Venue: E & R Grange Butchers, 11 Carr Lane, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield. HD7 5AN
Facebook Site: E&R Grange Butchers
Date: June 2018
Pie: Meat & Potato
Temperature as eaten: Hot
If there’s one thing that I like about the village of Slaithwaite near Huddersfield it would be that it has a proliferation of pie shops. It got me wondering if there is a collective noun to describe such an abundance of pies and pie shops? A Satisfaction of Pies and maybe a Piegregation of shops perhaps.
Anyway, back to the subject in hand……… as I was passing through Slaithwaite one particular place caught my eye and that was the recently refurbished Butcher’s shop run by E & R Grange, a father and son partnership. They have decked out the front with some tables and chairs in a cafe style and renamed the shop the Courtyard Carvery. The name fits quite well I think. So attracted as I was I parked up the car, and queued up to go in, yes there was a queue and once inside I could see why. You can see for yourself from the pictures below, the servery was a vision to behold with pies, pasties, sausage rolls, cooked hams, chicken, beef etc., it all looked very appetising and I was tempted to just cancel my afternoon meetings and sit out at one of the tables in the sun with some of their offerings. But, alas, I could not, so I decided while in the queue to take away three of their pies and share them with the family when I got home.
So this, the first of three reviews is for the Meat & Potato Pie.
The pie itself was quite large 12cm x 4cm, a Yorkshire sized portion as some would say. The golden, egg washed shortcrust pastry greeted the eye in a very pleasing way, the pastry was firm and crisp on the outside well cooked through and about 3mm thick. It was a well filled pie and the filling was tasty, consisting of minced meat, thinly sliced onions and slices of potato about 1cm square and about 5mm thick. The potato was firm but well cooked, not raw, not was it falling into a mush. The mixture of the gravy and meat in the pie was nice and moist with a rich mid brown in colouring it wasn’t a runny pie and as such you could easily eat this pie without any utensils. A true “pick me up and eat me” sort of pie. This was a substantial pie and plated up with some peas and a dollop of creamy mash would go down nicely as a filling meal.
On it’s own it is a very hearty lunch time treat. If you are out and about exploring the hills and villages of the South West of Yorkshire you would be happy to have one of these Meat & Potato pies to tuck into on a sleepy river bank or atop one of the rolling hills.
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