Ok, ok, we all know that Wigan is the home of great pies in Greater Manchester – but people in the city need their pies too, and we’re here to give them what they want.
We’re predicting that 2022 is going to be the year of the pie. Two new pie shops already opened last year, and there are two more (that we know of) to come – namely Great North Pie Co, who are moving into KAMPUS, and Ate Days A Week.
There are some traditional pies to be found here and wacky inclusions, too – from pieamisu (half pie, half tiramisu) and piefle (half pie, half trifle), to bottomless pie brunches and more.
Keep reading to discover where to find some of the best pies in the city.
Found down the cobbles close to the recently-closed nightclub Fifth Avenue, is tiny bakehouse Batard. Housed inside co-working space SeeSaw, the team makes all sorts of glorious bakes – from sourdough loaves to basque cheesecakes – but today we’re here to talk about the pies.
From your classic, crimped traditional shortcrust bad boys, to sweet dessert hybrids like their pieamisu and piefle (half pie, half trifle with a baked custard base and sherry-soaked fingers), pie lovers should have a field day.
The Bay Horse Tavern
Nicknamed ‘Horsemoor’ when it reopened thanks to the new interior’s striking resemblance to the Deansgate steakhouse, classic British pub grub is the order of the day at The Bay Horse – pies included.
On the main menu here you’ll find all the classics: steak and ale, cheese and onion, mushroom and leek, and a chicken, bacon and spring cabbage concoction that sounds delicious. All come served with a choice of mash or chips and lashings of gravy.
On the shelves in your supermarkets and available as a sit-down scran in Manchester, Pieminister is – as the name suggests – all about pies.
Pies here come in every shape and form. There’s even a pie bottomless brunch. And for British Pie Week, the team is going all out – serving up the legendary Sunday Best Pie Feast every day.
Simply walk in, order the pie of your choice, and have it piled high with mash, Yorkie puds, carrot and swede mash, baby garlic and kale roasties, pigs in blanket, pork scratchings and heaps of gravy. Perfect.
Ate Days A Week
Known for its top-tier pies and infamous Wigan kebabs, Stockports music-themed pie shop is a must-visit for pie lovers south of the city – especially as it will soon be moving its pies into the city centre and converting the Stockport site into Notion, a deep-south dive bar concept.
Since launching in 2020, the eatery has made quite a name for itself with dishes like Don’t Look Back In Banger and (I Just) Died In Your Barm. It even won an award at the 2021 British Pie Awards with its brilliantly-named Pie of the Tiger.
If it’s sweet pies you’re after, Idle Hands is up there with the absolute best in Manchester. As you can see above, there’s always a hearty selection on – with plenty of choices for vegans as well as veggies.
Think passionfruit cheesecake pie, rhubarb and blood orange pie, butterscotch meringue pie, malted milk brownie pie, key lime, cookie dough, earl grey, Bakewell, and everyone’s favourite, the classic, cherry pie.
Sit in and enjoy a slice at the Northern Quarter cafe, or order a whole pie to your house (no one’s judging, honest).
Pie and Ale
Ex-scaffolder Steve Patel worked in construction for 18 years before venturing into the food world with Vaso Kitchen. Then last year, in the midst of the pandemic, he launched his own pie brand – combining traditional northern pie techniques with flavouring tips and tricks learnt from his Indian dad.
You can find Patel’s Pies at a range of sites across Greater Manchester including at Bernie’s Grocery Store in Heaton Moor, A Taste of Honey in West Didsbury, and at The Butchers Quarter in Northern Quarter.
Great North Pie Co
Winners and now judges at the Great British Pie Awards, multi-award-winning pie favourites Great North Pie Co specialise in classic flavours like Lancashire cheese and onion, roast chicken and mushroom, and 14 hour braised beef.
Set to open up a cafe at KAMPUS in Manchester city centre later this year, for now, you can get their pies by ordering through their online shop or visiting one of their out of town pie cafes.
The bottomless BBQ meat feast with endless pints, cocktails and wine
A restaurant in Manchester is serving up a bottomless BBQ meat feast with non-stop drinks, and we’re just a little bit obsessed.
Red’s True Barbecue has long been a fixture in Manchester for fans of barbecued meats, but now we all have an extra reason to go: namely, the new Christmas BBQ meat feast.
Served on a giant bin lid, which is actually a lot more appetising than it sounds (don’t worry the lid is clean, we checked), it’s designed to be shared between groups of two or four.
As part of the feast, you’ll be treated to heaps on heaps of chicken and pork, plus 90 (or 120) minutes of endless pints, festive cocktails, fizz, and wine.
Priced from £48.95 per person, for that you’ll be treated to pork ribs, pulled pork stuffing balls, turkey breast, cheese and jalapeno stuffed sausages, meat pit beans, unholy BBQ XXXL wings, cornbread, mashed potato, fries, onion rings and giant pots of gravy and cranberry sauce.
And that’s not all. There are also the bottomless drinks to consider, with options including pints of lager and cider, plus prosecco, red and white wine and festive cocktails.
On the festive cocktail front, choices abound with everything from steaming mugs of hot gin and apple to Red’s take on a pornstar martini.
The cocktail menu also features a bacon-washed old fashioned, smoked negroni and chocolate orange espresso martini, with more tempting options including the likes of the Candy Hi Ball (made with raspberry vodka, pink gin, candyfloss, lemon and cotton candy) and a chilli and mango margarita.
How to help in Manchester if you see someone homeless in the freezing cold
Whilst much has been done over the past few years to improve options for people who find themselves homeless in Greater Manchester, it’s still a huge problem – felt especially hard when the temperature drops.
The Met Office has forecast lows of -3 that will last across the weekend into early next week, whilst health officials have told people to put their heating on, despite rising costs. But some don’t even have the option to do that.
In the UK last year, 1,286 people died while homeless according to the Museum of Homelessness (MoH) Dying Homeless Project.
As a general rule, there are no legal protections for people sleeping rough in England. Most councils offer extra beds when temperatures are forecast to drop below 0ºC for three consecutive nights.
Fortunately here in Manchester, there is more support at hand.
What support does Manchester offer homeless people in freezing weather?
Manchester is the first major metropolitan area in the country to promise help as soon as the temperature drops below 0ºC.
Shelters are opened up in and around the city centre as soon as one night of freezing temperatures is forecast, and stay open until temperatures rise back up above zero, giving everyone a warm place to rest.
Accommodation varies from hostel ‘sit up’ spaces to an emergency shelter run by local charity Coffee4Craig for the council, where people are provided with sleeping bags, mats, armchairs and even a TV. And when space runs out in the hostels, people are given a hotel room for the night.
There is also the Mayor’s flagship A Bed Every Night scheme, which looks to offer a bed, hot meal and support for anyone sleeping rough in Greater Manchester at any time of year – regardless of the weather.
What can I do to help someone?
If you’re concerned about someone, you can contact your local authority via one of the numbers below.
Alternatively, you can use this tool to view the services on offer in your area.