clarksbristol1Having introduced the original Clarks yesterday, it would be harsh not to give it’s English cousin a bit of air space.

The same day I went to Cardiff, I also weaved my merry way to the Clarks pie shop in the sleepy area of Bedminster  (sorry) in Bristol. Cruising along the A5 past the Severn basin with an army of joggers and cyclists up above, down below and alongside on a glorious wintry day. Past the football ground (City not Rovers) where they have a mobile stand. 

I enter the shop and a man in white overalls is serving meat and veg pies through a small hatch. Nice touch. Don’t mind if I do. This is a surrogate Clarks you see. They are as big in Bristol as they are in Cardiff but at some point a relative moved out of Wales and set up their own franchise. If such a word existed in the 1920’s.

The differences are discernible, there is more potato and onion in the Bristol version and a more defined crimp in the top crust. They’ve also added 50p to the price, although in fairness this time I am paying a “retail” not “wholesale” price. 


The Bristol version is called a Meat and Veg Pie and the Cardiff one…well I bought it off a bloke in a kitchen so I don’t really know. The Bristolian Clarks is again a top notch pie, shaped like a rock cake but filled with meat and as a resident of Wigan, the supposed home of the pie it is truly inspiring to see such traditions and high regard for the humble pastry product in the South West too.

Whereas Pieminster have cornered the top end of the market in this part of the world, for good old fashioned stodgy street food capable of filling up a hungry tummy, Clarks of Bristol again deliver the goods.


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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

No.40 Dawsons Meat and Potato Pie

No.41 Clarks of Cardiff