Having spent at least 3o years eating Steak Pie in various forms at many venues up and down the country, I've decided to log my experience in a bid to find the ultimate Steak Pie Experience. Which means I'm forced into revisiting the venues to refresh my memory... and my tastebuds.
Thursday, 26 August 2010
The Alma, Laneshawbridge nr Colne.
Been here before and had the Steak & Kidney Pudding but a revision of that experience will have to wait for another day. As I'm partial to a short crust top, I decided on the Beef & Onion Plate Pie with Chunky Chips, Mushy Peas and Pickled Red Cabbage for £9.95, apparently made from minced fillet steak.
The whole dish had a homemade quality about it and everything was full of flavour, reminiscent of juvenile chippy experiences.
The pie itself was very good both in quality and ratio of pastry to filling but I prefer it with more onions and is purely a personal preference based on my mums Beef & Onion pie from years ago... probably why I have to carry 15 stone around these days.
There is plenty of meat but very little onion to be found. The peas hadn't lost any of their flavour and went well with the pickled red cabbage and the gravy was definitely chip shop style... without the lumps.
The Alma has recently been completely refurbished into a posh gastro pub and the service is as expected for such an establishment, pleasant, clean and very efficient with brilliant views of Boulsworth Moor from the conservatory.
Overall a good experience with tasty food in a clean and tidy environment with pleasant staff.
Arguably not a full Steak Pie experience and no real surprises but still a good slice of pie in relaxing surroundings and well worth a 6.7 on the pie chart.