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British Pie Week: 5 Pastry-Covered Methods of Celebration

By Christian Rose-Day (04 Mar 13)
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The crumbling crust of flaky pastry will this week grace many a UK plate as we plunge our knives and forks into a gravy-soaked, 7-day celebration of the humble British pie; welcome to British Pie Week.

This is your chance to experience one of British cuisines finer attributes and, with the coming of Spring, the chill in London's air ever is so slightly warming, and there is no more poignant time to order a hearty steak and kidney pie, beef and ale pie, chicken and mushroom pie, or vegetarian pie to warm your hard working cockles.

Here are 5 of London's best restaurants for booking your British Pie Week experience.

The British Pie Week offer for shoppers and art lovers

Spring is here, summer is not far behind, your wardrobe is looking out dated and you're in need of some retail refreshment. Where do you head? Soho? The West End? Mayfair? All of the above? The Terrace AA Rosette restaurant on Piccadilly is a posh lunch stop off for those with a penchant for carrying big name brand bags around central London; and for those who love a spot of high class culture, what with the Royal Academy of Arts right next door to the restaurant. The super dooper offer for British Pie Week - click here to check out the menu - is £25pp which gets you a 3-course pie-tastic menu (it's ALL pie) plus a pint of Meantime local ale or stout. Get in quick though, places are booking fast.


The British Pie Week offer for tourists

Being a mere pie's throw from the grand steps of St Paul's Cathedral and the London Stock Exchange, the Paternoster Chop House restaurant makes a lovely mid-afternoon stop off point for a British pie. This is particularly true as Paternoster Chop House has an excellent offer that can see you tucking into a creamy fish pie or Lancashire hotpot pint AND a thirst-quenching pint of Brakspear's Oxford Gold beer all for the meagre sum of £10.50. Get booking!

The British Pie Week offer for people who cant resist the lure of a new London restaurant

The title says it all really. If you're one those strong-willed Londoners who takes satisfaction from juxtaposing the tradition of a British pie with the new newness of a brand new London restaurant, then The Factory House restaurant in the City of London is your pie haven for British Pie Week. This restaurant is barely a few months old so you can be the first amongst your friends to give it the thumbs up or thumbs down when you book a lunchtime pie of Char-grilled chicken, ham hock and leek for only £15. Yum.


The British Pie Week offer for City workers

You there, you in the suit or tailored skirt. You sir and you madam need to remove the shackles that have you chained to that desk in the City of London and take a wander through Leadenhall Market and over to The City Flogger bar near Fenchurch Street because there waiting for you is a home-made pie filled with chicken breast and ham, seasoned with tarragon, and served with mixed leaves and hot buttered potatoes for only £13.95. Now, doesn't that sound like an offer that is too alluring to keep you working through lunch?

The British Pie Week offer for film lovers, oenophiles, astronomers and maritime enthusiasts

The best British Pie Week offer in south London comes courtesy of Davy's Wine Vaults in Greenwich where you can book a table to relieve Davy's of one pie and one pint of ale or lager for only £9.95. With over 100 wines on file, many of which are by the glass, plus the close proximity of the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark, and the Greenwich Picturehouse cinema, this is the British Pie Week offer for a variety of pie-enthusiasts.

Pie image courtesy of Flickr user Shishberg (Share Alike).

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