We’re not going to lie, so far this January it’s been pretty grim weatherwise. The dark, grey clouds and the rain never seeming to let up makes us just want to curl up on the sofa and tuck into some good ol’ comfort food. However The Black Friar in Salford has brought back its popular festival dedicated to the magnificent pie for two months (and the coldest ones of the year too) so soothing and tasty that it might just convince you to put your shoes on, grab your coat and head out for some proper pub grub.
The Salford pub and restaurant claims to have the best pies in the city, all of which will be showcased on their specially-curated pie menu. Plus if this isn’t enough to get you out the door and battling the elements, all of the pies at the festival are just a tenner, meaning you can enjoy that hearty pastry-covered goodness on a budget.
Kickstarting the festival of pie from Tuesday 10th January right through until the end of February, the pies at The Black Friar will be just £10 each all day Monday and between 12pm and 6pm Tuesdays to Fridays. And everyone is catered for. The Black Friar in Salford said: “We believe in pies for all, and as we all know – beauty is in the pie of the beholder. Thus, behold. Whether you’re meaty, veggie, vegan or flexi, we’ve got you covered.”
Guests can choose from the likes of chicken and leek; shortcrust pastry beef or Lancashire cheese and onion. In addition, the gastropub will also have daily ever-changing specials deliciously crafted by their head chef. The first one is a whole Cumbrian lamb shank turned into a pie, with mint, root vegetables and a rich lamb gravy.
Other specials will include a chicken balti pie, pulled pork pie, fish pie and a cottage pie, however the specials will vary in price depending on how luxurious the fillings are. And what’s pie without mash? Diners can add creamy mash potato and seasonal greens for just £2.50.
The best part? They’re good, proper northern pies. And you can definitely chuck ’em across the room too, although we wouldn’t recommend it. The Festival of Pie at The Black Friar runs from January 10 to February 28 as part of its returning pub grub menu. Book your spot for pies here.
Find The Black Friar at 41-43 Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7DB.