With not being a pie eater, visiting The Piebald Inn – although known for its famous pies – hasn’t been high on my list. However, it has been for my husband. With being in the quaint village of Hunmanby, we thought we’d make the most of the day out, as Hunmanby doesn’t have much to offer, so pie for lunch it was.
Now, The Piebald’s pie menu is quite extensive. I mean, the possibilities for a pie are endless, I guess? Plus they are world famous pies. There’s definitely something for every palette. As well as their famous pies, The Piebald offer a more traditional pub meal menu, with starters, mains and desserts. Including a separate Italian menu and gluten-free options.
As I mentioned, pies aren’t a food that we really consume in our house. However, growing up and even beyond, I used to love nothing more than a nice mincemeat pie, mash potato and lots of gravy. I think I’m fussy with a good ole fashioned steak pie, as I’m not a fan of braising steak/meat. Looking at Piebald’s pie menu, it became clear that I was/am quite fussy with a good chunk of pie ingredients. Alas I finally settled on the
- American Saddle: ground beef, baked beans, onions and sweetcorn in a BBQ sauce.
My husband went all out, ordering the:
- Heavy Weight Hunter – Basically an all-day breakfast in a pie. Sausage, bacon, egg, mushroom, baked beans, hash browns, tomatoes and black pudding.
Once you’ve chosen your pie of dreams, you have to check the ‘pie availability’ board, then you’re good to order. Once our meals were ready we were taken across to an attached restaurant. This, by the look of it, was the main eating area, I guess to free up the main bar area, for just drinkers, plus also people coming in to order. It was a nice setup and with eating/booking literally at their opening time, we had to place reasonably to ourselves.
The pies. Not being a pie connoisseur, nor a food critic, I’m afraid my descriptive vocabulary is pretty basic for reviews, however, these were good pies! Mine was very much the portion size I had anticipated, however, I did not expect to get a small portion of vegetables to go with our pies, which were left, untouched. I was little unsure whether I was going to like my pie, however, after a couple of mouthfuls, I couldn’t eat it quick enough. I saved the thick outer crust until very last, as, as my parent sused to say when we ate out ‘make sure you eat the expensive part’! (though I did actually finish the whole thing, apart from leaving half the chips!) The pasty and the chips were obviously homemade, which I loved.
Now to my husband pie. That’s no pie, it’s a slab! I literally have no other words for it. The main thickness of the pie was made of sausage meat. With everything else mainly resting on top. I would have tried a forkful, but I’m not a fan of mushrooms or black pudding. My husband thoroughly enjoyed tucking into his pie, however, it did get the better of him, with him literally eating just half of it. Again, it’s pastry was the same homemade as mine. It’s pretty clear that this is what makes this place different and also popular.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Piebald Inn. We left with very happy, but overfull bellies. Vowing to return again soon. As I mentioned, we booked in at 1230pm, which was half an hour past their opening, so we were served happily and efficiently. It was starting to fill once we were paying the bill.
I’d definitely recommend booking in advance, just so you have the peace of mind.
The concept of The Piebald Inn. A pie restaurant is very new to me. Have you been to anything similar?
The Piebald Inn
65 Sands Lane