Venue: J.W. Buckley’s Bakery, 89, High Street, Uppermill, Saddleworth, Oldham. OL3 6AP
Facebook Page: Buckley’s Uppermill
Date: 16th June 2018
Pie: Steak & Onion
Temperature as eaten: Hot
It’s funny, but sometime we just don’t visit places that are on our very doorstep as we think “ah well it will always be there, I can go there anytime so I’ll go to such and such a place instead”. The thing is that we rarely then do visit the local places of interest and miss out. So on reminiscing one evening recently I decided to visit one of the local bakeries. Buckley’s as it is know to locals sits in the busy village of Uppermill, one of the thirteen villages and hamlets (though some will argue more and some will argue less) that make up the civil parish of Saddleworth.
Buckley’s has been serving bread, cakes pies and sandwiches for as long as I can remember, indeed my mother frequently called at Buckley’s on a Saturday morning to buy bread for the week and sometimes if we were lucky a Vanilla Slice as a treat. That still make them now, and they are still finger lickin’ good! Anyway I decided, as Buckley’s is fairly local to me and I was visiting someone I consider to be my best of friends that I would buy three pies over the weekend and sample rate them all.
So this is the first in the mini-series and first up is the Steak & Onion Pie.
The look of the pie was appetising with the pastry sporting a lovely golden hue. The pastry cut well, and was ever so slightly crumbly, which I like, and the fork crimping round the edge was attractive to the eye. Cutting into the pie reveal a moist and well seasoned filling, chunk of steam that fell apart and melted in the mouth. Diced onion was well cooked and not overpowering nor was it the dominant ingredient in the filling, it complimented rather than taking centre stage. The beef gravy was just the right consistency, not runny so that it would run down your chin if you ate the pie directly from foil dish, nor was it too gloopy and thick, just right in fact. The flavour of the steak and onion filling and pastry combined was very pleasant indeed and very mouthwatering.
Would I buy this pie again? Yes definitely. Would I recommend it to visitors to Uppermill? Yes definitely. It’s a jolly good pie and just the right size for and afternoon snack before you continue to explore the area.
Part 1 of the mini-series complete…. now on to the next pie, the Cheese & Onion.
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