23 January is National Pie Day, which means it’s time to grab an umbrella and embark on a journey of freshly baked crusts…
In this National Pie Day North East round-up, we invite you to savour the essence of this beloved occasion as we explore the world of pies in all its flaky, creamy and savoury glory.
Here are a few places to enjoy this mid-week treat…
Dobson & Parnell
After opening in 2016, Dobson & Parnell quickly became one of the city’s finest gems to dine in. The restaurant, near Newcastle’s magnificent Quayside, boasts key Victorian features in honour of the Victorian architects John Dobson and William Parnell.
Dobson & Parnell’s ‘Yorkshire Game Pie’ takes its place on the A La Carte menu and is a modern spin on a traditional British dish. A combination of game meats is layered inside a pastry crust and baked until golden brown and served with roasted apple, salsify and apple ketchup to provide the perfect balance of sweet and savoury. A must-try for National Pie Day in the North East, if you ask us!
The Impeccable Pig
The Impeccable Pig in Sedgefield serves bistro-styled food and prides itself on good, honest ingredients. A light and cosy restaurant with an extensive wine list isn’t the only reason they make our list.
Their signature ‘Impeccable Cottage Pie’ takes a timeless classic and infuses it with an elegant and modern style. This may not be the typical ‘pie’ you had in mind when reading this list, but we feel it had to be included.
With rooster potato and Croxton manor cheddar crust accompanied by roasted roots and gravy, this dish is quite simply, impeccable.
The Broad Chare
We couldn’t make this list without including a pork pie, could we? Well, that’s exactly what The Broad Chare in Newcastle offers. A cosy bar located on the quayside, The Broad Chare has the feel of a traditional ale-house with a fresh modern touch.
Serving proper food and proper beer, their bar snack menu will offer a nice nibble whilst you enjoy one of the many drinks they have on offer. For our list, we could not ignore the ‘Hand Raised Pork Pie’ for a taste of tradition.
Their own-label house ale “The Writer’s Block” is a lovely dry-hopped pale ale designed to accompany their famous bar snacks. No matter what you’re drinking, be sure to try one of these pork pies at the Broad Chare.
The Blackbird Ponteland
The Blackbird is a cosy and comfortable country pub that used to be Ponteland Castle in 1388. This makes it one of the most historic buildings on our list.
In 1597, the old castle was rebuilt as a manor house by Mark Errington, and it stayed in his family for 200 years. The building was then turned into an eatery and in 1935, restoration works were carried out. They discovered an ancient tower, a beautiful Tudor fireplace and many other ancient objects that can still be seen today.
This country pub makes our list for their ‘Steak & Ale Pie’. Served with new potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy, this pub classic ought to be enjoyed. The kitchen combines rustic country pub favourites with a contemporary twist for a divine finish. Don’t forget to visit this historic eatery on this National Pie Day in the North East.
Adam and Eve
Located high up in Northumberland, Adam and Eve is a neighbourhood public house in Alnwick. They are showcasing the quality of Northumberland’s produce by offering local farm-to-table inspired food.
The A La Carte menu features a ‘Chicken & Leek Pie’ main, served with tarragon potato puree and heritage carrots. This dish had to make our list, not only for its quality but for its heritage. A sense of community resonates with every dish at Adam and Eve which is why it is a must-visit.
Whether you wind back in their cosy restaurant or take a seat in their beautiful garden area, enjoy the freshness of their menu at Adam and Eve.
The Curious Mr Fox
Opening in 2021, The Curious Mr Fox is one of Durham’s most popular spots for a premium dining and drinking experience. Three old properties make up a multi-themed venue set on the edge of Framwellgate Bridge. Their two main dining rooms, the oyster room and the floral-themed ivy room offer views of Durham’s historical Cathedral.
The stunning views couple with the mouth-watering menu to ensure guests receive a luxurious dining experience.
Another classical pie makes our list with The Curious Mr Fox’s ‘Steak and Ale Pie’. The temperatures may be plummeting at the moment, but this dish will be sure to warm you up. Pair it with mash, seasonal veg and gravy. Delicious!
The Park Head Hotel and Restaurant
The Park Head Hotel and Restaurant in Bishop Auckland reopened its doors in February 2023 after extensive renovations by the Auckland Project. Now, The Park Head boasts its Oak Room restaurant for a fine dining experience.
Serving timeless classics, produce is local and most of it comes from the Walled Garden at Auckland Castle. Their ‘Chicken and Mushroom Pie’ caught our eye with its locally sourced ingredients. Succulent chicken breast and sauteed mushrooms in a garlic and parsley white sauce make a mouth-watering filling. Served with sauteed greens and your choice of mashed potatoes or chips as a side you won’t be left hungry.
What makes The Park Head even more special and why they make our list is their vegetarian option. Their ‘Wild Mushroom and Blue Cheese Pie’ means you don’t have to eat meat to indulge in a pie.
The Farmhouse Wine & Dine
Coxhoe is a small village located on the outskirts of Durham and home to The Farmhouse, a cosy village restaurant. With authentic Italian dishes and other delicious cuisines, The Farmhouse offers something for everybody.
Their wide-ranging menu includes a ‘Beef and Guinness Pie’, which has a slow-cooked shin beef filling with a shortcrust lid. The beef is sure to melt in your mouth with the Guinness gravy offering a classical rich flavour.
The dish comes with a choice of chunky chips, fries, roast new potatoes, house salad or vegetable selection, so once again, the possibilities are endless.
Located at the heart of the quayside, we couldn’t miss Red House off our list, especially when their slogan is ‘pies and ale’.
A Grade II listed building is an ideal location for exposed wooden beams and roaring fires to give you a timeless feel. Couple it with a selection of beers and pies and you’ve got a fantastic spot to relax in.
Their ‘make it your way’ menu gives guests an extensive selection of pie fillings. This customisable option allows for a more tailored experience rather than limited choice. Local suppliers, Pink Lane Bakery, craft their handmade quality pies.
Northumbrian meats, fresh stocks and perfectly prepared pastry combine to create the pie your way.
Red House has a selection of inventive vegan and vegetarian fillings, so there is something for everyone to indulge in. They even offer daily gluten-free options. If you’re on the hunt for a pie on this National Pie Day in the North East, Red House has to be on your list.