Here’s 10 of the best pies in London to look out for during British Pie Week ranging from street food to high-end dining!
How quick does a year go? After posting an article last year to celebrate British Pie Week to know where to go depending on your tastes whether that be traditional East end with liquor, vegan, street-food or even a dish with three pies.
I’ve updated for 2019 and included some of last year’s best pies, both sweet and savoury, to add to your lists for British Pie Week and beyond!
M. Manze, Southwark
Classic – £
If you want it done right, then why not go to somewhere that’s been serving classic pie and mash for over a century. There’s not many places in London where you can get a filling lunch and also get change from £5. Serving a range of pies with mash, liquor and jellied eel’s if you’re feeling adventurous, M. Manze can be found in Southwark and also in the second shop in Peckham.
Pieminister, Borough Market
Street Food – £
Just up the road from M. Manze at Borough Market, Pieminister offer a pie and mash street food equivalent but just as tasty. You won’t find many traditional names with the specialties such as Moo & Blue or Fungi Chicken to pick from but they are just as tasty. Your pie of choice, mash, mushy peas and gravy will set you back £6 at lunchtime so very reasonably priced and perfect for a Friday lunch treat. Pieminister also has a restaurant in Brixton so if you’re East or South and in the mood for a British classic, head over to find these guys.
Mother Mash, Carnaby Street
West – £
From East to West but as equally delicious, Mother Mash has all the trademarks of a classic London pie and mash shop but with a modern and larger menu selection. You are given three clear instructions – pick mash, pick main, pick gravy. With eight different types of mash, the choice of a range of sausages or pies as a main and a selection of gravies or liquor to add the finishing touch, Mother Mash is a must when taking a break from shopping off Oxford Street.
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Bob Bob Ricard, Soho
The Posh Option, £££
This wouldn’t be a full range selection if the more high-end choice wasn’t included. Two excellent pies on offer include the Chicken, Mushroom and Champagne Pie (make sure you press your table button for more champagne in case you need a top up) and the Smoked Fish Pie which is also excellent. No traditional steak pie on offer but if you have a craving for beef then look no further than their speciality Beef Wellington which may not be a traditional pie, but is equisetic. This will set you back further than most places if you’re craving a classic pie combo but you won’t leave disappointed.
Young Vegans, Camden
The Vegan Option, £
With the range of vegan options available in London it wasn’t going to be long until someone made a vegan pie and mash version and thankfully Young Vegans were responsible for doing so. What started as a street-food market stand has seen their popularity grow and have just opened their first restaurant in Camden. Classic pies such as Steak & Ale to Curry are on offer including a full-flavoured Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mud Pie for desert just in case you have room left – or even if you haven’t you’re advised to get one! Make sure you look out Young Vegans when next in Camden.
Butcher’s Hook & Cleaver, Smithfield Market
The Pub Option, ££
If a Friday pub lunch is suggested this week at work but you didn’t want to miss out on taking part in British Pie Week, then head over to Smithfield Market for the pie experience to end all experiences. Not one, not two but THREE pies are served on a board including mash, gravy, liquor and three different ales which complement each individual pie. Set at just over £15 it slightly more than the majority listed in this article but is without doubt worth it. This deal is found at most Fullers pubs in London and the pies on offer vary on location.
Holborn Dining Room, Holborn
The Pie Room Option, £££
When a restaurant opens a place in 2018 called ‘The Pie Room’, you know it’s going to be good and one which I had to include. Led by Calum Franklin (their Pie & Pastry Expert), the Pie Room is ideal for tasty takeaway pies for those on the go passing by ranging from £5 – £10. A hot and cold selection including hot sausage rolls and chicken and tarragon pies and cold British pork pies, this is one not to miss. The Pie Room also offers a private dining sampling British classics in a three course tasting menu with numerous selection of pies at the heart of the menu.
A Pie Party, Victoria Market
The Sweet Option, £
How did I not include a sweet option in the 2018 article? You have probably seen A Pie Party at some point on your Instagram feed as they quickly became the most instagramble sweet dish last year in London. A Pie Party are based at Victoria Market on Sundays and are worth the trip over. A real selection of sweet pies, cookies and brownies will leave your sweet tooth wanting more. Their red velvet cheesecake pie is probably my favourite so far and as I’m typing this I’m already thinking about when I can have it again!
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The Ginger Pig, London Bridge
The Butcher’s Option, £
If anyone is going to know what good meat goes into a pie, it’s probably going to be your local butchers. Luckily, The Ginger Pig is my local butchers by London Bridge and offer a selection of meat pies including classics such as Steak & Ale and Chicken & Leek priced at £6.50 each. You can also find sausage rolls and their signature pork pie which I couldn’t recommend more. The Ginger Pig also offer classes to help perfect your pie making techniques to impress friends and family all year round.
J Sheekey’s, Covent Garden
The Seafood Option – £££
With a large selection of meat options to choose throughout pie week, I had to make sure a seafood pie was showcased and no other pie came to mind than J Sheekey’s Fish Pie. A restaurant that specialises in seafood dishes, J Sheeky’s creamy fish pie is wrapped in shortcrust pastry and is perfect for warming you up on a cold Sunday to finish the weekend in style. Priced at just under £20 is more expensive than some pies in this article but worth it for a treat day.
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these or if any you think I’ve missed by messaging on Instagram at @londonfoodie1!