Two floors of pie heaven overlooking the Corn Exchange in Leeds. Pieminister invites pie-lovers to come in and feast on a range of award-winning dishes, topped off with a fine selection of puddings and ice creams. You’ll also find fabulous craft ales, ciders and cocktails – all served up in the coolest, contemporary venue in Leeds. A good atmosphere and bloomin’ good pies – thank us later!
Cool, quirky decor with ‘punny’ pie reminders at every opportunity. Neon pie puns decorate the staircase and pie-inspired graffiti sprawls the walls – the place is packed with reminders of where you are and what you’re eating – and we love it. With warehouse-style interiors, it’s trendy, tasteful and takes pie-loving very seriously – in a fun-loving way, of course.
To accompany the perfect pie experience, you’re going to need a pint – or a cocktail for that matter. They’ve got that covered too. There’s a wide selection of cocktails – I go for the gin-infused ‘Gone with the Gin’, a punchy mix of homemade ginger beer, gin, elderflower and fresh lime (£7.95). My dinner date goes traditional. He pairs his pie with a pint. The in-house craft ale to be exact, Pie P.A – a Pieminister speciality brew (£4.80). It’s delicious – and it takes the ‘pint and a pie’ concept from a half-time refreshment at the football ground to a cool, city-centre Friday evening hang out. It’s got a new image – a new concept – it’s contemporary and it has class.
Like me, you might be extremely indecisive when it comes to ordering food, particularly when the menu is packed with such good food. At Pieminister, that’s not a problem. They’ve done the hard work for you. With a selection of meal deal options, the menu helps you find exactly what you’re looking for. Our bright and bubbly waitress runs through the menu and we’re off.
Just pick out your preferred ingredients and it’s pretty simple. Although I must admit, as I make up my mind I’m already deciding what I’ll be having ‘next time’. A British beef steak, chorizo, olive and butter bean pie – where else will you find such exciting flavours packed into a perfect pastry? There’s also a full gluten free menu and ‘while you wait’ nibbles, suiting everyone – from those who like to pick while they decide to those with allergies.
We can’t resist the ‘while you wait’ nibbles, so pick at some free range pigs in blankets (£3.50) while we decide. They come coated in honey, mustard and thyme. Originally a special over the Christmas period, they were added to the menu permanently after proving so popular with pie-diners.
For the main event, we both opt for ‘The Feast’ deal. At a very reasonable £10, diners can choose any classic pie, two sides and one stick (to ‘pimp your pie’). Any meal can win me over with a bit of cheese, but I can honestly say, the ‘Moo & Blue’ pie is something else. Creamy, cheesy and just simply divine. A perfect pie packed with British beef steak and Long Clawson stilton cheese. A side of smoky baked beans, Pieminister slaw and a grilled halloumi stick seal the deal. My pie-loving pal goes for the ‘Funghi Chicken’, a pastry filled with free range British chicken and a mix of portobello and chestnut mushrooms – with sides of skin on fries and creamy mash – topped with an onion ring stick.
If we haven’t already gone ‘all out’ in the pie department… then comes dessert. And for the occasion, we just have to go with a pie-inspired dish. The ‘Glastonbury Mud Ice Cream Pie’ (£5) comes coated in meringue, chocolate sauce and almonds for a bit of crunch.
It really sweetens the deal and we leave with happy, smiling, pie-filled faces.