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Where to Eat: Pie in Manchester

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Nowt’ says Manchester quite like a proper decent pie, get your hearty shortcrust goods here…

The Barking Dog

9a Higher Road, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9AB

The humble pie is king of the pub grub, so where better place to enjoy one than in a Manchester local. Head to Urmston and visit The Barking Dog, famous for its Sunday Roast Pie and other variations available the entire week through. As its name might suggest dogs are welcome here at The Barking Dog, making it a perfect stop off after a day out on Urmston Meadows or a walk along the River Mersey.

On the menu you have the classics; steak and ale and chicken and mushroom. You can’t go wrong with those. However, you might want to push the boat out a little bit and try a curry pie (which is exactly what it says on the tin) or a vegan spiced Moroccan lentil pie! The curry pie comes with rice and potato wedges, but you’re welcome to choose two sides with any of the other pies on the menu. If you don’t order mushy peas and mash, however, we will judge you from afar. As with any respectable Northern pie, you’ll get a solo gravy boat along with your meal – there’s no sharing where gravy’s involved.

Best of the rest:

1 - 2 The Hive, 47 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN

What? Pie and a pint - simple, tasty and great on a lunch time.

Where? Hidden away down a side street in the Northern Quarter.

Why? The place is unashamedly non-fine dining, a great spot for a quick bite to eat and to satisfy that pie craving. They have 6 regularly changing cask ales and sell both savoury and dessert pies!


33 Wallgate, Wigan, WN1 1BE (and many other locations)

What? Arguably the best pie shop in the UK’s capital of pies.

Where? Ok, so this is in Wigan, not Manchester. But it deserves a mention and realistically you can get to Wigan within about an hour from MCR. And Galloways is just by the train station, so you can feasibly get a 40-minute train, buy a pie and head straight back. Honestly, they’re worth it.

Why? Home of the pie barm, (that’s a pie sandwich to anyone who doesn’t know), Wigan really is considered the home of the pie. This down to earth bakery offers proper decent meat and potato pies. The filing is all mixed into a sort of sludge and encased in a pastry prison, so they’re not the most appetizing of pies, but the residents of Wigan queue right out of the shops for these delicious pies.

Mrs Sarah’s Chop House

52 Cross Street, Manchester, M2 7AR

What? A Historic Manchester pub turned restaurant, formerly Mr Thomas’s Chop House (it was renamed when the owners realised it was run by women for over 30 years – a superb feminist statement).

Where? Behind the central St Ann’s Church, in the same spot it’s been since 1867!

Why? This restaurant is steeped in history and now offers an amazing menu of quality food, as well as beers and cocktails. They don’t have a huge range of pies on offer, but their steak and ale pudding is a must have for the lover of the northern pie.