DIRECTORY: PIE SHOPS

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So, have we convinced you that you need more pie in your life? If we haven’t, we’ve failed. If we have, you could do far worse than plot your pie-based perambulations here.

LANCASHIRE

Shirley’s Pies

Traditional Lancashire pies with a reassuring, hand-made aesthetic. A crisp pastry case hides generous pork and apple, beef steak in red wine or maybe cheese, onion and potato. Online ordering is, we hear, ‘on the way’.

2 The Old Coal Yard, Hallgate Lane, Preesall
shirleyspies.com

Halls Bakery

They call themselves the ‘Real Pie Company’ and, in Chorlton, that means one thing: butter pie. This layered potato and onion confection is a carb-loaded slice of pure comfort food. Need some protein? Try their minced steak.

15 Eaves Lane, Chorley
hallsbakery.co.uk

Bowen Pies

Ever enjoyed a Whist Pie? If not, might we suggest a day trip to Bowen’s? This beef and bacon beauty is the heart of this fabulous family-run pie business. See also their steak pudding: it’s a pie, but with a wonderfully moist, steamed pastry shell.  Serve with chips and gravy. Now.

1-3 Babylon Lane, Adlington, Chorley
bowenpies.co.uk

Carrs Pasties

This isn’t the place for a discussion on whether a pasty is a pie. Let’s just say we’re prepared to move the goalposts when they’re as good as Carrs. Their meat and potato is a thing of beauty.

Branches throughout Bolton
carrspasties.co.uk

Harry Muffin

Bury market’s greatest – try the sweet whinberry (or bilberry) pie, or the tremendous Cissy Greens hand raised meat pie, a small Scotch pie-like gem, from a traditional Haslingden recipe.

Bury Market, Market Street
burymarket.com

MERSEYSIDE

Homebaked

Pie shop, bakery, community saviours all round life-affirming example of how, when you put a decent pie at the centre of your regeneration plans, the rest is easy. Let’s hope LFC start to really engage with this neighbourhood gem.

199 Oakfield Road, Anfield
homebaked.org.uk

Satterthwaites

Revived after the original Satterthwaites family threw in the oven gloves, and boy are we glad. Crosby’s finest is still the one to beat. Try their Beef Wellington, or their pork and black pudding and tell us we’re wrong.

Coronation Road, Crosby
satterthwaitesbakehouse.co.uk

Pearsons

When you stick to doing one thing, and one thing only, you’ve every likelihood of doing it brilliantly. New Ferry’s Pearsons are the best pork pies in the county. Hence this unassuming store is our other favourite butchers’ in New Ferry (Edge and Sons is just around the corner).

1 New Ferry Road, New Ferry
Greater Manchester

Great North Pie Co

A fixture at the best markets of Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Derbyshire, the GNPC’s offerings are all you need to fuel you up for a good old browse. Their steak and stout is a meal unto itself, and their white Cheshire, beetroot and cranberry might shout knowingly artisan but, frankly, who cares. It’s stunningly good.

greatnorthpie.co

Bradley’s Bakery

It’s not all about the pork pie at Bradley’s, but it mostly is. It’s a cracker. But spare a thought, and a stomach, for their award-winning  steak and cowheel and pork and Bury black pudding pies. You’ll not go hungry here.

225 King’s Road,
Hurst Cross, Ashton-under-Lyne
bestporkpie.co.uk

Pryces

All your favourites, deep-filled and fresh from the oven, here at Pryces. Whist pie, steak and onion, cheese and onion. They really don’t mess around with your fancy new fillings here. And, sometimes, that’s just the way we like it.

255 Manchester Road, Walkden
pryces.com

Pie and Ale

Yes this Northern Quarter favourite is a sit down affair, but they also deliver. So their Steak and Yippee Pie can be (thanks to Deliveroo) whisked round to your place within half an hour. Yes please. See also their awesome Three Cheese and Ale – mature white cheddar, rich smoky white cheese and a sharp tangy Shropshire blue all cooked in a creamy ale sauce. Good god.

47 Lever Street, Manchester
pieandale.com

CHESHIRE

Lord of the Pies

Hand made gourmet pies, such as pulled chicken balti, a creamily delicious (and award winning) fish pie and a tremendous Beef and Blacksticks Blue Pie or the gourmet beef stew and potatoes. This is how you marry ancient and modern – truly great work.

Branches in Stockport and Macclesfield
facebook.com/LordofthePiesGB

Cheshire Pie Co

Pork and Mrs Darlington’s caramelised onion chutney, anyone? Even just writing that made our mouths sort of have a little party of their own.  How about ham, leek, cheese and bacon? Or pork and chorizo. This Cheshire favourite pushes all our buttons.

8 Bold Street, Sandbach
cheshire-pie.co.uk

Treacle Town Pie Co

Macclesfield loves its pies. And why wouldn’t it, when it’s spoiled by baking of such distinction. Officially home to the ‘Best Steak and Ale Pie in Britain’ (prime lean diced local beef, Robinson’s ‘Old Tom’ Ale, mushroom, onions and rosemary), Treacle Town’s pork pie is also a thing of beauty.

10 Charlotte Street, Macclesfield
thetreacletownpiecompany.co.uk

H E Coward

A hardy crew of in-house butchers make these pretty damn impressive Desperate Dan-style cow pies. “Unlike other pie makers we put the best in our pies, not the bits. The cuts we select are the finest for slow cooking, that’s why the meat is so tender.” They say.

68 Main Street, Frodsham
hecoward.co.uk

NORTH WALES

Cadwgan Bakery

Honest and delicious Welsh home cooking at its best – the queues out the door says more than a thousand Tripadvisor reviews. Yes, it’s usually famous for its lemon cream buns, but they’re not shirking in the pastry department either.

Abergele Rd, Colwyn Bay

Hulsons

Something of a Mold institution, Hulstons doesn’t tinker with its winning formula. The best pork pies in North Wales? We’ve yet to see a convincing arguments against this Flintshire stalwart’s claim.

37 Wrexham Street, Mold

Swans Farm Shop

Being marked down at an awards do (where they more-or-less swept the board) for having too much meat in their pies, that’s the sort of ticking off any pie maker would be proud of. Swans Farm Shop is a treat: head for the steak and ale, and steak and stilton pie. Then again, the fruit pies are sensational too.

Ffrith Farm, Treuddyn
swansfarmshop.co.uk

YORKSHIRE

Wilsons

Voted England’s best independent butcher, Wilson’s does a mean (and by mean, we mean not mean at all) range of stuffed-to-the-crust pies. Our choice? The force of nature that is their Huntsman’s Pie – a riot of pork, turkey, apple and apricot stuffing.  And we’re suckers for a fine gala pie.

38 Austhorpe Road, Leeds
wilsonsbutchers.co.uk

Costellos

Award winnings pies from this trim little Driffield, Malton and Headingley gem. Hand rolled pastry, spoon-filled pies, butcher-selected meat. It’s a holy trinity that results in some of the finest bakes in Yorkshire. The pie, Costellos-style is elevated to a thing of real beauty, especially when served with their homemade chutneys.

costellosbakery.com

Yorkshire Pie House

Bringing honest-to-goodness pub-style pies to the good people of Doncaster – that’s the Yorkshire Pie House manifesto. And it’ll get no argument from us. Steak and ale’s the favourite, but we really love their Chicken and Ham Pie, stuffed with free range chickens and prime cuts of pork in a creamy sauce. Yum.

Silver Street, Doncaster
yorkshirepie.com