When you’re feeling hungry after a busy day of Christmas shopping, Pieminister festive pies are the perfect answer!
At the end of a long day of Christmas shopping, you’ll probably feel like you need to rest and refuel. So when Mark and I spent a day Christmas shopping in Birmingham recently, popping into Pieminister was a great way to round off the day.
I was already a fan of their Sunday Best offering which I reviewed here on the blog recently. But I was very keen to try out the festive range of pies in their Birmingham restaurant.
The restaurant is in a great location on Wellington Street in Birmingham city centre, just a few minutes’ walk from New Street Station and the main shopping areas.
So at Christmas time, that means that it’s also just a short walk from the Frankfurt Christmas market and all of the other festivities in the city.
Mark and I worked up an appetite by ticking off our Christmas shopping list, and then headed over to Pieminister late on Sunday afternoon.
Pieminister have been making their delicious pies in Bristol for 15 years. You might have tried Pieminister’s range of pies in one of their restaurants and pie cafes across England and Wales. But if you’re not near a Pieminister restaurant, you can also find them in stores and delis across the country.
The standard Pieminister menu contains options for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. And they also cater for gluten-free and vegan diets.
But we were there to try out the festive offering, and what a fab offering it is!
There are five pies on the festive menu, which include three pies for meat-eaters and a vegetarian option. There’s also the brilliantly named Deep & Crisp & Vegan – I just love Pieminister’s pie names!
And Pieminister have two different Christmas menu offers. Between 12pm and 3pm, you can order the Christmas Lunch, which includes a pie, two sides, a stick (like their yummy pigs in blankets) and a pudding. It’s great value at £15, and you can add a glass of fizz for an additional £3.
And the Christmas Feast includes everything in the Christmas Lunch plus a starter. It is available all day and costs £18 or £21 with a glass of fizz.
We decided to go for the Sunday Best menu again, because we enjoyed it so much. It features a Pieminister pie sitting on a bed of mashed potato, topped with a yorkshire pudding, carrot mash, roast potatoes, a pig in a blanket and a piece of pork crackling. Plus a jug of gravy to top it all off. Phew!
I decided to go for The Cracker The pie’s crisp pastry is filled with chunks of turkey and ham, cranberries, parsnips and a creamy sherry sauce.
It’s a great way to bring all of the main flavours of a Christmas dinner into a pie, and the Sunday Best toppings completed the dish perfectly. My pie came with a jug of chicken gravy alongside to finish it all off. You can even pay for unlimited gravy if you feel you need more!
Meanwhile, Mark had chosen the Deer Santa pie. You can probably guess that this pie has a venison filling, and it also contains bacon, red wine and green lentils.
With the rich gravy poured over the top, Mark’s dinner looked really tempting. So tempting, in fact, that I dived in with my fork for a taste of the pie filling. The red wine sauce was really rich and delicious, and there was plenty of oieces of tender venison inside.
And you don’t have to miss out on the festive delights if you’re not near a Pieminister restaurant. Because you can buy the festive pies in your local Pieminister stockist. Since our visit we’ve tried the MistleMoo pie, full of chunks of beef steak in a luscious bacon and port sauce, and the fabulous vegetarian Christingle pie.
The filling in that pie contains sweet pieces of honey roast parsnip and chestnuts in a satisfyingly creamy leek and cheddar cheese sauce.
Somehow, we managed to save room for pudding. And although I was really tempted to try Pieminister’s Hot Chocolate pudding, we both decided to finish our meal with an ice-cream sundae.
So Mark decided to go for the Apple Pie sundae – yes, that’s the same pudding that he had on our previous visit. But it just goes to show how delicious the combination of soft vanilla ice cream, apple, salted caramel sauce and sweet pie crumb is.
And I picked Pieminister’s festive sundae, the Mince Pie. This time, the vanilla ice cream is combined with home made mincemeat and topped with a biscuit star. The mincemeat is sweet and subtly spicy, and packed full of juicy vine fruit. It made for a perfect finale to my Pieminister Christmas feast.
Our Christmas dinner at Pieminister was the perfect end to a day of pre-Christmas shopping and festivities. And full of Pieminister Christmas cheer, we went home feeling fabulously festive!
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