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?

To start off with they have a big plaque on the wall stating they have won the “Best Football Pie 2013” award, a promising opening gambit. The girl serving is marvellously helpful and patient despite some old crone mithering her and attempting to jump the queue whilst I’m being served.

As for the pie, well it’s absolutely textbook. A small porthole in the top giving way to a delightful aroma and an exceptionally packed to capacity pie displaying the traditional layered sliced potato Barrow style. It’s absolutely heaving with hearty goodness and reasonably priced at £1.40 for a generous portion of perfectly encased potato pie.

There’s no doubting Thomas makes a good pie. See what I did there? I thank yew…..


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

No. 29 Percy Turner’s Growler

No.30 Hollingworth Bakery

No.31 Greggs Meat and Potato Pie

No.32 Foodcraft Fish & Chips

No.33 Dorset Blue Vinney Pork Pie

No.34 Purbeck Smokie