It’s British Pie Week this week, and plenty of pubs throughout Kent and Sussex are celebrating in wholesome homemade style. Check out our roundup of places to go for the most pukka pastry around
The Middle House
Mayfield, East Sussex
With its homemade dishes and local-sourced produce, this Grade I-listed Elizabethan pub is just the place to enjoy a warming pie this week. The Harvey’s ale, steak and mushroom shortcrust pastry pie (£14) comes with vegetables and gravy, as does the chicken and leek shortcrust pastry pie (£14). So, whether you’re a beef fanatic or partial to poultry, there’s sure to be something to tickle your taste buds.
The Camden Arms
Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Offering seasonally-driven menus, The Camden Arms uses home-grown or locally-sourced produce wherever possible. A selection of handcrafted shortcrust pastry pies and puddings includes steak and kidney; steak, ale and mushroom; beef, mushroom and red wine; beef and stilton; turkey, ham and leek; and cottage pie and red wine gravy. All are served with your choice of potato, fresh seasonal vegetables and gravy for a truly sumptuous feast.
Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
If you’re in the mood for something a little fishier, The Hare’s fish pie (£15.95) includes salmon, smoked haddock and prawns, served with French-style peas. It’s the perfect dish to tuck into at this classic English pub, where a passion for finding quality fresh ingredients and preparing, cooking and presenting them in a modern but unpretentious way is at the heart of head chef Gabriel Guzi’s menus.
The Queen’s Inn
Head to The Queen’s Inn for fresh, locally-sourced ingredients that are expertly cooked and served in stylish, yet welcoming surroundings. Boasting menus that show flair and imagination, the Hawkhurst tavern is committed to supporting local businesses and produce with its impeccably presented pies. ‘A feast for the eyes and the belly’ awaits at this stylish pub, restaurant and hotel, which dates back all the way to the 16th century.
The Mark Cross Inn
Mark Cross, East Sussex
Head to this award-winning pub from Whiting & Hammond for an ale and tasting board to celebrate British Pie Week. For £14.95, you can enjoy ‘three superb ales and three fantastic pies’, accompanied by mash and gravy. The offer is running across all of the W&H sites, including The Little Brown Jug in Chiddingstone Causeway, The Chaser in Shipbourne and The Kings Head in Bessels Green.