I’ve been travelling up to Clitheroe for the past dozen or so years and frequently park up near Alpes The Butcher on Shawbridge Street. Well on this occasion, after missing lunch, I decided it was time to pay a visit and take a butchers (pun intended) at what was on offer.
I walked into a bright, airy working butchers – with a central island where work was in progress preparing the meat. Inspecting the counter, there was an array of hot and cold pies that I was informed were all prepared on the premises. I could have gone for any one of the pies they had on offer, but after mulling it over for a few seconds, I went for my staple, a warm Chicken and Mushroom.
Slightly larger than average, this flaky pastry pie had a very appealing golden look, which didn’t disappoint when I bit into it. I could taste the mushrooms contrasting with the chicken. There was also a hint of onion to add a fuller flavour. Sometimes when you eat hot pies they can tend to disintegrate and crumble into the foil they came in – but this held its shape and remained intact.
The taste had, to me, a real homemade feel about it, the sort of pie that reminds you of true farmhouse home cooking.
So yes – as I continue to visit Clitheroe in the future I’ll be adding Alpes the Butchers to the list of places I visit. An excellent 9.1
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