Heston’s Great British Food & Badger Pies…

Beef & Adnams Pies at The Thatchers

One of the best selling things on the menu at The Thatchers is our pie of the day. We make proper pies, pastry all the way around, usually a shortcrust base and a flaky top. They’re filled with something different everyday, sometimes a classic like steak and kidney or chicken, ham & leek and sometimes more adventurous venison & beetroot or coq au vin. Thanks to our love of pies, a little luck, and a tip off from a good friend of my sisters I was recently lucky enough to spend a day filming with Heston Blumenthal for his latest series ‘Great British Food‘. The first episode on fish & chips (catch up on 4oD) was on last night which has made me even more eager to see the pie episode which I was invited along for, sadly we’ll have to wait until the new year. It was an incredible experience and after the show is screened I may write some more about the day… until then I’m sworn to secrecy!

Before you get too excited about the title of this blog though, I should mention that I have never eaten a badger pie, we have never made one at The Thatchers, and neither (to my knowledge) has Heston. However, Badger Brewery – Hall and Woodhouse have launched a competition “What’s the big pie-dea?” and with all this pie action happening simultaneously it felt like somebody was telling me to write a blog.

Badger aren’t local to East Anglia, but when I’m down on the south coast I love nothing more than popping into the Black Rabbit in Arundel for a pint of Hopping Hare or Tanglefoot. Badger Brewery’s Collectors Edition ale which they produced last year is absolutely stunning and I can’t believe I have managed to leave a bottle of it in my cellar to age for over a year! (It may not last much longer…) Apologies though, I digress. I really wanted to write this blog to bring your attention to their rather generous little competition from a rather talented little brewery…

You could win a prize package that includes having your pie professionally produced and launched as a ‘special’ in selected Hall & Woodhouse public houses next autumn; a two-night beach break for two at The Lulworth Cove Inn, including breakfast and dinner on both nights and exclusive sampling of the winning pie; a VIP brewery tour with Head Brewer, Toby Heasman with lunch at their Visitor Centre; a Badger Countryside Sett gift box; and £200 travel and subsistence. Not bad eh! Oh and the rest of the finalists will win a Badger Countryside Sett gift box and £50 worth of Hall & Woodhouse vouchers.

All you have to do is come up with a stonking pie recipe (which includes one of their delicious ales) by the end of January and enter on their website or through their Facebook page…

What’s your big pie-dea then?

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