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Pies worth heading out of the city for

3 weeks ago

The, er, humble pie has never really been fashionable but with the hardy trend for sharing and small plates in so many recently opened restaurants still rampant, you have to work a bit harder to snuffle out a good un. But don’t worry, as ever, we’ve done the graft for you.

Whether it’s a Lancashire cheese and onion pie at The Bird at Birtle or the “Double Bomber” at The Eagle and Child, not to mention regularly rotating seasonal specials from celebrated purveyors of pastry like Stosie Madi at The Parker’s Arms or Rob Owen Brown at The Hinchcliffe, there’s a pie here with your name on it.

  • One of the dishes served at Andrew Nutter's gastropub Bird At Birtle, on the edge of the Lancashire moors
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    Bird At Birtle

    British

    The big, first-floor window at the rear of Andrew Nutter’s Bird At Birtle frames the moors – and this gastropub, a sister to Nutters’ restaurant proper – is an ode of sorts to its impressive, rural location.

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  • One of the dishes served at The Cartford Inn - a restaurant with rooms near Preston in Lancashire
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    The Cartford Inn

    British

    This historic coaching house serves adventurous British pub food in poetic configurations. Cooking is by mushroom forager and head chef, Chris Bury, whose CV includes the Fat Duck and Claridges, while award-winning suppliers include local wine merchants, D Byrne and Gornall’s dairy, near Preston. The interior, some of which dates back to the 1800s, is packed with wood panels and idiosyncratic artworks while the wider complex takes in glass-clad extensions, an al fresco terrace, and cool, eco-style cabins, integrated into the landscape. A place to get away from it all for a day, or a night – and enjoy some of the best food in the region at the same time.

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  • One of the dishes served at Aiden Byrne's gastropub The Church Green in Lymm, Cheshire
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    The Church Green

    British

    The Church Green is Aiden Byrne’s countryside pub where excellent meat comes as standard. Fifty ounce tomahawk, for example, and slow-cooked lamb shoulder pie, are typical dishes at the local legend’s acclaimed gastropub.

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  • Inside the Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom with its views of the Lancashire moors
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    Eagle & Child

    British

    The Eagle & Child is famous for offering excellent Sunday lunches and award-winning pub grub in the hills above Manchester.

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  • Inside Hearth of the Ram, one of Confidential Guides' recommended places to eat in Ramsbottom.
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    Hearth of the Ram

    British

    Hearth of the Ram offers extraordinary pub food that reinvents classic local flavours. Head here for confident cooking in a historic, 200-year-old pub on the cusp of the countryside.

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  • The exterior of The Hinchcliffe Arms - a country pub in Hebden Bridge led by chef Robert Owen Brown
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    The Hinchcliffe Arms

    British

    The Hinchcliffe Arms delivers full-on British food with flair and imagination. Putting the goodness of earth, river and sea on a plate, head chef and game expert Robert Owen Brown possesses both the skill and character to turn locally caught creatures into the kind of hearty dishes you’ll really want to eat.

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  • The Parker's Arms is a homely pub serving superb modern European food in Newton-in-Bowland in Lancashire.
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    Parker’s Arms

    European

    The Parker’s Arms is a homely pub, serving and baking extraordinary, modern European food.

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  • A pub with a view: The White Hart at Lydgate is 700 feet above sea level on the edge of Saddleworth Moor
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    The White Hart at Lydgate

    Modern British

    The White Hart at Lydgate is a rustic dining pub with an excellent reputation and wine list. Located 700 feet above sea level, where Saddleworth Moor starts, the restaurant is in an impressive former coaching house, and it’s a place for all: there’s a restaurant and brasserie with two AA rosettes, a pub, function areas and a boutique hotel.

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