I’m not a big pie eater. Though when I think of pie I think more of the sweet kind over the savoury; Apple pie, with ice cream. I digress. However, when I heard about The Piebald Inn, Scarborough and saw their offerings I knew I had to visit as I’d not come across anything like it before. Plus being just 10 miles outside of Scarborough, 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.
Piebald Inn, Scarborough.
The menu at the Piebald Inn, Scarborough is quite extensive. 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, eating pies aren’t a normal food for me or my household. Though growing up I used to love a nice mincemeat pie, mash potato and lots of gravy meal. It’s the braising steak/meat kind I’m not keen on. Looking at Piebald’s pie menu, it became clear that I am quite fussy with a good chunk of ‘pie’ ingredients. Though finally settling on; The American Saddle: ground beef, baked beans, onions and sweetcorn in a BBQ sauce and 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 have a pie in mind, you have to check the ‘pie availability’ board, then you’re good to order. We were then taken from the bar area, across to the main eating area of the attached restaurant.
The pies 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?
Find it: The Piebald Inn, 65 Sands Lane, Hunmanby, YO14 0LT
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