You may not have known it existed, you may even believe it doesn’t need to exist, but alas, it’s British Pie Week! And there’s no denying a pie, whether it be filled with pork, blackberry and apple, or even curried chickpeas, is a quintessential British staple which most brits would list as an ideal comfort food. With three major Universities in Leeds, a Premier League football stadium and office workers looking for a handy on-the-go snack, as you can imagine, the demand for pies in Leeds never seems to waver, and probably never will. With the help of independent bakeries and butchers, a new variation of the humble pie can be discovered all across Leeds.
Stephensons’ Butchers, Leeds
Originally formed nearly fifty years ago as a small butchers on the outskirts of Leeds, family-run Stephenson’s Butchers is now in its third generation of the founding family, and have now expanded their much-loved produce to specialise in, you guessed it… Pies! Whether it’s a family size steak and ale pie, cheese and onion pie, or even a strawberry and rhubarb crumble pie, Stephenson’s Pies is the place to go! Head to their website to order for delivery, or stop by for a proper browse at their pie counter in the factory.
27 Lower Wortley Rd, Leeds LS12 4RY
Legend has it “in Otley, once you try a Weegmanns pork pie, no other pie will cut the mustard”. Whilst we must remain impartial, Weegmanns makes a convincing argument, with all of their pork pies, as well as steak pies and sausage rolls handmade in the bakery by their highly trained chefs, and using ingredients sourced themselves! But they don’t stop at pork pies, Weegmanns also make a tempting selection of specialty pies, like their ploughman’s pie filled with ham, cheese and pickle. Stop by at Weegmanns in Otley to see if the rumours are true!
4-6 Market Place, Otley, Leeds, LS21 3AQ
Appleton’s Butchers, Wetherby
Originating in Ripon all the way back in 1867, Appleton’s is a traditional pork butcher known for, you guessed it… their pork pies! Wetherby was the perfect location for the second Appleton’s butchers, welcomed with open arms by locals and tourists hoping to get a taste of tradition! Choose from their selection of quality pork and steak pies in smaller snack sizes and larger sizes to last for a week’s worth of family lunches!
51 Market Place, Wetherby LS22 6LN
Bentley’s of Pudsey
Established over 23 years ago, Bentley’s of Pudsey has been serving award-winning fresh meat and pies to the good people of Leeds; their range of fresh meat pies can be found at both their deli, and stocked in Tomlinson’s Farm Shop. But they don’t stop there! If you’re hoping to really go all-out this British Pie Week then you’re in luck, as Bentley’s produce their very own celebration pies, and you wouldn’t be far-off if you immediately thought of a 3-tier pie, because when it comes to celebration pies, anything is possible at Bentley’s!
10 Robin Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 7BN