We love Pieminister restaurants. They’re always relaxed venues for family feasts. And who doesn’t crave a steaming pie, mash and mushy peas smothered in gravy once in a while?
For the summer season, the scrumptious pie specialists have lightened up the menu in their larger restaurants (including Bristol, Cardiff and Leeds) to include new Ice Cream Pies for dessert. My boys loved the ‘Toffee Apple’ ice cream pie with apple, custard & vanilla ice-cream, toffee sauce and granola. Or you can indulge in a choc-fest with the Glastonbury Mud Pie with rich chocolate & vanilla ice-cream, chocolate sauce and hazelnuts.
Other new summer savoury pies include the Tipsy Chick and Scrumpea (a chicken or vegetarian pie laced with Orchard Pig Cider). Buy either one of these pies and you’ll be funding the planting of a tree in Northern Malawi. (The Scrumpea was scrumptious, by the way.) There are also open-topped pies on offer (we can vouch for the deliciousness, if that’s a word, of the Green Goddess – with spinach chickpea, butternut squash, béchamel sauce and feta.)
Also new for summer are salads (I’m sure these are super-tasty but I couldn’t bring myself to order salad in a pie-place) plus cocktails (which I COULD bring myself to try – the ‘Pie’na Colada’ is a refreshing twist on the original with Appleton’s Rum and coconut) and the chance to ‘Pimp Up your Pie’ with sticks of chorizo, courgette fritters, onion rings or halloumi.
Here’s to eating all the pies.
Find out more: www.pieminister.co.uk
Pic credits: Nicola Thompson Photography