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 there’s an Irish ceilidh band called Dawsons whose own brand of craic is on the rise at feisty fun loving Irish Catholic get togethers? Or maybe Dawsons just make bloody brilliant pies. And they do. They really do.

They were one of the first pies I had to really blow me away. Based in the Manchester suburb of Tyldesley with shops in Atherton and Hindley they are indeed a craft baker who make heavenly pies of yesteryear. 

The peppery kick and free flowing juices in both the meat and meat and potato may take some adjusting to if you’re unfamiliar. A spicy, messy, fiery affair with the meat pie in particular likely to result in hot molten jelly spitting out over you the second you tip the pie up to put it into your mouth. 


An absolute gastronomic treat, and I have subsequently been back following completion of the book to inspect and check that it wasn’t a one off, and I’m delighted to report that it wasn’t (and I’ve ruined the sleeve of another jumper due to dripping juice)

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 www.lifeofpies.co.uk/buy

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

No.35 Thomas Bakery of Ulverston

No.36 Thomas of Malmesbury Steak and Stilton

No.37 Yorkes Peppered Steak

No.38 Glovers Butter Pie

No.39 Pound Bakery Chicken Chip Shop Curry Pie