jessesmith1Cirencester is one of those places that, no matter whether you live there or not, you just have to adopt a West Country accent to say it. When I came here, I was initially looking for a Halls Bakery within the castle walks but I simply couldn’t find it. Parked on double yellows running around in the pissing rain like a drowned rat. How dare the Romans not provide multi storey short stay (preferably free) parking in their 9th century settlements?

I didn’t have the best experience here let’s say. However, I was met by a vision of inspiration in the form of Jesse Smiths Butchers. It wasn’t on my list but gained ingress to the hallowed halls of my forthcoming periodical by virtue of appearing when I couldn’t find what I was actually looking for. Bonus!

Containing a fine range of russet coloured pies including an exotic sounding lamb and apricot, I opted for the mystifying Wychwood Pork Pie. My brain possibly got a little confused as I associate Wychwood with cider but in any case what I uncovered consisted of fine, cured pork pie and a large, well filled casing full of juicy, rich sausage meat served by a chap with a handlebar moustache.

Actually I’m not sure about the last bit but if your name is Jesse and you’re a chap, surely you should have some form of extravagant facial hair.


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You’ll receive it 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

No.42 Clarks of Bristol

No.43 Mobberley Village Bakery