After an extremely pleasant afternoon on the West Pennine Ale Trail, it was a toss up the following morning whether to breakfast on a bacon sandwich or a pie. Both would have gone down well, but as I’d missed out on the ‘world famous’ pies at Slaithwaite, I decided to head towards a bakery I’d heard of at Alkrington in Middleton, near the Lancashire Fold Pub.
The Bakery itself had the feel of the Crusty Cob in Ancoats (now sadly closed down), with a queue of people out of the door. This was promising. It looked like I’d stumbled onto a very popular spot.
I opted for the Steak Pie, although I was tempted by the Cheese. The pie had a real home baked look with the top crust slightly non-uniform which made it look like it hadn’t been made in a pie press, but by hand. The pastry was golden and appetising. The initial taste didn’t let me down either with tasty meat in a luxurious rich gravy and the seasoning certainly brought the pie to life. I have to say for my personal taste, the steak could have been cooked a little longer as it didn’t just melt and all fall apart in my mouth. However, as I stated above, for the morning after an afternoon on the ‘beer train’ I was feeling a little delicate, and my palate was, I think likewise, in sympathy!
So a pretty good discovery trip of a new bakery to me and the pie scored a worthy 7.9
Would it be worth your wait in the long queue? Well, I’ll definitely be going back for a visit, but maybe without a hangover next time.
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