Whether you’re looking for a traditional pie to satisfy your pastry craving or a buttery sweet tart, Gloucestershire offers hungry diners a bumper crop of places to indulge – without a soggy bottom in sight!
From seasonal fillings to innovative flavour combinations, SoGlos has searched high and low to reveal six places to get a pie fix in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.
The Tivoli, Cheltenham
Serving up scrumptious pies, the Tivoli in Cheltenham offers a selection of fillings including chicken and smoked bacon; seafood; beef; or a classic steak and kidney pie.
The Weighbridge Inn, Stroud
For a pastry fix with a difference head to Minchinhampton’s The Weighbridge Inn where you can sample its legendary 2 in 1 Pie, which has been tempting hungry diners for over 40 years, with its recipe a closely guarded secret.
The hearty dish offers a complete meal in a bowl using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, with the choice of flavour combinations including succulent slow braised beef pie teamed with a rich portion of cauliflower cheese. Mmmm…
The Farmers Boy Inn, Forest of Dean
Forest of Dean gastropub The Farmers Boy Inn offers an impressive selection of award-winning pies, with diners able to choose everything from the type of pastry, shortcrust or puff top, to the tasty meat and vegetarian fillings.
The pies are slow-cooked for up to eight hours to maximise the flavour of the locally sourced ingredients, and if you’re feeling particularly hungry, you can have a go at tackling the giant £99 pie, weighing a hefty 10lb!
Plenty! Pies, Stroud
Nailsworth baker, Plenty! Pies, is a family-run business specialising in – you guessed it – pies. Known for its unusual flavour combinations, Plenty! varies the fillings of its shortcrust pies according to the seasons, with wild boar and chorizo, and Cotswold venison marinated in cider, just a sample of what to expect.
Head to Stroud Farmers’ Market every Saturday to pick up one of the award-winning pies or visit one of the many Gloucestershire eateries serving Plenty!‘s creations, including The Hog at Horsley, The Golden Cross Inn in Cirencester, Gloucester Services and the farm shop at Jolly Nice near Stroud.
The Royal Oak, Burford
Serving up classic gastropub fare in charming surroundings, The Royal Oak in Burford offers diners a selection of handmade pies, perfect for an indulgent lunch or dinner out in the Cotswolds.
Encased in rich shortcrust pastry, choose from fillings such as traditional steak and ale; chicken; ham hock and leek; vegetable; and Moroccan spiced lamb and apricot, with mash or thick cut chips, and seasonal veg and red wine gravy adding the finishing touches.
The Beehive, Cheltenham
With delicious handmade offerings from Tom’s Pies, head to The Beehive for your pie fix in Montpellier.
For a weekday treat, Wednesday is pie and pint night, where you can enjoy a selection of different fillings including a traditional steak and ale pie, served with creamy mashed potato or thick cut chips and a choice of local real ales.