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Pieminster – New opening!! 

I LOVE pies, I love them a lot!! I eeked with joy when I found out Pieminster were opening up a venture here, about time too, as they’ve already popped up in a number of cities around the country. I was invited to try out the menu, part of their soft launch I guess, arrived hopeful and left majorly satisfied! From humble beginnings – friendship, love of food and the dreams of making great pies resulted in Pieminster. Since then they’ve won awards, traded at Glastonbury, opened up around the country and finally have a place in Leeds!!!

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There’s not much to say, apart from if you love pies, you’ll LOVE Pieminster!!! With a varied selection of fillings, some come with lids, some without depending on your preference. On the drinks front; a good selection of beers, wines, also cocktails too if that takes your fancy. We were told that they have a bar upstairs, could be the answer if you wanted a cheeky few before or after a meal.

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The starters comprise of a short list of tempting savoury goodies, such as potted pig and their ‘motherchips’ basically big, thick crisps with so-called No.11 condiment. My eyes were immediately drawn to pork scratchings, there were loads for one person and came with an apple sauce. Oh, they were yummy – thick, crunchy, not too salty and the apple sauce was sharp enough to cut through the fat. Probably enough to share between two, or maybe just one, if you’re greedy like me!!

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Pork scratchings with apple sauce

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From the pies section, I was quite tempted by their hot pots with a sliced potato top replacing a pastry lid, especially the Moo & Brew, a beef steak and stout pot, but when I thought about what I really like, I just love a pie with the proper pastry case and lid, end of!! From the list a few jumped out, but the Moodog won me over; steak/bacon/ale in one pie…..my hopes were high and I really didn’t want to be disappointed. As far as sides go, I love standard chips or mash as an accompaniment, they offer alternatives to these, such as courgette fries or sweet potato fries but they weren’t singing out to me as much. 

Size-wise, the pie on its own was hefty. Sat on a large dollop of mash and a filled gravy boat to the side, it was looking good!! The pastry was golden and when I cut into it, the smell of the filling got me straight away. Spot on buttery pastry, and filled to the max with chunks of steak, smokey bacon, cooked in Brewdog ale, so the pie had its own gravy. It was delicious and rich, full of flavour and I would’ve been more than happy with just the pie on its own!!! With the mash and gravy it was a great size for a dinner. The mash was generously served and more than enough for the pie, I liked the mash, but I’ve had better and thought it was a little under seasoned, however with the richness from the pie and unctuous gravy it didn’t really matter too much. 

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Moodog with mash and gravy

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Whilst service was going on before us, it’s understandable that staff are steadily getting to grips with their surroundings, the menu, the serving ware so a few tiny mishaps here and there could be forgiven, considering it was their first day of opening! But the staff seemed knowledgeable and weren’t in your face all the time, which I liked.

One of the things I really liked, apart from the food was the pricing – my pie and chips would’ve been £6.90, that’s pretty good I reckon for such a tasty and filling plate of food!!! It’s definitely a place to go if you want good comfort food at a reasonable price. 

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Pieminster

Duncan Street

Leeds

LS1 6DQ

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Pie & Cider Festival photoblog!

Long-time readers of the blog may have an inkling of my penchant for pastry, whether they be pie, pasty, tarts…trust me carb loading I’m good at, especially when it comes to the good stuff!!!  Belgrave Music Hall held their very first (hopefully of many) Pie & Cider Festival on Easter Sunday and I wasn’t going to miss out on being able to feast!

The line-up was impressive to say the least; with over 50 varieties of pies in different forms….pies, sausage rolls, scotch egg, empanadas, scotch eggs, tarts made by the best Yorkshire producers, including Keelham Farm, Wilsons, WIlkinsons, Beasty Boys, Lishmans, Robinsons Farm Shop, Voakes and The Greedy Pig!! As always, dietary requirements were taken care of  too with a range of goodies for those with intolerances to gluten, wheat or dairy.

To balance out the savoury, there had to be something sweet to keep things in check, so Belgrave regular Noisette Bakehouse was on hand to sort us out with another tour into her culinary wizardry, including a salt caramel brownie pie, taking the infamous salt caramel brownie up a notch!!

After all the feasting to quench the thirst there was also 30 varieties of cider and 20 different ales and beers to take your pick from!!

Here’s a selection of the spread on offer, get ready for some serious pastry action!!

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Gluten free sausage rolls, pork pies and traditional cornish pasties from Voakes
Gluten free sausage rolls, pork pies and traditional cornish pasties from Voakes

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Wilsons sausage rolls
Wilsons sausage rolls
Cornish pasties - Wilsons butchers
Cornish pasties – Wilsons butchers

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Balti pasty - Wilsons butchers
Balti pasty – Wilsons butchers
Pork pies - Wilsons butchers
Pork pies – Wilsons butchers
WIlkinsons Cornish Pasties
WIlkinsons Cornish Pasties
Cheese pasty - Wilkinsons
Cheese pasty – Wilkinsons
Blue Stilton pork pie - Robinsons Farm Shop
Blue Stilton pork pie – Robinsons Farm Shop
Pepperoni pork pie - Robinsons Farm Shop
Pepperoni pork pie – Robinsons Farm Shop
Pork, apple & stuffing pie - Robinsons Farm Shop
Pork, apple & stuffing pie – Robinsons Farm Shop
Mushy pea & mint pork pie - Robinsons Farm Shop
Mushy pea & mint pork pie – Robinsons Farm Shop
Pork, cheese & pickle pies - Robinson Farm Shop
Pork, cheese & pickle pies – Robinson Farm Shop
Sweet chilli pork pie - Robinsons Farm Shop
Sweet chilli pork pie – Robinsons Farm Shop
3 bean & roasted veg pie - Keelham Farm Shop
3 bean & roasted veg pie – Keelham Farm Shop
Steak, ale and potato pie - Keelham Farm Shop
Steak, ale and potato pie – Keelham Farm Shop
Pork & Apple pie - Keelham Farm Shop
Pork & Apple pie – Keelham Farm Shop
A selection of pies form Lishmans - chilli, pork and piccalilli
Pork pie – Lishmans, Chilli pie and Piccalilli pie (unknown)
Chicken & veal tongue empanada - Beasty Boys
Chicken & veal tongue empanada – Beasty Boys
Scotch eggs!
Scotch eggs!

