burchalls1‘Tis a shameful admission but I worked in St Helens for three years and parked up around the back of this place with no knowledge it was actually there. But maybe that’s a deliberate thing, as it is an understated institution where the locals furtively enter with a knowing nod. 

Even as you walk past, it can be difficult to ascertain that there are top notch pastry products being served up in here as it is eeriely quiet, unless the infamous army of pensioners with their Tupperware boxes happen to be queuing out of the door. 

Walk in and you’ll find an extensive meat counter with the pies hidden at the end. That’s if there are any pies on the shelves at all. The usual scenario here is that the pies are lifted out of the oven and straight into the palm of eager hands.

They only sell one pie, a pork pie – but oh what a specimen! Eating one of these is an art form. Still warm from the oven, they are lovely eaten by hand but you may need the insurance of a plate underneath as the fiery molten lava of jelly within looks to make good it’s escape all over your chin and clothing.

If you fail to keep this pie upright at all times, you WILL encounter spillage but with a plate underneath you can dab the succulent and peppery pork meat into the fresh, runny jelly which combine to make a fantastic culinary concoction.


So get their early, queue all the way around the shop, until eventually they bring out a tray with a pie that has got your name on it, and then nip across the road to Wardleworths bookshops where “Life of Pies” is on sale.

Like a Burchalls pork pie, I’m hardly subtle…..

There’s another 314 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

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

No.44 Jesse Smith Pork Pie

No.45 NZ Gourmet Steak & Cheese Pie

No.46 The half and half pie

No.47 Greenhalghs Steak and Ale Pie

No.48 Lord of the Pies Stockport Pie