grasmere1At last, 50up! This is still under 16% of the pies featured in all their glory in the Life of Pies, magnificent value for under a tenner.

Ahem, anyway towards the end of the book, I started to get a few recommendations coming my way, one in particular came from Mudhutter’s very own Orrible Ives who had recently decamped to rural Lincolnshire.

On a brief reconnaissance back to home turf, I met him in the car park of The Crown Inn at Worthington, itself a fine creator of home baked pies.

Shit just got real. Handing over suspicious packages through car windows on pub car parks. Yes that’s right – a large plate steak and ale pie from one of his local haunts and a large block of Haslet. Whatever that is. It looks like drugs and knowing Ives it probably is.

Turns out haslet is pork meatloaf and this greasy, sweaty little bundle got carved up and slapped straight on my butties in the morning. It is served and eaten cold, as indeed most things appear to be in that neck of the woods presumably because they don’t have microwaves in farmers fields.

Anyway, back to the pie and although Ives is a good mate, a great footballer and legendary raconteur, I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him at times. So when I pulled this bin lid sized pie out of the oven after a good forty minutes and cut into it, only to find the meat looking kind of red-dish, I was left to ponder “what the hell has he given me here”.

He said steak and ale but maybe this was some *other* kind of meat prominent in Lincolnshire, if not Royston Vasey.

A classic Ives prank to send me a pie full of donkey meat or something. Unfortunately, my suspicious nature backfires spectacularly as Ives texts me to ask if I liked it. “yes, the meat was great – what was it?”


The answer was rare Lincolnshire Red Beef, specific to just a handful of farms in the Fenland areas. Yes, I know what an ungrateful bastard I am. I told you, Ives was a top lad!

And with that cleared up, this was a humdinger of a pie with more meat in it than a Desperate Dan cowpie and ridiculously overfilled with premium and indeed rare steak meat. Albeit this was probably a pie to feed a family of four served up with veg and a gravy boat, as I was dining solo no such accompaniment was needed.

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

grasmerehasletHaslet yesterday

Coming soon Numbers 51 – 60  however, I will be tied up on a bit of top secret pie eating business over the next couple of days.

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

No.49 Burchalls Pork Pie