Celebrate: British Pie Week

By Lesley Foottit

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Pies: celebrate a nation's favourite with British Pie Week
Pies: celebrate a nation's favourite with British Pie Week

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PubFood looks at pub activity planned for British Pie Week including sweet and savoury pies and pie board specials.

Sweet and savoury fillings

To celebrate Pie Week, both savoury and sweet pies will be showcased from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 10 March inclusive at the Queen’s Head in Hawkedon, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Fixed menus featuring pies were originally introduced at the pub for shooting parties eating the same fare, such as venison & Guinness pie followed by apple & blackberry crumble (£16.50). Each course is served at the centre of the table with guests helping themselves. The offer now extends to other groups, who enjoy combinations including traditional home-made pies, roast joints or curries with a pudding or cheese board.

Matching pies to drinks

Alongside its popular Pie Night on Wednesdays, the Hazel Pear Inn, at Acton Bridge, Northwich, Cheshire, will promote Great British Pie Week by showcasing a selection of six types of pie, including fish pie, plate pie, and vegetarian pies with many different flavours throughout the week. Quality cask ales and wines will be specially matched to the pies, which are priced from £10.95 to £12.95.

A pie board with specials

Adnams lease the Kings Head, in Laxfield, Suffolk — which sources meat and veg from within a three-mile radius of the pub — is famous for its pie, mash & liquor. Tenants Bob and Linda Wilson are proud of their pie board, to which limited-edition pies will be added during Pie Week, and make the most of social media to boost their profile. Three pies are constants: steak & Adnams ale; steak & kidney; and smoked haddock, Gruyere cheese and spinach, with two specials for Pie Week: venison, wild mushroom & cranberry, and turkey & bacon (£9.95 including mash or new potatoes).

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