Shepherd's pie is the nation's favourite

By Nikkie Sutton

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Favourite pie: shepherd's pie was searched more than 90,000 times each month over the past year
Favourite pie: shepherd's pie was searched more than 90,000 times each month over the past year

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While it is not a 'traditional' pie with a pastry lid, a study has found that shepherd's pie is the UK's favourite pie.

British Pie Week always takes place in the first week of March and, this year, it runs from Monday 5 March to Friday 9 March.

A study from Wren Kitchens (using Google's search data) found that Shepherd's Pie is the nation's favourite pie, achieving a huge 90,500 searches across the UK, on average each month over the past year. Also, Bristol was the city where the pie was most popular.

Top 10 favourite pies:

  1. Shepherd's
  2. Cottage
  3. Fish
  4. Chicken and mushroom
  5. Steak and ale
  6. Pork
  7. Meat and potato
  8. Steak and kidney
  9. Corned beef
  10. Vegan

Figures from Wren Kitchens, using Google's search data

In second place was the shepherd's sister pie, the cottage pie with 74,000 average monthly searches and it was most popular in Plymouth, Devon.

Coming in third was fish pie, which had 49,500 monthly searches and the residents of Norwich particularly favoured it. 

Pie flavours in the Vintage Inns survey:

Beef and merlot

Chicken and leek

Chicken and pulled gammon

Chicken and thyme

Game

Game suet pudding

Luxury fish

Roast turkey and sage

Roasted vegetable tart

Steak and mushroom

In the lead up to British Pie Week, Mitchells & Butlers brand Vintage Inns wanted to "cham-pie-on" the classic dish by quizzing its Facebook fans to find out their pie preferences.

Savoury fillings

When given just one choice between a wide selection of savoury pie fillings including chicken, fish, steak or vegetable, the results were in favour of a traditional steak pie with a majority of more than 50%.

Almost three quarters (70%) believed it is what is on the inside that counts with the filling proving more important than the pastry.

Some 88% agreed they would mostly enjoy their pie in a pub next to a roaring fire after a long countryside walk and more than one third (36%) would rather not cook their pie at home and head straight to the local pub for it instead.

Brits also crave the gravy as almost one fifth (18%) of voters stated they would have it with every single kind of pie.

Pie chart

Pubs and brewers also took to social media, to highlight their pie offers.

Social side

The New Forest pub in Ashurst, Hampshire, is offering diners a choice of pies.

The pies at the Three Greyhounds in Allostock, Cheshire, are handcrafted.

The Kingfisher in Northwich, Cheshire, celebrates British Pie Week and 'Best Friend Night' this week with a buy one, get one free offer.

Butcombe Brewery paired beers with pie.

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