Pie enthusiasts can experience traditional fare such as the pork pie, meat & potato pie or perhaps the cheese & onion or plain and simple steak pie. Those looking for something more adventurous can tuck into Seasons’ garlic chilli chicken offering, a sausage, potato & caramelised onion pie or even individual cottage pies topped with cheesy mash.

A festival of pie – Pieminister

Pieminister is bringing the nation seven days of what it has dubbed “super-duper pie deals” with a week-long festival of pie. There’s Pie Day Friday, when one lucky customer can win a year’s worth of pies, and Sunday Funday where pie fans can enjoy a pie and sundae for £10.

And, for those who can’t decide which pie they want, Pieminister is offering them the chance to indulge on Super Tower Saturday, during which consumers can get two pies towered on mash with minty mushy peas and gravy, all for a tenner.

In addition, the company is rolling out its limited-edition Lady BaBaa pie – filled with lamb, root vegetables, red wine and rosemary – which will be available for the whole of March.

Curried Goat Pie – Browns Restaurant & Pie Shop

Lincoln-based Browns Restaurant & Pie Shop is offering up two quirky pies in honour of British Pie Week. There’s the Jamaican-inspired Curried Goat Pie served with creamy mash potato and tenderstem broccoli. Next up is the indulgent Venison, Sweet Potato, Cherry & Dark Chocolate pie served with crispy sweet potatoes on top.

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