The 2015 British Pie Awards ceremony is set to take place tonight (April 22) to celebrate the nation’s love of pies.
Year after year, hundreds of pie producers enter the awards in the hope of receiving a British Pie Award accolade.
We’ve put together a list of places in our region which offer stunning selections of pies. Do you think any of these are worthy of such an award?
1. The Carriage Restaurant, The Railway Hotel, Faversham
Homemade Beef Bourguignon Pie is part of their set dinner menu. Chunks of beef cooked with bacon, mushrooms and onion in a rich wine gravy and in a shortcrust pastry case, served with mash and vegetables.
2. The Phoenix Tavern, Abbey Street, Faversham
It has a whole pie club! Choose from pork, apple and cider; chicken, gammon and leek; steak and ale, homity, venison and bacon. All served with local vegetables and a choice of new potatoes or mash and homemade gravy.
3. The Sun Inn, West Street, Faversham
Steak, mushroom and Master Brew pie on the menu here, so don’t drive!
4. M&P Fruiterers and Tearooms, Tankerton Road, Whitstable
If you’re a steak fan you won’t be able to resist the steak and stilton suet puddings and steak and kidney pies, or maybe the steak and horseradish?
5. The Vaults, in Preston Street, Faversham
It offers a pie of the week, which comes with mashed potato, seasonal vegetable and the fabulous sounding ox cheek gravy.
6. The Foundry Brew Pub, White Horse Lane, Canterbury
Favourites include beef and beer, pork, wild mushroom and mustard and spicy lentil and mixed bean for vegetarians.
7. The Old Weavers Restaurant, St Peters Street, Canterbury
Types range from beef steak and Guinness pie, chicken, ham and leek and lamb and rosemary pie.
8. Frasiers Traditional Pie & Mash, Central Parade, Herne Bay
Its signature pie comprises minced beef (without gravy, some connoisseurs will tell you) and two types of pastry – suet as the base and short on the top.
It’s perhaps the town’s most well-known pie venue and a long-time favourite with folk in the smoke, pie and mash has its own subculture and the critics will be many and vocal if the dish is made wrongly. With it, as you might have guessed, comes mashed potato, along with malt or chilli vinegar and traditional ‘liquor’.
Now don’t get too excited about the last bit – the liquor is not alcoholic.
9. The Hampton Inn, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay
Make sure to check out the homemade fish pie topped with cheese mash, or the option of steak and oyster pie with mashed potatoes and vegetables at the delightful Le Petit Poisson back on Central Parade.