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Thank you for saving Life of Pies!

2023-12-05T16:36:50+00:00December 5th, 2023|

Dear all

I just wanted to send out a personal thanks to everyone who bought a copy of Life of Pies over the past month or so. In total, I sold 182 copies, after shifting around 5 all year previously. I had about 80 copies in my warehouse (shed) and have managed to sell those and get half of the warehouse stock sent to me to ship to actual customers!!

I am a decent accountant, an average writer but I am woeful at marketing and it is completely my own fault that it got to this […]

The perfect gift for the pie lover in your life

2022-12-14T12:32:36+00:00December 14th, 2022|

It’s that time of year when I get a steady trickle of orders for Life of Pies. It is over 8 years old now but still garners a bit of attention, because there is nothing else like that out there, in book form at least.

You can pick up a copy for just £4.99 plus P&P, either for yourself or for someone who might appreciate it. It is a weighty affair with a good sprinkling of FULL COLOUR PIE PHOTOS in it.

All in all, it is over 380 pages and documents a light hearted journey around the country […]

Life of Pies: just a few copies left

2021-07-06T14:41:56+01:00July 6th, 2021|

If you are wondering why this blog hasn’t been updated for a while, it is because I have moved on to a new, exciting follow up project.

The Good Pie Guide is coming soon, and I am busy compiling details from hundreds of pie purveyors up and down the country. If you want to add your favourite or suggest a pie I need to try, just drop me a line here.

I am down to less than a hundred copies of Life of Pies, so you can still buy a copy here for […]

Dickinson and Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie

2020-03-09T14:15:42+00:00March 9th, 2020|

While it was British Pie week last week, I found myself once again in Melton Mowbray and of course, there’s only one place to go when you find yourself in Melton, and that is to pay a visit to Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe to try a Dickinson and Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie (£1.70).

The Melton Mowbray bit is important. For this is a geographically protected pie. The town of Melton Mowbray, home for over twelve years to the British Pie Awards, is a hub of pie based activity. It is the only place I have seen signs directing people […]

Freed From Desire

2020-02-26T14:05:37+00:00February 26th, 2020|

You don’t get much in this life for free, or so they say. They also say that you get what you pay for. Whoever “they” are that is.

Anyway, I’ve developed a morbid fascination with the whoopsie aisle at Asda. I’ve never worked out whether it is because we, as a country are in a sad state of affairs, or people just like a bargain but there’s always a scrum of people hanging around waiting for the next cheap deal.

Personally, I’m not on the breadline but neither am I a millionaire, still waiting for the book to go global, six years […]

Great North Pie Co: Lancashire Cheese and Onion Pie

2020-02-07T16:39:23+00:00February 7th, 2020|

I’ve had previous with these chaps, I featured the Boxing Day Turkey Curry Pie in Life of Pies. I’ve always fancied their Lancashire Cheese and Onion Pie but it has always eluded me. Or rather, I have chosen a meat based option.

At the time, and I don’t know if this is still the case, they used to do a changing menu every quarter featuring four rotating pies with innovative flavours. As I recall, they did a pie with nettles in it once, ouch!!

Anyway, this one was purchased from Booths and although I can’t remember if it was identified as a […]

Steve’s Steak and Veg Pie

2020-01-06T17:54:14+00:00January 6th, 2020|

This is an interesting one, a perk of the job, well, the hobby as it stands. A Man City fan I know, Johnny Stafford got in touch to tell me about his mate who makes his own pies and sell them at work. And guess what? He made me one! It would be a travesty not to review it, wouldn’t it?

In return for the pie, I sent Steve a present money can’t buy, a priceless* copy of my book, Life of Pies.

Before Christmas, I finally managed to nip out to Eccles to transfer it from Johnny’s freezer to mine, and […]

Merry Xmas, here’s a Delish Christmas Pie!!

2019-12-24T12:42:37+00:00December 24th, 2019|

Barrow remains a good source of pies with many decent independent outlets. It’s all a matter of taste, of course, but I would still put the well-known (via ‘Life of Pies’ and the Hairy Bikers among others) Greens Pie Shop as my favourites.

