In the lead up to British Pie Week (5th March-11th March), Vintage Inns want to cham’PIE’on a British favourite; after all, what’s better then enjoying a classic British dish at a classic British pub? Vintage Inns quizzed the residents of the West Midlands to find out their pie preferences to help settle its very own pie debate.
When given only one choice between a wide selection of savoury pie fillings including chicken, fish, steak or vegetable, residents of West Midlands voted in favour of a traditional steak pie with a majority vote of 56%. 80% believe it’s what’s on the inside that counts – with the filling proving more important than the pastry.
The online survey, conducted on behalf of Vintage Inns who have a collection of country pubs including The Little Owl and The White Horse and the Red Lion, also discovered that, despite social media feeds being flooded with shots of the newest food trends, guests are sticking to old favourites when choosing sides. Traditional mash paired with cheese gained over a third of the vote (40%), however, some of the more adventurous respondents in the West Midlands opted for extras including caramelised onion (14%) and horseradish (12%), alongside pesto, spring onion and olive oil to boost their mash side.
It’s music to Vintage Inns’ ears that 97% of residents agreed that they would mostly enjoy their pie in a pub next to a roaring fire after a long countryside walk. To top this off, nearly half (45%) of the population would rather cut out cooking at home altogether and head straight to their local pub to get their pie fix.
It also appears that for residents of the West Midlands, a pie isn’t a pie unless it has gravy with a quarter (22%) of residents stating they’d have it with every single kind of pie. Vintage Inns also know that ‘chips or mash?’ is an important debate over the dinner table and the West Midlands has firmly sided with mash, with 56% preferring this with their pie whilst 40% would prefer chips.
Rachel Westwood, marketing manager of Vintage Inns comments; “It’s great to find out that the people in the West Midlands are still opting for great British dishes such as the traditional pie. All of our pubs hold ‘Pie Wednesday’ every Wednesday and serve a selection of six pies including the West Midlands favourite, steak and mushroom. We hope that guests celebrating British Pie Week will come and try them out at their nearest Vintage Inn.”
Vintage Inns’ Pie Wednesday showcases six delicious pies available every week, and guests can choose from its four hero pies which feature steak & mushroom, smoked fish pie, chicken & thyme or a roasted vegetable tart, or two specially – selected additional pies that vary from week to week. There are also a whole host of sides for guests to choose from including triple cooked chips, baby potatoes or a range of mash which guests can have in a variety of flavours; classic with butter, cheese, olive oil, spring onion, pesto, horseradish or caramelised onion.
Why not join our pie debate on our Facebook page and have your say:
British Pie week runs from the 5th – 11th March and celebrates the classic British staple, the pie.
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