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 of Cardiff to be hit by the sweet aroma of baking and students wheeling shopping trollies back to the supermarket they carried them from on their heads the previous night just to get the quid back.

It’s half nine on a Saturday morning and they only open at ten but it does say to go down the side and ring the bell. Someone’s nicked the bell though so I just wander in. Right in the middle of the kitchen in fact. A big, jolly Welshman confronts me. 

“Can I help you?”

“Yes I’d like a pie”

“Who left that door open?”


“That’s a quid”



And it’s a mountain of a pie for a quid: dark, deep and devious with a dense rock shaped crust and the official CLARPIE stamp on the underside. 

Not sure on the flavour as it mainly seems to consist of mince and no sooner than I have bit into it, I end up with a “Clarks tache” as they call it in these parts with peppery gravy spilling onto my top lip. Hmmmm heavenly.

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

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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

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No. 29 Percy Turner’s Growler

No.30 Hollingworth Bakery

No.31 Greggs Meat and Potato Pie

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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

No.40 Dawsons Meat and Potato Pie