percys1I recently wrote an article for excellent Barnsley fanzine West Stand Bogs all about pies and my forthcoming book. It was the least I can do after it’s editor tipped me off some time last year about Percy’s Pies.

A small butcher situated in the South Yorkshire town of Jump, Percy’s is a local institution. Enough of the pre-amble though: they sell pork pies for SIXTY FIVE PENCE!!!

And if you’re lucky like me, you get a free piece of dried blood in your change!

I spoke a couple of days ago about hidden treasures and this place certainly ticks all the boxes. It’s never changed for twenty years (nor has the price) and whether you genuinely believe that things were better in the olden days or not, there’s a fairly strong case that pies aren’t what they used to be. Yet this one is!

It’s a glorious bundle of spicy sausage meat encased in molten jelly which spills out at uncontrollable levels. Served still warm from the oven it is an enticing, appetising, rich experience and the pie is no mean size given it’s extremely competitive price.


Mind you, I could have eaten another. But then you could always eat another one of these pies for they are a little bobby dazzler, as they say in Barnsley (probably)

There’s another 313 pies like the above featured in Life of Pies. If you want to order a copy of the book for just £9.99 plus postage please click this link to order

You’ll receive it in as soon as I’ve finished my pie!


No.1 Rounds of Prestons

No. 2 Deacons of Westoning

No. 3 Murdochs Macaroni Pie

No. 4 Greenhalghs Vindaloo Pie

No. 5 Pieminster Shamrock Pie

No.6 The Crusty Cob

No.7 The French Oven Minced Beef and Mushy Peas Pie

No.8 The Rolling Pin

No. 9 Walkers Pork Pie 

No.10 Potts Pies

No.11 Scouse Pie

No.12 Dickinson & Morris Creamy Chicken Pie

No.13 Plested Pies of Southampton

No.14 Haffners Meat and Potato Pie

No.15 Treflach Farm Pork & Apple Pie

No.16 TJ Parry-Jones & Daughters

No.17 Wienholts Steak Pie

No.18 Peggys of Ambleside

No.19 Crusty Pie Company

No.20 Elliotts of Northampton

No. 21 Lathams of Southport

No.22 The Killie Pie

No.23 Galloways Meat and Potato Pie

No.24 Pooles Pies

No.25 Aulds Steak & Haggis Pie

No.26. M.Newitt & Sons

No.27. Sakers Mexican Chilli

No.28 Ludlow Fidget Pie