Updated: 12/09/2013 15:45 | By Craig Butcher and Neil Davey, senior editor, MSN Food and contributor, MSN Food
Top 10 British pies (and where to try them)

With the Great British Bake Off contestants trying their hands at making pies, we suggest an altogether easier way...



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With the Great British Bake Off contestants set to try their hand at making pies and tarts on tonight's episode, we've an altogether easier suggestion - let someone else do it for you.

Yes, while we love a great homemade pie, sometimes rolling out the pastry crust can be a bit too much of a faff.

And with the nip of autumn in the air, why not step aside and let a chef at one of these 10 venues make a pie for you instead?

Here are some of the best pies available in the UK and where to go to sample them. Mmmm...

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28Comments
10/09/2013 18:09
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Greggs come off it pasies are naff and the pies are full of gravy and not much meat.they have nearly doubled in price over the last 18 month and shrunk by a third in size.

10/09/2013 19:05
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The North is the home of the pie. Where are the true pies here? And Greggs? If you think they do good pasties or pies, then you have truly never set foot in any Lancashire town. 

11/09/2013 07:52
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I agree with Lord of Pies and Justjools. I 1958 I went to work in Burnley and while there was treated to Lancashire Potato Pie. Ten pounds of potatoes one onion and a quarter pound of minced meat cooked under a pastry crust in an enamel washing up bowl. Absolutely scrumptious. I wish I had the recipe but where can an enamel bowl be found these days
11/09/2013 00:43
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What ever happened to good home cooked food
11/09/2013 09:47
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If a pie is deconstructed then it aint a bloody pie is it.......
15/01/2014 16:32
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Co Durham, Why not try the best handmade pies & pasties in the North East

The best pastry, and fresh fillings, "O" and thay keep selling out of pork pies, dont take my word for it

go try for your self 

11/09/2013 01:00
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You might want to review your reviews. Anthony's in Leeds went into administration in June!
11/09/2013 07:38
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My late wife was French and had the traditional  Gallic scorn for English cooking BUT when on our travels we passed through Luton Airport she would make a beeline for M&S Food and empty the shelves of as many of their Mini Pork Pies as she could carry on to the plane. It was a case of Paté en Croute look to your laurels these are better!
11/09/2013 08:02
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THERE IS A NORTH SOUTH DIVIDE, THE GREGGS IN THE N.E. FOOD IS MUCH BETTER THAN THE STUFF THEY DISH UP IN THE SOUTH   AND I LIVE IN THE SAFF  
29/10/2013 23:07
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Sorry but someone needs to go to the land of the pie - Wigan
11/09/2013 11:32
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Hollands cheese and onion and potato pies and steak puddings were things that dreams were made owere a joy f,since they became available everywhere,they seem to have gone downhill .McNallys pies in Chorley were a joy as were Joe Halls pies,sadly no longer available
10/09/2013 18:19
19/09/2013 15:12
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In all the year's I've been baking 30 years now its been mainly in and around Lancashire only one bakery that make's fantastic product's to give the customer a truly flavoured product.
Producing Pie's the traditional way with the finest meat's no crap, over the year's i have seen a change in bakery recipe's to accommodate the increase in ingredients cost against my beliefs.
If a product is of excellent quality at a fair price then this bakery will sustain a healthy growth through out.
Produce average products at cheap prices then you will be just like the rest.
 **************************** So Stand out with Excellence and they will come.*********************

So you all want to know where the bakery is that I've discovered.


11/09/2013 11:20
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Stop bull****ting about Pies.  A pie is a pie.  It can't be deconstructed or ponced about with in any other manner.  Pies in the south are just as good as pies in the north, it depends where you get your pie.  Tesco value, or Gregg's etc. then it will be pretty ordinary.

 

God bless the great British pie.

11/09/2013 21:59
11/09/2013 17:28
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Greggs? The poor man's Sayers? Aint MSN even heard of Sayers?
11/09/2013 15:42
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you all might like to try the best, though expensive - Limetree Pantry's Game and red wine! Beat that..
11/09/2013 12:22
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wilsons pies of manchester carrs pies and pastys of bolton
11/09/2013 15:37
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i made solumbu a turd pie once, it smellt reely good 
11/09/2013 17:49
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Once again an opportunity to comment on something of such banality. Maybe Wills and Harry should open a pie shop to celebrate all the people their family's grasp on power has destroyed. Doubt if they can cook though or do much else for that matter
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