Yes it was National Pie week – last week. And you didn’t know? Shame on you!
I didn’t either. But we were away in Devon for the weekend and visited one of our favourite pubs – The Ring O’ Bells in Chagford, on Dartmoor.
It really is a nice place (written before – they do have lunch sized portions as well as large – which suits us fine).
The deal was £10 for a Pie and a Pint – well, we couldn’t resist. Three were on offer: Beef and Ale; Chicken and Leek; and venison with Juniper and cranberry. naturally, as I have written this last, you know which one we had.
Hot lard pastry isn’t the easiest thing to make. When myOld Bull & Bush mate Julian had a go recently, and he managed to get covered in an explosion of flour as he poured the hot fat in. Unpleasant and a little scary! But chef at the pub had done wonders as he usually seems to. Good mash, splendid root veg and cabbage, and a stand alone pie. Presented with a quarter cut out and pulled back to reveal the wonderful concoction within.
In best “pie” tradition, the gravy was very thin- ‘pie and liquor’ as it was called in London.
The problem with profit in a pub that feeds you so well is that we didn’t have room for pudding. As ever though, it guarantees our return, sooner rather than later.
I am already looking forward to National Pie week 2014!