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The time is PIE

2014-10-24T10:36:58+01:00October 24th, 2014|

pietimeI’m sat at home waiting for the delivery of 1,000 books. Nervous and exciting times indeed. It has been a long haul: nearly three years in the making but the Life of Pies is nearly ready to be unleashed onto an unsuspecting public.

First job will be to post out many of the 114 copies that have been advanced ordered. I’m also tied up with preparations for tonight’s book launch at The Raven Hotel in Wigan […]

One hundred days of pie: No.46 The Half and Half Pie

2017-06-15T15:29:09+01:00October 5th, 2014|

charnley2What’s that you say? Yes a half and half pie! Not a half and half pizza, or a half and half scarf (don’t get me started!) I couldn’t believe my eyes/pies! I knew what I wanted for me tea before we walked in late last night but upon espying this culinary treat, it threw me sideways. 

I have pastry based responsibilities within the community to fulfil you see, so all thoughts of an XL burger with […]


2014-09-25T19:39:24+01:00September 25th, 2014|

ravenLife of Pies book launch Friday Oct 24th @ The Raven Hotel

The above might be a headline grabber but it’s absolutely true!

My blog updates have dried up. However, with under four weeks to go I have a ridiculous amount of things to do in a short space of time.


One hundred days of pie No.45 A New Zealand Gourmet steak and cheese

2017-06-15T15:29:09+01:00September 20th, 2014|

nzgourmet1I imagine taking pies to Newcastle is a bit like taking coals to Newcastle but for one bunch of foolhardy Southerners, and I mean REAL Southerners, well they seem to be excelling at it.

I ordered a box full of NZ Gourmet pies (yes that’s the NZ which is a long way down south) towards the end of last year and shared them out with my mates. The Thai green curry pie was excellent and Mike’s […]

One hundred days of pie No.44 Jesse Smiths of Cirencester

2017-06-15T15:29:09+01:00September 20th, 2014|

jessesmith1Cirencester is one of those places that, no matter whether you live there or not, you just have to adopt a West Country accent to say it. When I came here, I was initially looking for a Halls Bakery within the castle walks but I simply couldn’t find it. Parked on double yellows running around in the pissing rain like a drowned rat. How dare the Romans not provide multi storey short stay (preferably free) […]

One hundred days of pie No.43 Mobberley Village Bakery

2017-06-15T15:29:09+01:00September 14th, 2014|

mob1I seem to have gone overboard praising some of the better pies in the book the last few weeks, well today I thought I’d cover one of life’s little disappointments. Mobberley is a posh little place situated equidistant between two wealthy Cheshire towns, Knutsford and Wilmslow. 

I was working nearby with a limited lunch window and decided to give this one a bash based on its proximity rather than recommendation. After driving past Jodrell Bank and […]

One hundred days of pie No.42: Clarks of Bristol

2017-06-15T15:29:09+01:00September 14th, 2014|

clarksbristol1Having introduced the original Clarks yesterday, it would be harsh not to give it’s English cousin a bit of air space.

The same day I went to Cardiff, I also weaved my merry way to the Clarks pie shop in the sleepy area of Bedminster  (sorry) in Bristol. Cruising along the A5 past the Severn basin with an army of joggers and cyclists up above, down below and alongside on a glorious wintry day. Past the […]

One hundred days of pie No.41 Clarks of Cardiff

2017-06-15T15:29:09+01:00September 14th, 2014|

clarksshopIt was chirpy Bristolian Ian Holloway who first opined that Clarks Pies were one of the best things to come out of Bristol (apart from himself). However, it seems that statement was a touch liberal with the truth, you see Clarks pie originated in Cardiff and still thrive and survive there to this very day. 

I took the opportunity to head west last year to understand the Clarks phenomenon. Pulled up in a working class area […]

One hundred days of pie No.40 Dawsons Meat and Potato Pie

2017-06-15T15:29:08+01:00September 14th, 2014|

dawsons1I feel duly obliged to do a piece on this one in my pie hall of fame. If you see the links on the right, you’ll notice it is the most read story on this here blog.

It wasn’t always – it seems to have rocketed up in the past few weeks to come from nowhere. Maybe the eighties teen heartthrob show “Dawsons Creek” has seen a resurgence in recent times? Maybe […]

One hundred days of pie No.39 The Pound Bakery Chip Chop Curry Pie

2017-06-15T15:29:08+01:00September 14th, 2014|

poundbakery1You might recall a few blogs back I mentioned the bad press that Greggs get, simply for their mass market domination of the steak bake sector.

 To be honest, there is another company that have emerged in the North West which has also taken a bit of stick for it’s bold, affordable approach.

But what’s the problem here? People in the North West like eating PIES and the POUND BAKERY simply makes the money in […]

Guess what came yesterday?

2017-06-15T15:29:08+01:00September 14th, 2014|

advance1Yes – It’s a pair of advance copies of Life of Pies sent by air freight! 

As the picture below testifies! (pie supplied for measurement purposes)

I’m still waiting for a definitive date for the launch. The pallets have been shipped I just don’t know exactly when they will land at my door.

Current estimate is some point between October 16th – 24th, so just over a month to go!

I will be holding a launch in Wigan on […]

About the Author-NN

2014-09-12T16:48:15+01:00September 12th, 2014|

About The Author

This is the bit that I suppose I should have put in the book but to be perfectly honest I talk about myself and my escapades enough in that to indulge in any kind of formal introduction. Plus I’m the shy and unassuming type. So what do you want to know……..?

My name is Martin Tarbuck. I’m 40, er 41, and I live in Wigan with my wife and three year old daughter. The pair of them are as high maintenance as a fleet of vintage cars but secretly I like that. I consider it […]

One hundred days of pie: No.38 A Glovers Butter Pie

2017-06-15T15:29:08+01:00September 11th, 2014|

glovers1Ah yes, the butter pie: talk about a pie which divides opinions. 

I had one the other day from Galloways and my personal opinion is that they are pleasant, but I’d always rather have a bit of meat in there if possible.

For the uninitiated, this is a pie made with butter, potato and onion. In much the same way as Friday is “chippy tea” day, the Butter pie was conceived as a way for all good […]

One hundred days of pie – No.37 Yorkes Peppered Steak

2017-06-15T15:29:08+01:00September 3rd, 2014|

yorkes1Although I’m quite centrally located – indeed I’m based in the pie capital of the country that is Wigan, there are certain places that I had to visit yet were quite hard to get to. It’s not easy to get to Inverness and back in a day just to get a pie and whereas Mrs T is an understanding girl, I’d possibly be pushing my luck a bit there.

So I hit upon an idea: if […]

One hundred days of pie – No.36 Thomas of Malmesbury

2017-06-15T15:29:08+01:00September 1st, 2014|

thomas1From one Thomas to another….with the main consistency being that it’s an awkward bugger to spell and say. Is it Thomas Butchers, Thomas the Butchers, Thomases Butcher, Thomas’s’ Butchers, Thomas’ Butchers, Thomases the Butcher oh my head’s gone….for a veritable wordsmith this ties me in knots.


One hundred days of pie No.35 Thomas the Bakers of Ulverston

2017-06-15T15:29:08+01:00August 31st, 2014|

thomasulverston1I made several trips to marvellous Barrow during the course of the book, it turns out that the longest cul de sac in the world is a veritable pie hotbed.

The half dozen or so pie purveyors present in the peninsula all lay claim to make the best meat and potato pie, so what to make of Thomas the Bakers of nearby Ulverston?



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