What better way to enjoy a road trip from the Scottish Highlands down to the Cornish Coast, than with ample servings of delicious pie?
If you seriously love pie, and want to widen your palate in the name of pastry, look no further. We’ve come up with 12 UK regions that are heralded for their different delicacies – some more obvious than others!
Who’d have thought a trip to Scotland would include pie? Aside from the breath-taking views at Edinburgh Castle and the culture of HMY Britannia, and the choice of whiskey to try, there’s also the classic Scotch Pie.
What was disregarded in the Middle Ages by Scottish folk as being too “English”, Scotch, or Mutton Pie, is now widely known and appreciated for its Scottish roots. Mince-filled with a double crust, it can be served piping hot or stone cold and still tastes just as great. You can also fill the raised crust at the top with mash, gravy or beans.
As you make your way through the Northern parts of England, be sure to make a stop in Yorkshire for the aptly-named Mucky Mouth Pie. Once you’ve experienced the Yorkshire Dales and maybe even the Wildlife Park, stop at a local pub and place your order, then marvel at just how mucky this pie is!
Bursting with bilberries, Mucky Mouth Pie will leave a blue stain around your mouth… not so easy to sneak a taste of somebody’s else’s! Ideal as a dessert, this delicacy gives sweet pies a good name. Often finished with water icing on the top crust, serve with custard for a delicious contrast in flavour.
Dine in true Scouse style when you make a trip to Liverpool. The region’s namesake Scouse Pie is simply a delicious combination of rich stew and puff pastry. To make Scouse Pie, you’ll need lamb, mixed vegetables, gravy and pastry. Make your stew and cover with a layer of puff pastry for a final finishing touch. Simply bake in the oven for half an hour!
Finished your pie? Make sure you take in the cultural sites of the city, including The Beatles Story Experience, Albert Dock, and Liverpool Cathedral.
There’s a lot of things to do in Anglesey. You can visit the Menai Suspension Bridge, which is a Grade II listed building. You can also visit Anglesey Sea Zoo, which is a conservation centre, home to over 150 species. But what else can you do?
You can try a Parys Pastie!
Historically created by the workers of Parys Mountain in Anglesey, this pie consists of short crust pastry with two halves – one sweet, one savoury. You’ll find meat and vegetables on one side, and jam with fruits on the other. The idea was to create a whole meal in one singular, scrumptious pie.
You may have already guessed which pie is associated here. Named after the town of Melton Mowbray, the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie is a much-loved delicacy across the country. Found in supermarkets pre-packed and served up on delicatessen counters, the pork pie used to only be popular among farmers and fox hunters during the 17th century.
Once you’ve enjoyed your Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, why not take a trip to Twycross Zoo? Or you could pop along to the National Space Centre and test your knowledge!
While you can take in the history of 11th century Ludlow Castle, walking around Shropshire will give you an appetite. And cue Fidget Pie! Brimming with succulent gammon, sharp apple and rich cider, this pie has graced the plates of many for hundreds of years.
Simply bake your Fidget Pie for one hour, then cool for thirty minutes before serving.
Located in East Anglia, the county of Norfolk has a lot to offer – not just pie! Aside from visiting Sandringham House, Blickling Estate and Norwich Castle, you can also take in history at Great Yarmouth’s Time and Tide Museum. Or, why not watch a performance at the Norwich Theatre Royal?
If you’re hungry, Norfolk’s famous Plough Pudding pie is a traditional British pie dish. Traditionally eaten in January, Plough Pudding is made from suet pastry and is filled with onion, bacon and pork sausage meat. Delicious!
Known for its rolled appearance, Buckinghamshire’s Bacon Badger pie is an iconic staple of British delicacy. Packed with bacon, onion and potatoes, the origin of this pie’s name is said to come from the colloquial term “badger”, meaning “trade dealer”, particularly for flour.
Whilst in Buckinghamshire, you can also bask in the countryside scenery. Visit Abbotts View and say hello to the friendly alpacas; take a stroll through Emberton Country Park; watch a performance at the Wycombe Swan Theatre, or take in the sights and smells of Claydon House Gardens.
Famous for red telephone boxes, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Tower of London and Madame Tussauds, London is also closely associated with Pie and Mash. Popular within the 19th century as a worker’s dish, this British savoury pie recipe it is still served today and often accompanied by jellied eels.
To make your very own Pie and Mash dish, you’ll need flour, lard and egg for the pastry, then pork, cider, sage, bacon, onion and potato for the filling. Once you’ve made your pastry dough and your filling mix, line a baking tray with the dough and fill with your mixture, then cover with remaining dough. Bake for just one hour, and then leave to cool for thirty minutes.
As you near the end of your British Pie Road Trip, be sure to visit Devon for its Pigeon Pie. Many historical variants of this pie include cooking Pigeon Pie with lime and pork fat for an extra surge of flavour.
You’ll need skinless pigeon breasts, bacon, puff pastry, eggs and cabbage for this pie. Some people like to serve Pigeon Pie with bramble gravy, which is a nod to the countryside element of ‘game pie’. Pigeon Pie is also delicious served with mash and gravy, and a handful of freshly roasted vegetables.
Before you depart for your next pie stop, be sure to take in the scenery of Exmoor, and Devil’s Cauldron at Lydford Gorge. Crealy Adventure Park is also worth a visit, especially if you’ve brought the kids along!
Not an obvious one, but Sussex is said to be the origin of Banoffee Pie. A sweet pie, the crumbed biscuit base with bananas and toffee is a much-loved dessert around the world, and is often served with whipped cream and banana slices on top.
Sussex is a large rural county with plenty to do and see, particularly Brighton’s pleasure pier and King George IV’s Royal Pavilion.
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Cornwall is renowned for its beaches and pasties, along with the Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan. Many parts of Cornwall hold their own tourist attractions, such as Tintagel Castle on Tintagel Island, St Michael’s Mount in Penzance, and Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre in North Petherwin.
Many people visit Cornwall for the above. But would you ever go there for a Stargazy Pie?
Firmly rooted in Cornish folklore, this British pie is filled with potatoes, eggs and white sauce, with pilchards poking through the top of the pastry. It is said the oils of the fish blend into the pie this way.
There you have it – a guide to Your British Pie Road Trip! If you’re planning on starting at the top and making your way all the down, or even completing half of the road trip, be sure to try each pie along the way! If you’re thinking of trying these pies from the comfort of your own home, pop along to your nearest convenience store today and grab the ingredients you need.
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