A good pie is the ultimate comfort food. Crisp pastry, concealing a delicious, hearty filling, all sat on top of a cloud of creamy mash and drizzled with unctuous gravy. The new Pieminister in Birmingham promises all of this and more. I was invited down this week to see whether they lived up to my pie expectations.
The restaurant is in a brilliant location on Waterloo Street, with views across to Victoria Square and Council House.
The interior is a quirky mix of industrial styling and retro furniture; the staff are friendly, welcoming and fun.
The menu is varied, with plenty of pie options, including veggie pies, gluten free options and a summer specials menu. On the drinks menu, there’s a focus on craft beer and fresh coffee. Pieminister even brew their own IPA – affectionately called, PiePA – which I of course had to try.
This went down a treat with a starter of pork scratchings and apple sauce. The scratchings were super crunchy, old fashioned style: strong teeth needed! Great flavour though, especially when paired with the citrussy PiePA.
For mains, there were a few options here. The classic pie meal is the cheapest, where your pie comes with mash and either gravy or slaw; the Mothership comes with all that, plus minty mushy peas and a cheddar and crispy onion topping; the Feast comes with sides and a stick; then finally, the Stick ’em Up comes with 1 side and 3 sticks.
I’d been given two vouchers for classic pie meals, but we decided to upgrade to the Feast. I went for the Deer Stalker: British venison, bacon and green lentils in a rich red wine sauce. Ste opted for the Matador: British beef steak, chorizo, olive and butter beans. We both went for a pigs in blankets stick, while I had minty mushy peas for my side and Ste had slaw.
I can’t deny it, this was one good looking pie! I really liked the presentation, and how the sides and gravy were presented separately so you could have your pie exactly as you want it.
The Deer Stalker was absolutely delicious. There was tonnes of venison in there, tender green lentils and a rib sticking sauce. The pastry was crisp all the way around too, no soggy bottoms in sight!
The minty mushy peas were great too, with a lovely texture and lots of refreshing mint.
Ste also really enjoyed his Matador pie, with spicy chorizo and creamy beans. He’s fussy when it comes to pastry, as he hates it when it goes soggy, so the fact that he finished every bit is testament to the quality.
The slaw was a lovely side too, with plenty of crunchy vegetables and some seeds.
Now, you’d think after all that pastry there’d be no room for dessert, but, I dutifully had a pudding in the spirit of giving the fullest review possible… oh who am I kidding, I just couldn’t resist getting stuck into this Glastonbury Mud Pie!
It tasted as good as it looked, with a chocolate cake base, loads of ice cream, light-as-air chocolate meringue, toasted almonds and thick, sticky chocolate sauce.
Ste went for the hot chocolate pudding with ice cream, which had a molten centre of nutty chocolate sauce.
Our bill came to £41.80 for everything, including my PiePA and a large sparkling water. I had my classic meal vouchers from Pieminister which took two lots of £7.50 off the bill, leaving us paying just £26.80 – bargain!
We literally had to roll back to the car after this, so if you’re after a tasty, filling meal and good service in a casual but lovely location, Pieminister has everything you want.
My classic meal vouchers were provided by Pieminister, many thanks to the team there. The remainder of the bill was paid in full by me. The staff were not aware that I was reviewing my meal, they were simply lovely anyway, and my opinions are, as always, my own. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review.