Although it started as a humble marketing campaign by Jus-Rol, British Pie Week has been embraced by pie lovers nationally and is now in it’s ninth year! Here at The Passage House Inn we’re excited to be getting in on the action after the success of our inaugral Pie Night last year by holding another one on Friday 11th March, right in the middle of British Pie Week.
Believe it or not, pies are an ancient and history rich food, with rudimentary versions created and eaten by those in ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt and Arabia. According to David Thomas, the Romans brought them to Britain in 43 AD and ever since then, they’ve been adopted as a national dish and loved by many. Even our national wordsmith, Shakespeare himself, paid lip service to them in 1613 when he wrote in Henry VII ‘No man’s pie is freed from his ambitious finger’. Since those early days of pie eating, the humble food item has exploded in variety and scope. They can be open or closed, made with puff, shortcrust or suet, savoury or sweet and with any fillings you could imagine. And when you look at the etymology of the word itself, the limitless nature of them is encased in their very name. Alan Davidson believes that ‘the derivation of the word may be from magpie, shortened to pie. The explanation offered in favour or this is that the magpie collects a variety of things, and that it was an essential feature of early pies that they contained a variety of ingredients’.
Here at the Passage House Inn, we are proud to be part of this ongoing British tradition of celebrating the humble pie and are very much looking forward to our Pie Night next week. We’ll be offering a range of delicious savoury pies for your consumption, some traditional and some more daring but we’re confident that there will be something for everyone! If last year’s success is anything to go by, booking a table is very much advisable. Just give us a call on 01392 873653 and we’ll be happy to reserve you a space. Who ate all the pies? It could be you!