We’ve all done a fair amount of walking over the last year and one of the areas I’ve been rediscovering is near the site of the famous Deeply Vale Pop Festivals of the late 1970s. I remember in 1976 the rain turned the valley into a muddy quagmire and this was exactly how the ground was as I wove my way up Cheesden Brook towards Buckhurst Lodge and the Buckhurst Lodgeside café.
The cafe is a true haven where Donna offers a pie and a brew for the princely sum of £3. The pies are supplied partly by the locally renowned Cissy Greens of Haslingden, who, according to their website, have been making pies locally for 200 years and their customers include Winston Churchill.
I chose a Steak Pie, a real meal in itself. Slightly larger than the norm, the nicely golden firm shortcrust pastry was completely filled with tender, almost pulled-like steak with a slight ‘creamy’ texture. It went down a treat as Donna described the local wildlife in the area and as we watched the ducks on the water feeding in front of us.
I thoroughly recommend a trip out to the Buckhurst Lodgeside to sample one of Cissy Greens pies ( with a brew of course ), and I think the next time I pass through Haslingden I will venture to the Bakers shop itself.
Pie Score: 8.2
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