Food Porn: The English Pork Pie Company

It was back in May of this year when I first found out about the English Pork Pie Company from an article on Buffalo Rising about the successful husband and wife bakers that had been outgrowing their Cheektowaga bakery.  Since then the award winning English Pork Pie Company have moved to a much larger location on South Park in South Buffalo for their growing business.  At the moment you can currently buy their frozen goods at their store front, but the owners hope to eventually open their own version of a “Little Britain” with a restaurant/pub and specialty shops.

This year as a Christmas gift my uncle Walt (you may remember his cooking articles) basically bought me a wide selection of their menu.  After looking up their cooking tips, I defrosted our gifts and took my best shot at trying to reheat everything for a large English-style dinner.

Quick Info

  • Restaurant Type: Specialty Shop/Bakery
  • Cuisine: English
  • Prices: Everything is Under $10
  • Location: South Buffalo

You really can’t find this type of food anywhere else in Buffalo, the closest restaurant that serves traditional British/English fare would probably be WJ Morrissey’s (which is more Irish, obviously).  The English Pork pie Company are a British owned company that has been around since December 2007.  They have won a bunch of international awards (i.e. Best British Shop in the World 2010) and the owners trained with award winning pie makers across the United Kingdom.  I was pretty nervous that my cooking skills (or in this case reheating skills) wouldn’t do their food justice, luckily it all came out pretty damn good.  Here is a brief run down of everything we had.

Steak and Ale Pie (7 oz) – Their steak and ale pie had a wonderful crispy pastry crust that flaked away on the top.  The beef was incredibly tender and could be cut with the side of your fork, much like beef you’d find in a stew.  The only dilemma was being cooked in the oven the dish was a little dry and would have benefited from some extra gravy/juice.  I have heard that they brew their own Brown Ale (which they use as an ingredient for this dish) on site and you can even purchase a bottle for yourself.  They also offer a Steak and Kidney Pie, Beef and Onion and Meat and Pie varieties.

Cornish Pastry – My uncle was very excited for me to try the Cornish Pastry, he said it was his favorite of the bunch.  The pastry/doughy crust was a little thicker then the other items we tried and was the only item that I didn’t enjoy the exterior (it was a little too chewy, probably from being frozen and reheated).  According to their website the pastry is filled with an authentic cornish recipe, what I noticed was small pieces of beef with onions and diced potatoes.  The flavors and textures really worked together (it reminded me of an English version of a Pastelillo).  This would have been a great breakfast.

Jumbo Sausage Roll – This 6” sausage is wrapped in puff pastry sheets that flaked apart beautifully as I cut into it.  The pork sausage was a “breakfast like” link that remained juicy inside the pastry.  The combination of a savory and perfectly seasoned pork sausage and the dessert like pastry wrap was really delicious and satisfying.  The website says you can eat this cold or warm but we choose to heat it up in our oven.  The sausage roll is a popular party food in England and was my favorite item that we tried, I could see myself eating a couple of these with a beer and watching a hockey/football game.

Classic Small Pork Pie (6 oz) – At this point in the meal, Alli and I were battling against our stomachs that were getting very full.  The crust for their classic pork pie reminded me the most of a classic apple pie crust.  The pork was formed into basically a solid disk and separated from the walls of the pastry.  As soon as we cut it in half the pork basically fell out of the crust, maybe a casualty of being frozen and reheated.  Other than maybe the Steak and Ale Pie, this is probably the one item that would have benefited most from being served fresh.  Regardless of it falling apart, their pastry crust was again very impresive and the pork was fantastic.  Their selection of pork pies doesn’t just stop there; you can also order pies that are filled with mushed peas, mustard pork, topped with apple sauce, stuffing and various English cheeses.

Scotch Egg – The company’s scotch egg is made up of free range boiled eggs that are wrapped with sausage meat (identical to the Jumbo Sausage Roll meat) and then coated in bread crumbs.  Alli was the most excited to go to town on these eggs, the crunchy bread crumbs provided a nice contrast of texture with the soft egg and savory pork sausage.  These guys took a lot longer to cook then everything else we had, they are sold in pairs for less then $9.

After testing the limits of our stomach, we ended the night being excited that such a food shop existed in Buffalo.  If you decide to grab some of their pies make sure you defrost all of the food completely before cooking, mainly to ensure the optimal texture of the meat/pastry crusts.

I hope the company continues their rapid growth so that South Buffalo will get their “Little Britain” section sooner rather then later.  I can only imagine how delicious these menu items would taste fresh out of the oven.  Even after eating 5 completely different items off their menu, we still have well over 15 more different items to try.  Considering the weather is only going to get colder and colder, I can’t think of anything better to combat the cold with a warm pork pie and a pint of a nice stout.

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  1. elizabeth

    get the chicken tika next time. my fav along with the steak and ale

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