It’s time for pie! Stockport has some old-school selling points that make it worth the short trip from central Manchester. On the gastronomical side of this is its gourmet handmade pie paradise, Lord of the Pies.
Opened in 2011 (with a second branch now in Chorlton) this modest-sized café/deli has proved such a hit that hungry pastry hunters often spill onto the street outside.
Every time I’ve visited however, fellow pie-fanciers always make an effort to make room and offer up spare seats. Maybe it’s something in the recipe that makes them so friendly.
As for the pies themselves, getting this classic staple right is a notoriously tricky art.
LOTP goes for a foolproof crunchy crown with soft casing, filled with menu mainstays such as pork and cider or pulled chicken Balti.
Seasonal specials like sweet potato and spinach and sweet offerings, such as spiced apple and toffee crumble, mix things up a little. As does the sheer joy of choosing your own flavours of accompanying mashed potato and gravy.
If this isn’t enough to coax you, the business is a regular winner at the annual and very serious British Pie Awards.
Lord of the Pies is the only place to stop for a first-rate pastry fix while exploring Stockport’s old market town atmosphere. To modest eaters and dieters, resistance is unacceptable – surrender to the pie.