Once the butt of culinary jokes, the savoury pie has regained its status as a thing of culinary beauty, celebrated alongside fish & chips and the Sunday roast as a national treasure. And nowadays, there's few better places on the planet to eat one than London.
We've rounded up some of the best in show. Warning: you may even find some of which are dangerously close to your office.
1 | Ginger Pig (above)
Their take away pies are handmade at Yorkshire’s Grange Farm and distributed to their seven London locations. Encased in shortcrust pastry, the Pig offers 17 different flavours, featuring the likes of Pork & Apricot, Venison & Redcurrant, and Steak Bourguignon. Moreover, its four varieties of chicken pie (accompanied with a choice of leeks, mushroom, bacon or ham) come wrapped in beef – a perfectly meaty combo.
Ginger Pig has locations in Lambeth, Marylebone, Hammersmith, Hackney, Clapham, Barnes and Borough Market, thegingerpig.co.uk
2 | The Windmill
The Mayfair pub with its very own Pie Club (which you can sign up to here) serves up a Shepherd’s Pie made with Vintage Cheddar along with a Pork & Mushroom pie in a creamy cider sauce with glazed apples. If neither of those tickle your fancy, there’s always the Steak & Kidney in suet pastry. There’s a reason why it’s a 3-time national winner.
The Windmill, 6-8 Mill Street, London, W1S 2AZ, (Closed on Sundays), windmillmayfair.co.uk
3 | Putney Pies
Home of the self-professed “finest pies in the land”, Putney Pies serves up Steak, Stout & Stilton, Chicken, Portobello Mushroom & Leek, and the mighty meaty Belly Pork & Smoked Bacon infused with Orchard Pig Cider fillings. Those after something less traditional can also choose from a range of hot pots and pot pies with lids, including the chilli pie (made with diced beef steak, kidney beans, fresh chillies and tomato) and the Shrimp, Mussels and Smoked Fish Fisherman’s favourite. Best of all, with meat sourced from Chiswick’s Macken Brothers Butchers; all pies are made ready to order, meaning no two are identical.
Putney Pies, 2 Putney High Street, London, SW15 1SL, putneypies.co.uk
4 | The Draft House – Birdcage
Originally founded in 1890 by then family patriarch Alfred Goddard, this quaint south-east London pie shop has been passed down through four generations of Goddard offspring. Currently standing within meters of the famed Greenwich market, Goddard’s at Greenwich features a range of sweet and savoury pies. Chilli Minced Beef, Cheese & Onion pies along with cherry; apple or rhubarb options and differentiate themselves from the pack by using a secret family recipe. A recipe that is sure to be taken to the grave by Alfred's great-grandsons and current owners Jeff & Kane.
With meat sourced all the way from the East London Sausage Company (across the road) the sheer size of the pies here are legendary. Using all puff pastry, the shoulder cut lamb is infused with sweet potato, wild garlic, baby onions, kale and fresh mint and cooked in white wine and vegetable stock.
As passionate about their mashed potato and gravy accompaniments as they are the pies themselves: a choice of seven different types of mash (including colcannon, mature cheddar and horseradish) and six different gravy assortments (onion, chicken and red wine & bacon among others) make Mother Mash the mix and match kings of pie-making.
Mother Mash, 26 Ganton Street, London, W1F 7QZ, mothermash.co.uk
8 | Piebury Corner
Arsenal fans are sure to be acquainted with this spot. Kicking off as a stall in 2011 selling pies en route to the Emirates, Piebury Corner set up permanent shop on Holloway Road the following year. The deli-come-diner’s menu is a hall of fame tribute to some of the greatest gooners – including The ‘Ian Wright’ (Lamb & Veg with a hint of mint), The ‘Charlie George’ (Minced Beef & Onion) and The ‘Ox’ (Ox cheek and Venison – naturally).