Pure & Perfectly Prepared Pork Pie

British Pies

It’s a beautiful day, the sun is out and clear blue sky’s radiate across Manchester, the city whose bright rays of great northern soul have stretched out across the world over the last century.  Be it cotton, football or the incredible music it has produced and shared to the delights of all. The lockdown we …

A Pie Odyssey

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As it’s British Pie Week I decided I was going to “Zipping up my boots, I’m going back to my roots” and take myself off to Wildblood’s of Norden. Wildblood’s, an independent butcher, opened on Edenfield Road in July 2006 and recently moving premises to the site of the former post office which enabled an …

Spotted in Rochdale

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Venue: Smith’s Bakers and Confectioners, 764 Manchester Rd, Rochdale .  OL11 3AW Facebook Site: Smiths Bakers and Confectioners Pie: Meat and Potato Temperature as eaten: Hot Rating: 8.0 Smith’s Bakers and Confectioner is another one of those places that you pass by in the car regularly and say to yourself, “I must stop one day and …

Shout Out For The Local Bakers

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My local bakery is Hobson’s on Gorton Road Reddish. Hobson’s is a family run business, which started in June 1929 and has been providing all who visit delicious Bread, Cakes a Sandwich Bar and of course, their famous Meat & Potato Pie all made at their Reddish Shop. Sadly, today they no longer bake bread …

Lodgeside Loveliness

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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 …

WYSIWYG Pie

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Storm Christoph may have been battering the North West and Wales but I still felt the need, within Pandemic guidelines of course, to venture out and support a local business (and my appetite).  Little did I know at the time but Storm Christoph also arrived on what is sometimes referred to as Blue Monday.  The …

Locked down? Bake a Pie!

Home Made Pie

So here we are again.  Locked down in the UK for the third time and the likelihood that we’ll be twiddling our fingers and toes until at least the middle of March then there is clearly plenty of time to experiment a little and bake your own pies. That, is exactly what I decided to …

Brace yourself for a Treat

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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 …

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