Leeds' Best Pies

By Leeds Credit Union

No sooner have we finished eating pancakes than another excuse to devour some delicious comfort food comes around - British Pie Week! 

Running from March 7th - 14th, this hallowed week is basically Christmas for pie lovers and exists solely to celebrate pies in all their glory. So forget about counting calories, grab a fork and join us as we rank the best places to get pies in Leeds.

5. The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes

OK, a sports bar probably isn't the first place you'd think of going for a top quality pie but trust us, The Brotherhood is an absolute must and comfortably holds its own against the other establishments on this list.

Famous for its mouthwatering artisanal pies that include beef and ale, bacon and cheese, venison, mushroom and chicken and leek, the fillings are delicious and the cases are cooked to perfection.

With a lively atmosphere - especially on match days - a wealth of sports memorabilia, pool tables and TV screens aplenty, the Brotherhood is a great place to either start or finish a night on the town.

And if you think The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes is a mouthful, wait til you see the pie platter challenge…

The Brotherhood, 54 New Briggate, Leeds. LS1 6NU.

4. The Hop

Located alongside Leeds' waterfront in the famous Dark Arches beneath the tracks of the railway station, The Hop is a pie-lovers dream.

Sourced from the multi-award winning Jones Pies in Harrogate, the menu includes classics like chicken and leek, steak and ale and cheese and potato, as well as several more, meaning there's a pie for every appetite at The Hop. The creamy mash, beer-infused peas and baked beans are all superb and the rich gravy is so good you'll be tempted to drink it neat.

Chuck in low prices and a huge range of real ales and you've got an ideal place to while away an afternoon - or two - this Pie Week.

The Hop, Granary Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds. LS1 4BR.

3. Pieminister

With a name like that, you'd expect the good people at Pieminister to know their way around a pie. Well, fear not - they certainly do.

Variety is the spice of life at Pieminister, with the menu offering a wide range of flavours across 13 pies, from the spicy saag paneer to the creamy chicken and mushroom via the classic steak and kidney. There are also plenty of starters, sides, puddings, drinks and meal deals for diners with serious appetites, not to mention a variety of vegetarian and vegan options too. 

Better still, to celebrate Pie Week, Pieminister will be adding a Sunday Best pie to the menu, consisting of your pie of choice piled high with mash, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, Yorkshire puddings and pork scratchings (again, veggie and vegan options will also be available). Something tells us it's going to be popular!

Pieminister, 15-17 Duncan St, Leeds. LS1 6DQ.

2. Dave's Pies and Ale

A serious contender for the title of “Leeds' best-kept secret”, Dave's Pies and Ale does exactly what it says on the tin, dishing out fabulous pies and ales from a cosy, deliberately traditional looking micro-pub on Kirkstall Road.

The pies on offer are classic pork pies with a variety of twists, including chilli, chorizo, stilton, stuffing and black pudding. And yes, they're every bit as good as they sound, with moist bottoms, crispy tops and flawless presentation, not to mention very reasonable prices.

Aside from the pies, the pub's reclaimed fixtures and fittings, excellent selection of drinks and resident dog are likely to mean this place only gets more popular over the coming weeks. We recommend getting down there asap before word gets out!

Dave's Pies and Ale, 350 Kirkstall Rd, Burley, Leeds. LS4 2HQ.

1. The Swine That Dines

Formerly a sandwich shop, not for no reason does The Swine That Dines boast an Oliver Award and a place in the Good Food Guide. It is, quite simply, the best place for pies in Leeds.

Pies aren't the only thing on the menu but boy are they worth visiting for. Baked from scratch, in-house, with real butter, the menu regularly changes but currently features a smoked brisket pie (filled with brisket, bacon, beetroot and paprika), a game pie (rabbit, partridge and pheasant) and a pumpkin, leek and chickpea pie.

The Swine also plays host to the occasional Pie Sunday, a two course menu consisting of a starter, pie and side (or three courses with a pudding) for a ridiculously low price.

With friendly staff, local produce on the menu and pies to die for, The Swine That Dines is fine!

The Swine That Dines, 58 North Street, Leeds. LS2 7PN.

The pie's the limit!

If we're honest, we're struggling to think of a pie we didn't like, so we're sure there are plenty of other excellent pie-vendors all over Leeds. Let us know your favourite on our social media channels!