Ever since we came to England (for those of you who are new, we moved to Manchester on April, you can read more about our story here), we’ve been trying fish and chips, sausage rolls, and of course, pies.
So far, the best pies we had tried were the ones we had at pie minister, but I know that’s not where you can get the best kind of pies in England, so I just couldn’t consider my search successful, until now.
Last Sunday we found Pie and Ale, and I felt kind of stupid knowing that this amazing place serving incredibly good pies was literally 5 minutes away from our flat and we had no idea about it. Also, can you believe they’re associated with Bakerie, aka our favourite wine bar? That just makes it even cooler.
Anyway, Pie and Ale is pretty much that, a restaurant that offers you a great selection of ales (they’re always rotating them so you can rest assured that you’ll always have something new to try!) and an even better selection of pies. We went there last Sunday and it was the best decision we could have made because they serve Sunday roast pie (more on that later).
Let’s start with the ales.
Toni recommended us to get 1/3 of a pint of each so we could get a better taste of what the offer, so that’s what we did! I really liked having the opportunity to taste several of them before committing to a big pint, and that might have to do with the fact that I find it really hard to make a decision, and also with the fact that I love trying a bit of everything everywhere I go. Can’t help it!
We started with the Yipee Pieale and if you know me, you know I loved it just because of the funny name. I’m just that silly and kept repeating it to G for the whole time (this man is really patient, he definitely deserves an award!).
The beer tasted quite nice and it was more of a classic soft ale. If you’re looking for something not as strong and just want to have a pint after work or drink one with your pie, this might be your best go. I really enjoyed it.
This one to me had the most intriguing flavour when I first tried it. I say intriguing because it wasn’t love at first sip but the after taste really made me want a bit more, and then another bit more, and then I saw myself finishing almost the whole glass (and I say almost because G stopped me to try a sip himself!).
The thing it that there’s a flavour behind the first sip that I couldn’t quite get but kept me wanting more, and since it was not as strong as I expected it to be because of its dark colour, I kept sipping and enjoying the fruity aftertaste. Might not have been as light as the Yipee Pieale, but it was still good!
This one was one of the lightest in terms of colour, so I was expecting something even softer than the Yipee Pieale. To my surprise, even though this beer was definitely light, it had a strong and bitter aftertaste that really set it apart from the ales we tried before.
I’m more into sweet flavours and light ales but if you’re up for something bitter and maybe not as fruity, this will be for you!
The taste of this ale is quite similar to the treble cone I just talked about. It’s just as light in colour and taste, but still has a bitter aftertaste. Again, if you don’t like your beer sweet, this one is for you!
This was the biggest surprise of the day. Literally.
This beer was so dark in colour that I was a bit hesitant to try it first fearing it was going to be too strong or too bitter for me, so I made G sip it before I did and tell me how was it.
To my surprise, he enjoyed it instantly, so I knew right away that I needed to try it too!
This beer might not be as light in flavour as the Yipee Pieale (I know I keep comparing all to this one but that’s just my reference point. This one is definitely the best example of how I like my beers!), but it has an amazing liquorice twist at the end that makes it super interesting, and then it’s complemented with a rum aftertaste that differentiates it not only from the other ales we tried this day, but from any other beers we’ve tried before. Just because of that it gets a big thumbs up on my book!
If I had to give my top three, it would be the Yipee Pieale as the first, followed by the Dark Peak, and then the Kir Bier. But I think beers are just a matter of preference and the intention here is to show how many different types and flavours of ales you can get here to experiment. I’m sure you’ll find something to enjoy on your visit!
Now, if you’re not here for the ales, you might be here for the pies, am I right?
Let me start by saying that these pies not only looked amazing from the very first moment they brought them to our table, they also smelled incredibly good, and that’s always a good sign with food!
They have an amazing list of pies, with classic fillings and not so classic ones (hey, they have one called ‘Malaysian chicken satay’!) so they can cater pretty much all preferences (including gluten free and vegetarian) and you can rest assured we’ll be coming back to try more of them (and give you my opinion on Insta, duh!)
They should have called this one ‘perfection in a pie’ and it would have been an even more accurate description, because that’s what it tasted like to me.
I’ll start from the top (literally) by saying that these were the creamiest mashed potatoes I’ve ever tried. So amazingly good, and when complemented with the gravy were TO DIE FOR. I know this might sound stupid but I’m not exaggerating when I say that I enjoyed everything I tried.
The gravy itself was delightful and full of flavour, reminded me of the tasty gravy we had at Waldorf, in the sense that it was kinda thick and savoury. It complemented everything perfectly. SO GOOD.
The pie itself was pleasing in every way possible. The cheddar sauce brought the best out of the roasted gammon, and the filling was indeed as tender as they described it on the menu. I wouldn’t change a single thing. Definitely worth trying when you pay them a visit!
Also, the crust was incredibly good as well. Not too thick, not too thin. I cannot find words to describe how much we enjoyed it.
When we searched Pie and Ale on Instagram and G saw that they had this pie, he knew instantly that this was going to be his pie for the day. When they brought it to the table it made so much sense to me, because seems like it has pretty much everything that he would enjoy (and Toni even brought a side of jalapeños for him so he was definitely on a great mood after this lunch).
His lamb was incredibly delicious, tender and savoury. The taste was PERFECT and the pie was the best complement to it.
I also loved the fact that they have either veggie, beef or lamb roast for you to pick, making an emphasis on how much they care to cater everyone’s taste and needs with their pies!
Overall, this foodventure was amazing and words are not enough to describe how good the food was. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that if you enjoy pies, you’ll fall in love at the first bite. Make yourself a favour and pay them a visit next Sunday (if you’re in for the Sunday roast pie, if not, then go any other day, I’m sure it’ll still be epic!).
Pie and Ale is now another restaurant in our list of favourites and I hope that if you try it, you enjoy it as much as we did!
Thanks for reading me again. I hope to see you guys on social media and see your foodventures as well (I love it when you send me pics or tag me on your Instagram shots!). If you want to message me, send me pictures or just see more of what we like to eat, make sure to follow me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat). I’m always trying to post everything we do and eat so you guys can see what G and I are up to.
I’m planning a couple of good foodventures for next week so stay tuned for more!
Talk to you soon.