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The Top Ten Pies in Wigan

2017-06-15T15:29:11+01:00February 7th, 2016|

piebarmWelcome to Wigan – undisputed pie capital of the world! Maybe it is disputed though? The British Pie Awards are on next month and they are held not in Wigan but in Melton Mowbray, where the pies are very different but no less famous. The World Pie Eating Championships are however held in Wigan but that might imply that Wiganers go for quantity – or speed of consumption appears to […]

A festive treat for a pie lover!

2015-12-03T15:03:47+00:00December 3rd, 2015|

piebookLooking for a literary treat for the pie lover in your life? Well, look no further as “Life of Pies” can fulfil your needs….

What’s it all about then?


Muffin Tops

2017-06-15T15:29:11+01:00November 1st, 2015|

muffinmanAt least I’ve finally got the answer to a question posed right at the beginning of Life of Pies, namely – when a pie shop sells a small and large meat and potato pie, why on earth would anyone order a small one?

The answer of course is that the large ones have run out….

And speaking of going right back to the start, the Muffin Man was one of the first places I visited when commencing […]

How not to write a book

2015-10-25T15:47:34+00:00October 25th, 2015|

piesresetIt’s just over 12 months to the day since I launched my self-published epic Life of Pies and I’d be lying if I said things had gone exactly to plan. I’ve not had the best year to be perfectly frank, in fact in a literary sense, it has been something of an unmitigated disaster. 


Put a DUNK on it!

2017-06-15T15:29:11+01:00September 27th, 2015|

dunkleys1It was a sunny, summer’s day when I found myself at the Table Table chain in the Stone Cross pub near Haydock. It was actually the same day as when I last updated the blog and I had already polished off a Greens Cheese and Onion pie for lunch yet as I found myself perusing the menu, I uncovered a fine selection of Dunkleys pies to be on offer.

Now me […]

Back on the pie trail: Greens Cheese & Onion

2015-07-08T22:44:12+01:00July 8th, 2015|

greenscheese1A familiar establishment but a pie I’ve never tried before from there. It’s a cheese and onion pie from Greens which I think cost around £1.50.

If I’m honest, I didn’t taste and review anything like enough cheese and onion pies during the making of Life of Pies. The main reason for this being, I love meat! Ahem. Indeed, who doesn’t love meat?? Yes, OK thanks – vegetarians! They don’t.

The pie is of a hefty size […]

One hundred days of pie No.50 Grasmere Farm Steak Pie

2017-06-15T15:29:10+01:00June 7th, 2015|

grasmere1At last, 50up! This is still under 16% of the pies featured in all their glory in the Life of Pies, magnificent value for under a tenner.

Ahem, anyway towards the end of the book, I started to get a few recommendations coming my way, one in particular came from Mudhutter’s very own Orrible Ives who had recently decamped to rural Lincolnshire.

On a brief reconnaissance back to home turf, I met him in the car park of […]

One hundred days of pie – No.49 Burchalls of St Helens

2017-06-15T15:29:10+01:00June 7th, 2015|

burchalls1‘Tis a shameful admission but I worked in St Helens for three years and parked up around the back of this place with no knowledge it was actually there. But maybe that’s a deliberate thing, as it is an understated institution where the locals furtively enter with a knowing nod. 

Even as you walk past, it can be difficult to ascertain that there are top notch pastry products being served up in here as it is […]

One hundred days of pie: No.48 Lord of the Pies – The Stockport Pie

2017-06-15T15:29:10+01:00June 7th, 2015|

lotp1After a long day procuring growlers on the other side of the Pennines, I found myself negotiating the labyrinth that is the narrow winding streets of Stockport town centre in search of one more pie. I parked on a meter outside a nightclub cum lapdancing bar and headed for the bright lights and noise emanating from Stockport market over the bridge. Lord of the Pies (ace literary pun there) is situated at the quieter end […]

One hundred days of pie: No.47 Greenhalghs Steak & Ale

2017-06-15T15:29:10+01:00June 7th, 2015|

greenhalghsdunscar2Or the Greenhalghs Steak & Ale with Dunscar Bridge Brewery Ale Pie to give it it’s full title.

Now I’ve no idea where Dunscar Bridge is, let alone it’s famous brewery but that’s fine, as it always adds a certain touch of exoticism to proceedings. It’s near Bolton. Figures really seeing as that is where Greenhalgh’s is based, indeed with a fair wind blowing in the right direction you could probably get a waft of baking pies heading […]

Life of Pies goes national…..

2015-03-15T09:36:19+00:00March 15th, 2015|

lifeofpiesI must apologise for not updating this blog for the past few weeks but as some readers may be aware, my pie eating mission was drawn to the attention of the national press during British Pie Week.

What should have been a nice relaxing birthday for me last weekend saw me shuffling in and out of the Post Office at Wigan Asda carrying boxes of books to be shipped out to all points north, south, east […]

The great stick up job!

2015-02-18T21:18:50+00:00February 18th, 2015|

piestickersIf your local pie shop is any good, you may have not noticed a new adhesive adorning the window. A few weeks ago I took the plunge and ordered several hundred car stickers in a bid to spread the gospel of good pies.

You can hopefully see an example of these very stickers in the images included in this blog.

If I’m honest, the purpose is twofold and ideally of mutual benefit. From my perspective it will […]

A book about pies? Why on earth…..

2015-02-12T22:22:50+00:00February 12th, 2015|

percys1To give you a flavour of what possesses someone to write a book about pies, I’ve reproduced an article below that I scribbled for the brilliant Barnsley based fanzine West Stand Bogs….

PS Sorry I had January off after the gargantuan effort of actually putting the book together and getting it published in 2014 but I’m back now, blogging blogs and flogging books (hopefully). Go on, it’s only £9.99 and it’s […]

Wishing you a Hap-PIE Christmas!!

2014-12-08T17:54:33+00:00December 8th, 2014|

piecoverThere’s just over two weeks left for you to make someone’s Christmas a truly Hap-PIE one by getting the pie lover in your life a copy of Life of Pies!

Over 20 boxes of the book have now gone out and the feedback has been incredible. It’s truly heartwarming for me personally to know that it has been so well received.


21 days later

2014-11-14T11:34:03+00:00November 14th, 2014|

palletsIt was a night which delivered everything it promised. Pies, mainly and plenty of them! The back room of the Raven proved a great little spot for the assorted ladies and gents of Wigan Pie Society to celebrate the launch of Life of Pies in no uncertain terms.

I had a few shocks and setbacks along the way, not least concerns about the delivery of the books in time after they got held up in customs […]


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