Brace yourself for a Treat

British Pies

Threlkeld, near Keswick, is for many people the starting point for an amble up Blencathra or Clough Head and then a few drinks in the handful of pubs after the descent, but it is also home to The Pie Mill. I had been reading their history and was drawn to the fact that “The Pie …

Pie Porterage Please

British Pies

Well, that oft quoted saying, “I’ll be back” was made when I last visited Roy Porters Butchers at Chatburn near Clitheroe, and true to my word I managed a trip up there just this last week.  It’s not necessary to describe the directions to Roy Porters – all you have to do is get to …

Like Grandma Used To Make

British Pies

I’ve been able to spend a bit of time in North Yorkshire before the ‘tiers’ of the COVID clown enforced more essential movement restrictions.  Great Ayton, a small village just north of Stokesley and just south of Middlesbrough was my base for exploring.  A village with two butchers! One, Stokesley Butchers, had provided my lunch …

Jet Setting

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The only mistake I made was to have a starter. That was very apparent as soon as my main course arrived “Jet’s Steak and Kidney Pie”. There was enough to feed me for a couple of days and every bit of it looked (and tasted) magnificent! The Jet Miners Inn is in the village of …

Stocktaking in Stokesley

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Getting ready for a walk in the last warm days of summer I wandered up Great Ayton High Street finding Stokesley Butchers.  With a whole range of pies on offer I chose the Turkey and Ham. It was the perfect size to fit in my backpack for a snack while walking round Roseberry Topping, a.k.a. …

Hazy School Days

British Pies

In the current world of 1 metre, 2 metre, rule of six, masks, self-isolation, there is still one constant.   Homemade and Butcher’s pies! With this in mind, I headed to Chatburn near Clitheroe, where I had heard good things about their Cheese and Onion Pies, amongst other variants. I had read that the praise included …

Leave it to Leavers

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It took longer than I’d hoped for to return to Leavers bakers in Blackburn. Local lockdown measures had been imposed and by the time my second visit came around the friendly staff were all wearing face coverings. The day was an unfortunately typical grey, dreary, damp, mid Lancashire day, and I nearly opted for the …

Out Roving Near Rovers

British Pies

I spotted a small bakery while I was passing the home of Blackburn Rovers, Ewood Park.  Leavers Bakery, and when I entered two pies caught my eye.  A Chicken and Bean pie, which was sold out on this occasion and a Butter Pie. Now the only place I have heard of a Butter Pie before …

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