Whilst these top 5 lists are not in any particular order, these pit stops for pie and mash are some firm favourites of Foozie and we think them deserving of a shout out! If you are looking for inspiration for your next puff pastry perfection then have a scroll…
Address: Cargo, Wapping Wharf, Bristol
Cargo resident Lovett Pies offer some of the most delicious meaty and vegetarian pies to the Bristol masses. Sourcing only the finest in quality ingredients from the Westcountry, these puff pastries are packed with fresh produce and it really shines through in the flavour and taste. They regularly pop up at various Bristol markets but also have a permanent home in Wapping Wharf. The pies themselves come with a variety of delicious sides – take your pick from fluffy mash, mushy peas and bacon bits plus a smattering of gravy! Our favourites include the venison, bacon and porchini mushroom (seasonal), puy lentil, Welsh rarebit and kale or the beef, Bellringer ale and Bath blue cheese. Did we mention they also do Piescreams? Yes that’s right, dessert pies – no big deal.
Address: Stokes Croft & Broad Quay, Bristol
Pieminister is a Bristol institution that has grown and grown due to popularity and their tasty pies. They have been going strong for 14 years and have a selection of Vegetarian Society and Coeliac Society approved pies too. They also offer a gluten free range of their menu. Their restaurants have the distinctive red neon ‘Live and eat pie’ signs and we wholeheartedly agree with this motto. Foozie founder Thom hearts the Moo & Blue (British steak and Stilton) whilst Nat loves the Deer Stalker (Venison, bacon and red wine). What’s your favourite?
Pie Baby Pies
Address: Whereever they are currently popping-up
Pie baby is run by husband and wife duo Finn and Lara Flair who upped sticks to come over to the UK from New Zealand to create their vegan range of pies. They aim to produce pastry that is satisfying, filling and full of flavour, teamed with some tempting side dishes. Finn and Lara are on a mission to prove just how delicious vegan food can be, and Pie Baby is currently popping up at The Golden Lion pub on Gloucester Road.
Address: 259 North Street, Bristol BS3
Clark’s make all of their scrumptious pies from their Bakehouse situated on North Street. The story behind Clark’s is one that goes back four generations: starting with Mary Clark making individual pie portions at her home in Cardiff. The business grew and expanded and now operates from Bristol, amongst various other pie loving sites. The Clark’s team is like a family, the atmosphere when baking is one of fun and passion – and Clark’s have had customers move away from Bristol only to come back for a pie fix – thats dedication!
Address: Canon’s Way, Harbourside
OK so you might think we are barking up the wrong tree adding The Stable to this list, but, not only does this harbourside restaurant create pizzas for the masses, they also bake tasty pies! Again, using only locally sourced produce, there is always a changing seasonal pie to choose from or one of the other menu options. We love ‘The Lam Bam Boogie’ – which is a pie filled with lamb, rosemary, garlic potato and honey. BOSH!