Garden centres seem to be popular at this time of year, especially those with adjoining farm shop selling fresh and local produce. As fortune has it, I was lucky enough for a Cheese and Onion Pie to be picked up from Park Farm Shop and Tea Room, located near Ramsbottom in Bury, Lancashire for my lunch recently.
It was a larger than usual pie (although probably not as deep as others I have had) with ornate crimping of the golden brown pastry round the edges and a small decorative pastry square centred on top. My initial concern that this was going to be “all style and no substance” that being, all pastry and little filling, was quickly put to rest. I shouldn’t have been fooled either by the pie’s cover! The pastry was not as thick as it appeared, but was perfectly proportioned and actually quite delicate, but didn’t collapse in your hands when picked up. And the filling also positively surprised! The cheese being creamy and the onions very well sliced and cooked adding a satisfying crunch to the eating experience.
Personally I don’t tend to visit Garden centres very often (no one would accuse me of having ‘green fingers’), but after tasting this, whenever I’m looking for a Cheese and Onion pie this may be the place I visit.
An excellent 9
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