The new kid on the block is increasing in popularity, however. ‘Deli.sh’ (sic) on Crellin Street is just behind McDonalds on Dalton Road and opposite Portland Walk, the main shopping streets. It is particularly popular with younger people. Website: http://www.delishbarrow.com/

The normal pie offerings are Meat and Potato (£1.70) and Steak and Potato (£1.80) – […]

New pies at the home of Crusty the Pie

2019-12-12T12:08:49+00:00December 12th, 2019|

Regardless of my views on the selection of caterer for pies at the DW Stadium, home of Wigan Athletic and Wigan Warriors, there is a new pie supplier providing hot pastry products to sports fans of Wigan and visitors far and wide.

The carefully chosen vendor is Clayton Park of Accrington, you can check out their produce which sits at the creatively chosen URL of www.pietastic.com.
East Lancashire is something of a hot bed (or hot oven if you prefer) on the pie making front with ubiquitous chip shop giants, Hollands, also situated nearby. Neither of them are […]

The Fat Dad’s Football Camp Holiday Gift Exchange Club

2019-12-07T13:52:43+00:00December 7th, 2019|

Let me set the scene here. I’ve no idea how it started but a bunch of us play football on a Thursday night. Somebody, somewhere at one point decided to bring home something for a few of the lads from their holiday. I can’t remember whether it was a stick of salami, a strong beer or a bottle of olive oil, but I think it’s fair to say, things have escalated somewhat ever since.

Reindeer meat, absinthe, napalm like chilli sauces, double digit beers and imperial stouts. Fine wines and spirits, tequila with worms in them, souvlaki and bruschetta mix, the […]

Wrights Pies, burning like fire!!

2019-10-11T23:32:26+01:00October 11th, 2019|

Got to keep up the batting average: now, where can I reasonably get to within my lunch hour without anyone noticing I’ve disappeared? I do 12 hours days so if I take longer than an hour it’s not a huge deal but then there’s the side effects. Having a pastry heavy pie for lunch often lays a bit heavy on the stomach; I may as well have six pints I’ll be that lethargic. Like the IT developers who go to our canteen and polish off a full curry, then apple crumble and custard for afters. If I did that I’d […]

The Muffin Man Meat and Potato Pie

2019-09-14T22:18:32+01:00September 14th, 2019|

Saturday January 21st 2012

It’s highly probable that blood has been spilled over the debate as to who makes the best pies in Wigan. Or pie gravy at least. This is why the question needs answering. There are people who swear by the Muffin Man. Plus it’s in my village so giving it a shit review will see me ostracised by my local community and earn me the nickname “that pie wanker”.

Keep it simple for now:

“Right darling – going getting my hair cut, then I’m getting some petrol. Fancy a pie for lunch?”

It needs to be a local one given we’re […]

Day 1: Hampsons / Sayers Meat and Potato Pie

2019-09-09T12:17:43+01:00September 8th, 2019|

Somehow, seven years has passed since I embarked on my ground breaking travelogue, the Life of Pies. It wasn’t the first or only book about pies, but it still remains the only book about eating pies, rather than the plethora of attempts at books determined to teach the public as to how to make a good pie. Seems a bit illogical to me. Why bake when you can buy and keep your local butcher, baker or even a candle stick maker in business? LOL, as if people still make a living making candles. Yep, they make a bloody fortune out […]

A Potted pie guide

2019-05-31T08:53:45+01:00May 31st, 2019|

The beauty of my extensive research (2012-present*) is that whenever I find myself in a foreign town, I always know where to sniff out the best pies.

(*though if truth be known, like most Wiganers, I have been sampling pies for as long as I cut my first teeth)

So it was that after finishing a 10k in Lancaster in a respectable 47.06m, I needed to rebuild my carbohydrate store.
What better place to go, than an old favourite in the form of Potts Pies of Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth?

On my way out of […]

2019-03-24T14:56:43+00:00March 24th, 2019|

It’s been a while, I actually did this review at Christmas but only just managed to plonk it on the site. Anyway, here goes….

Like I need more food to eat over Christmas. But I suppose it’s a pleasant change from the mountain of cheese and pate I’m currently wading through.

Purchased from THEE ALDI at a price of, hang on, *checks receipts*, £1.79, I bought it because I had not seen it before and I fancied […]

Save The Pie!

2018-12-12T11:14:49+00:00December 12th, 2018|

piescoversmallFor one week only I am selling off some pie books on the cheap I have found. I am selling them at just £1.99 or they WILL be pulped. Due to Brexit (no seriously), a lost pen drive, some Customs problems and all manner of other issues, I am stuck with a mountain of debt and loads of pie books I just can’t sell so here’s your chance to nab one on the cheap.

Postage is three quid and no collections/deliveries I am afraid but you can still get […]


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