Now for the sweet stuff, courtesy of Noisette Bakehouse!!

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Pineapple and black pepper hand pies
Strawberry balsamic crumble
Strawberry balsamic crumble
Spiced pear crumble pie
Spiced pear crumble pie
Chocolate, salt caramel, peanut and nougat tart
Chocolate, salt caramel, peanut and nougat tart
Freedom banana cream pies
Freedom banana cream pies
Szarlotka
Szarlotka
Salt caramel brownie
Salt caramel brownie

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Lemon meringue pie
Lemon meringue pie

Meat maestros Bangers & Bacon were back serving the people some pork delight, including award winning sausages from Jimmy’s Farm!

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Pig $ chips – sausages and cheese on chips, covered in homemade gravy and crispy onions

Of course, I wasn’t going to just take photos and leave without eating something, no chance!!

Pork, apple & stuffing pie
Pork, apple & stuffing pie

Pork, apple and stuffing pie

Such a winner of a pie from Robinsons Farm Shop, definitely a pork pie with a difference. It was like a mini meal in itself; beautiful pastry, lovely seasoned pork and stuffing all topped with chunky apple!! So good!!

I went home with a small bounty to graze on as well, it frankly would’ve been rude not to!

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Top left: pineapple and black pepper hand pie, top right: Szarlotka, bottom: spiced pear crumple pie – Noisette Bakehouse
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Chicken & veal tongue empanada – Beasty boys and pork pie (can’t remember which producer it was!)

I’d tried the empanada from the Beasty Boys at one of Belgrave’s feasts last year and loved it then, this was equally as good and I immediately wished I bought more of them! Lovely crisp, yet flaky pastry and a filling that was meaty with a delicate smokiness. Delicious!! The pork pie caught me a little by surprise, only because I’d asked for a steak, potato and ale one at the time, nevertheless, I was still more than happy as it was delicious. Not too much jelly which was great for me, beautiful pork filling and its pastry casing wasn’t too thick.

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Ah, that pineapple and black pepper hand pie was my first of the three sweet options to get wolfed down! So good that i’d love it to be a regular on the Bakehouse menu!! It’s a bit like a pimped up turnover, the pineapple gives it some oomph and the black pepper brought its innate sweet and sourness out even more! 

To say I was happy was an understatement!!!

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

1-1A Belgrave Street,

Leeds

Arts Cafe

Arts has been part of Leeds’ food and drink scene as long as I can remember, the girls and I have enjoyed many a leisurely girly lunch here in the past. In recent times though, I’m the first to admit I’ve only really frequented the place for a quick glass of wine, once in a while, and have neglected it as an option to eat out.

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A few weeks ago a Saturday was spent with the in-laws, after a few hours spent at the shops we were all pretty hungry, and as usual, the task came to yours truly to choose a lunch spot. I was thinking something that wouldn’t be too fussy in terms of cuisine, with a decent lunch menu and of course a good glass of wine. So with this in mind, I thought it may be a good opportunity to reacquaint myself with Arts Cafe.

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Saturday lunchtime; it was busy with free tables few and far between. The menu at Arts has always had something for everyone, whether you want something light or even a three course meal, it covers a lot of bases. Drinks and food orders were taken fairly quickly and even though it was busy, our lunch was brought to the table in good time. The place hasn’t changed too much over the years, I still find it a really comfortable space, somewhere a few hours can easily be spent with friends.

Their pie special was a popular one amongst us with two of us choosing item one with fries, the other with mash. To me a pie has to have a pastry casing as well as a lid, i’m a bit of a stickler when it’s comes to this, so if I was to name it, it would be chicken and mushroom stew/casserole with a pastry top. Saying that, it was really flavoursome and they’d been generous with the filling, of which there was plenty of moist chicken in good sizeable chunks, lots of mushroom which hadn’t disintegrated to nothing and a decent gravy. The fries and vegetables were served up in two bowls (the whole thing – three bowls on a board!?!)…why does each bit need to be in a separate bowl, sometimes I just want my food on one plate! It made it difficult to eat and I ended up making more of a mess than I normally do.

Chicken and mushroom pie
Chicken and mushroom pie

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Everybody else was happy with their plates, the fish plate was a winner and so was the venison, which looked fantastic! Beautifully cooked and paired well with it’s accompaniments. 

Arts fish plate
Arts fish plate
Holme Farm venison
Holme Farm venison haunch steak, with balsamic roasted salsify, shallot puree, kale in stout  and bacon

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Apart from my gripe about the plating up, after our visit I thought the food tasted good and was reasonably priced. As far as a choice for city centre dining – Arts is still a good spot with its varied, easy-going menu, and service that’s still as relaxed and friendly as it always was. 

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