A Short Note on Pies

We had a bit of a mixed day yesterday – got off to a good start but ground to a halt on the Doncaster bypass. Got lost trying to get round it, more queues near York then made the mistake of relying on the satnav in Whitby. Switched it off, engaged brain and ended up in a parking space directly outside Mrs Botham’s tearooms.

Those of you who have been there before will know that the banner isn’t outside the teashop, it’s outside the bakery/cafe as you leave town for Scarborough. There’s a reason for this – mainly a queue in the tearoom and the realisation that we were going to be waiting ages.

We didn’t have to wait as long at the cafe, though it has to be said that the crab sandwiches at the tearoom would have been better than the prawn sandwich at the cafe. Julia’s decision to ask for salad proved to be a bad one as the onion swamped the flavour and the beetroot had no place in a sandwich. Beetroot, in fact, has no place in civilised society. Vile purple abomination.

We selected some pies – two for lunch and two for lunch next day (which was today).

We ate the standards pies for lunch and can report crispy crusts, flavourful fillings, excellent jelly, great texture and spiciness and an all round great eating experience. I’m a great fan of Mrs Botham’s pies.

The pork and apple pies we had today were crispy and well flavoured but had too much stewed apple in them. They could have used more texture and a little more acidity in the apple. And more meat in the pie.

I wasn’t as keen on the pork and apple.

But I preferred the pork and apple pie to the prawn and salad sandwich.

Beetroot, carrot, red onion, cucumber, sweetcorn, tomato, lettuce…

Not many prawns and a distinct tang of salad cream.

Basically it was a salad sandwich with a couple of prawns thrown in.

Pies good.

Sandwich not so good.

21 thoughts on “A Short Note on Pies

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  4. beatingthebounds

    Hmmmmm pies. I’m with Tootlepedal, can’t agree about the beetroot. Now, pie and beetroot, now you’re really talking.

      1. Donnalee

        And the price…? Can you make a guess as to how much those ones I used to eat have gone up to, to give me an idea of how the cost of living has gone up?

      2. Donnalee

        I wasn’t sure if you’d forgotten–I don’t want to be pesky, but that kind of price isn’t bad, if it’s not utter crap.

      3. Donnalee

        As I said, they may have been something like 58 p in 1989–not exactly 60, I don’t think, and certainly not like 23–

  5. Laurie Graves

    Glad the pies we’re good. That counts for a lot. As for onions in any kind of seafood salad… makes this Mainer shudder. Onion will always bully the delicate seafood.

  6. jfwknifton

    I suppose putting apple in the pie is cheaper than using lots of meat. It sounds like sacrilege but I don’t think you can easily beat a Pukka pie now they’ve cut down the fat content.


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