Although we’re a little wary of national days and weeks (National Strawberry Daiquiri Day anyone?), British Pie Week is a movement we can get behind. Whether savoury or sweet, you can’t go wrong with a good pie. We’ve rounded up our favourite purveyors of the pastry- (or potato-) topped wonder below. Read on to see our pie-tastic picks and book a table today.
What: For a pie-heavy take on afternoon tea, head to Bluebird. Available 9-11 March, the offering includes pie varieties such as pork, chicken and leek, and Cheddar and red onion. The sweet side is taken care of too, via apple turnovers and lemon meringue pie.
Where: 350 King’s Road, SW3 5UU
How much: £21.50
Bob Bob Ricard, Soho
What: 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.
Where: 1 Upper James Street, W1F 9DF
How much: £19.50
The Ivy, Covent Garden
What: The shepherd’s pie at the original Ivy is its trademark dish and has warmed many a stomach in its time. Mixing beef and lamb and topped with a layer of perfectly cooked potato, this is the ultimate winter warmer (although it’s just as good any time of the year really).
Where: 1-5 West Street, WC2H 9NQ
How much: £19.50
J Sheekey, Covent Garden
What: The fish pie here has true legend status (and we don’t use that lightly), combining smoked halibut, haddock and salmon, with a topping of English mustard-laced sauce and a Parmesan mash. Over 100 years since J Sheekey opened its doors, it’s still a bestseller.
Where: 28-32 St Martin’s Court, WC2N 4AL
How much: £17.50
The Jugged Hare, City
What: Diners at this City gastropub can choose from three options: a veal tongue ‘n’ cheek variety, a horseradish and kid goat shoulder filling, or, a pork neck and garlic option. All pies come encased in a buttery, crisp puff pastry, perfect for destroying with your fork.
Where: 49 Chiswell Street, EC1Y 4SA
How much: £16 each
Maggie Jones’s, Kensington
What: 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, serving the homely likes of this chicken and artichoke pie.
Where: 6 Old Court Place, W8 4PL
How much: £16
Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf, Chelsea and St Katharine Docks
What: Sweet-toothed pie lovers can make their way to any Tom’s Kitchen site across London this Pie Week, to enjoy a serving of baked apple pie with rich clotted cream. Perfectly matched to the rest of the menu then, which champions comfort food classics.
Where: Units 1-2, 11 Westferry Circus, E14 4HD: 27 Cale Street, SW3 3QP; 1 Commodity Quay, St. Katharine Docks, E1W 1AZ
How much: £8
For more stomach-warming inspiration, take a look at our pick of the most indulgent comfort food in London.