by Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Sunday Best at Pieminister, Birmingham
It’s fair to say that I love pie, savoury pie or sweet pie, which means by its very definition I love Pieminister. I’m half considering writing this as a love letter to Pieminister. Or a 10 things I love about you, Pieminister. Or maybe I’ll be more straightforward with my blog post.
I was invited to try the Pieminister Sunday lunch, which is called Sunday Best there’s also a veggie version called… Veggie Best, which can be made Vegan with a Kevin Pie.
It’s been over a year since I very first went to Pieminister in Birmingham (May 2017 according to my emails). At first, Pieminister appears to be a Bristol company that’s expanded across the country, but I know more. Two of the three that make up this founding team lived in Worcester for some of their youth and, if I’m not mistaken, they lived in or near Bromsgrove. So Birmingham was “their city.” After opening Pie shops from 2007 onwards, they had been looking for their ideal Birmingham location for six years.
Pieminister in Birmingham is on Waterloo Street is right by Victoria Square, its full of booths, and is pretty much set up for groups of four. It’s got that stripped back industrial feel, but it also has a metal greenhouse-style frame in the middle of the room.
I’ve been here about 10 times over the past year, and it is a consistent experience, friendly staff who are more than willing to explain the menu to newbies, there’s milkshakes, beer, cocktails, wine, tea and coffee or regular soft drinks. There’s pie, there’s sides and there’s now soft scoop sundaes.
I’m here with my Dad. He loves pie too. He chooses the Sunday Best with a Moo Classic Pie, the Moo is a “British Beef Steak and Craft Ale Pie” and on the Sunday Best menu it comes with a Yorkshire Pudding, Carrot and Swede Mash, Baby Roasties, Pig In Blanket, Crackling and of course Gravy.
I’ve gone with the Veggie Best, with a Kevin Vegan Pie, I’m not a veggie or a vegan, but I LOVE this pie! It comes with Stuffing Balls, Yorkshire Pudding, Carrot and Swede Mash, Baby Roasties, and Gravy. I sulk for a moment that the Mexi-cow isn’t on the menu currently. And then I realise I’ve had the Kevin for the past three or four visits.
My Dad is clearly hungry, he has polished off his food in half the time it took me to eat mine. He’s already finishing his pint of Pieminister Pie. P. A. pale ale.
Dad’s already decided on his pudding. He asks for the Cherry Pie Soft Scoop Sundae which contains, vanilla, cherry, something called frangipane (Which I had to google) and toasted almonds.
I chose the Gold Digger Soft Scoop Sunday which is also Vegan and comes with Salted Caramel Vegan Ice Cream and piece of Millionaire Shortbread. I’m trying to take the photos and the soft scoop is already starting to sway so we have to eat them at once obviously.
With Pieminister in quite a few cities, its quite difficult to say this is unique to Birmingham, but on the whole Pieminister is a unique experience itself. A diner that’s really a pie shop.
I’ll be back there next month, and the month after and the one after that. Not for my blog. I just really like going there. A lot.
Check out the website at pieminister.co.uk
This isn’t a sponsored post. #BrumHour was invited by Pieminister to try the Sunday Menu. We didn’t pay for food or drink and did leave a tip.