It’s Pie Week – not that we ever need an excuse to eat one – but here’s an occasion to dig into the very best ones out there. Below, you can find our guide to restaurants serving them up, giving you a big, pie-eating grin
The dining room at Simpson’s is a Grade II-listed showstopper of lustrous wood panelling and wedding-cake plaster moulding, oil paintings and leather banquettes. Illuminated by chandeliers (there is no natural light) and minus the cigar smoke, it is immediately recognisable to former patrons Charles Dickens and Winston Churchill. A suitable spot for some pie, then. The specially-curated two-course menu consists of a Norfolk chicken, ham hock and morel mushroom pudding pie served with mash and green liquor sauce for main, while you can finish on a sweet note with a pink rhubarb and ginger pie served with vanilla custard.
How much: £22 for mains, £11 for pudding
Where: 100 Strand, WC2
Only somewhere as glamorous as Bob Bob would add a champagne filling to a chicken and mushroom pie. To add to the decadence, the pastry topping is branded with the restaurant’s name and served alongside truffle gravy – the perfect posh pie.
How much: £21.50
Where: 1 Upper James Street, W1F 9DF
So praised were the pies by executive chef at Rosewood London, Calum Franklin, that in 2017, the hotel opened up a separate Pie Room to the main restaurant, Holborn Dining Room. He’s now considered one of London’s greatest pie masters and here you can watch him construct the pies by hand (filling them with the likes of smoked ham hock, fennel seed and sage), before taking them home with you to devour.
If you want a sit-down meal, the Pie Room is available for exclusive private dining in the evening.
How much: From £7.50
Where: 252 High Holborn, WC1
Award-winning and much-admired pies are the standouts at this classic taproom, so it really is a no-brainer to pop by here. Especially so when there’ll be bottomless beer from the guys at Camden Town Brewery to go with it (on the Friday)! Classics such as steak & stilton, steak & kidney and chicken, bacon & leek will be available #NSFV (not suitable for vegans).
How much? From £14
Where? 6-8 Mill Street, W1
With its hotchpotch of trinkets, high-backed antique pews, wicker baskets, dried flowers and dripping candles in wine bottles, Maggie Jones’s is old-school Britain personified. So is its menu, and for British Pie Week, guests will be able to choose their three mini pie flavours out of five classic choices. This includes the chicken and artichoke pie (which happened to be Lord Snowdon’s favourite dish at the restaurant).
How much: £25 and only available for lunch
Where: 6 Old Court Place, W8 4PL
We’ve all heard of ‘humble pie’, but did you know it originated from ‘umble pie’ (basically pies made with offal)? Umbles were what we now know as offal and were considered the ‘huntsman’s perk’ when the deer was killed. What did he do with it? Stick it in a pie, of course! At Clifford’s, a special ‘Stay Umble’ pie of venison liver, heart and braised haunch, mushrooms, roast onions and medieval spices will be served with buttery mash.
How much? £16
Where? 140 Fetter Lane, EC4
This new-comer from renowned chef Atul Kochhar and restaurateur Tina English is giving pie an Indian twist. Devour Atul’s chicken tikka pie – a combination of two favourite dishes – chicken tikka masala served in a crisp puff pastry alongside cumin-scented berry compote. Atul is the first Indian chef to win a Michelin-star, so we expect his pie to show suitable finesse.
How much? £12
Where? 17-19 Maddox Street, W1S 2QH
Mac and cheese pie? Yeah, why not! With a warm haggis crumb on top? Ooooh, go on then. This over-indulgence is exactly what you’ll get at Mac & Wild’s two London outposts this week. Known for putting a Highland twist on anything they can think of, we’re not surprised to see the group’s pie offering. Wash it all down with the restaurants’ great selection of whiskeys as well as whiskey-based cocktails.
How much? £14.75
Where? 65 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PS (Fitzrovia) 9A Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN (City)
Where better to hit up a piece of pie than the pub, eh? Even better when it’s two for one! The offer at The Bedford is on a selection of limited-edition pies, including vegan ones. Suggested beers will be served alongside it for the ultimate experience. We’re loving the sound of the hearty steak and Timothy Taylor’s Landlord ale pie (best enjoyed with a pint of the same on the side). The vegan option of pulled jackfruit and oyster mushroom pie also has us salivating.
How much? £13.50 (excluding beer)
Where? 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD