As it’s British Pie Week, we’re taking a look at the places in Wales where aficionados of the crust can purchase the perfect pie for them.
For lovers of steak pies:
Butcher’s Martin Player of Cardiff has award-winning steak and kidney, and steak, pies made on site at their shop.
The shop also offers Welsh ox cheek, stout and mushroom pies.
For lovers of pork pies:
Former London restaurateur Rob Didier, who trained under Raymond Blanc, is the founder of Orchard Pigs based in Wrexham. His company has a trademark Tractor Wheel Pie made from rare breeds pork, along with a range of mutton, beef and game pies.
Or try the Hunstman Pie, which contains pork, turkey, and a topping of sage and onion stuffing from Edwards of Conwy – their pie has impressed judges at the Royal Welsh Show.
Edwards also has a black pudding and egg pork pie which has won top honours in the paste at the True Taste Awards.
For pasty lovers:
There’s a great range of pasties at the Little Welsh Deli in Swansea.
They even have traditional Welsh cawl in a pasty! From corned beef to Mexican chilli and the vegetarian Italian Job with courgettes, aubergines, and sweet potato in a tomato and basil pesto sauce.
Or you could try a traditional Welsh lamb oggy with a hint of mint at Conwy’s Tan Lan Bakery.
For lovers of chicken pie:
Try a chicken, leek, and laverbread pie from Leonardo’s Deli in Ruthin.
Parsnipship in Ogmore Vale has a plethora of pies and other goods for vegetarians and vegans. Try their mushroom bourguignon pie, made with puy lentils and porcini mushrooms. They suggest serving it with olive mash. Their Mexican pie is made with kidney beans and cayenne pepper, and has a paprika crust. They suggest serving it with sautéed potatoes and either lime crème fraiche, or soya yoghurt for vegans.
Their Indian summer pie has chickpeas, butternut squash and cumin, and they suggest serving it with broccoli stems pan fried in lime, ginger and chilli.
Maria Williams is a professional blogger, copywriter, and PR for small business at www.wordsyoucanuse.co.uk.