Pub pies have been given a makeover by the Posh Pasty Company, with a new range of four Posh Pies due to go on sale in St Austell Brewery pubs in Cornwall this month.Founder of the Posh Pasty Company James Strawbridge has worked closely with St Austell Brewery’s Catering and Development Manager Nick Hemming to create the pies which are designed to be best enjoyed in a rustic Cornish pub setting.
The flavours of the four new pies have been chosen to pair perfectly with St Austell Ales, and as with the Posh Pasty Company’s pasties, which have recently hit the shelves of Selfridges, focus on using the very best local Cornish produce.
The flagship Posh Pie is the Eden Pale Ale and Steak, which is made with beef sourced from Kittows of Fowey and Charlie Harris’ Tywardreath Butchers, and St Austell Brewery’s Eden Pale Ale – the beer which is also best to be drunk with it.
Also on the menu is a Gamekeeper’s Pie using venison, rabbit and pheasant with red wine, smoked bacon, roasted garlic and celeriac with rosemary pastry, best served with HSD or Admiral’s Ale; a free range chicken and chorizo pie with sunblushed tomatoes and lemon with coriander pastry which pairs perfectly with Proper Job; and a vegetarian sweet potato, lentil, spinach and Cornish Fenugreek Gouda pie with turmeric pastry that’s ideally enjoyed with a bottle of Clouded Yellow.
All of the Posh Pasty Company’s pies and pasties are developed in their Pasty Shack at Bumblebee Farm on the South Coast of Cornwall and produced at the award-winning Crantock Bakery in Indian Queens.
The Posh Pasty Company has a long-standing relationship with St Austell Brewery, having featured the Brewery’s 1913 Cornish Stout in their first ever pasty, which is now Gold Award winning.
Founder of the company James Strawbridge explained: “After making the 1913 pasty, we were keen to experiment with other beers and so we approached Nick Hemming about creating a Brazilian World Cup pasty, which uses St Austell Brewery’s Clouded Yellow ale with Primrose Herd pork for its spiced undertones. We then started talking about pies, and asked Nick which beer he thought would work best – Tribute has already been done, and Proper Job was a little too strong, but Eden Pale Ale worked perfectly.
“Working on the new range has been really exciting – a phrase we’ve been using is ‘the pie is nigh’, as we really do feel like this redevelopment of the classic pie is going to turn it into a star dish on pub menus across the county. With our pasties now being sold in Selfridges, we’ll also be looking at getting the pies out to more stockists, and I’ll be continuing to work with Nick giving joint cookery demonstrations at food festivals throughout the summer.”
The Posh Pies will be on sale from Monday 21 July at six of St Austell Brewery’s pubs; the Old Custom House in Padstow, the Oystercatcher in Polzeath, The Port William at Trebarwith Strand, the Old Success at Sennen Cove, the Harbour Inn in Porthleven and the St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre in St Austell.
St Austell Brewery’s Catering and Development Manager Nick Hemming said: “Pies are a great classic pub dish which we felt were well overdue a revival. The pies not only have great flavours, but also look the part – they’ve been given a Cornish twist with pasty-style crimping around the edges, and will be served in sustainably designed biodegradable wooden cases.
“Customers demand quality food and excellent accommodation in our pubs, so we are constantly working to provide menus which will showcase the best local and seasonal produce across our estate of pubs and inns in the South West.”
To find out more about the new pies, please visit http://c0740194.myzen.co.uk/products/pies/