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Battersea Pie Station

October 8, 2015

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There’s nothing more British than a pie. Crisp golden pastry and delicious filling, we’ll take them with mash ‘n’ gravy, on their own in a little foil case, or even with some roasties and veg if we’re pushing the boat out. They’re the ultimate in comfort food and luckily for us Brits, our inclement weather often means that anytime of the year is pie-time. Finding an awesome pie joint for Portico Places was therefore top on our priority list…

Don’t be fooled by the name, Battersea Pie Station is in fact in Covent Garden. To be more precise, it’s actually under the arches in Covent Garden’s famous and historic Market building, so the location is itself a reason to go visit this little pie shop. And no - before you think it, it’s not overpriced and you are likely to get a seat…

Battersea Pie Station started as a pop-up curing hangovers and lining stomachs at Glastonbury festival, but their pies went down so well, they decided to set up something a little more permanent. The place they now call home looks just how you’d expect a good pie shop to look, with bright white tiles and a flat stone floor, a traditional serving counter and brightly polished tables.

You can smell that delicious pastry smell before you even walk in. The pies are temptingly arranged at the counter, but try and decide what you want before you get to the front of the queue - it’s easy to spend a mini eternity umming and arring over which flavour to choose when they all look so delicious. If you want to make your meal extra British, you can enjoy it with a beer or a glass of plonk; we recommend picking the special beer of the week, which is always from a local London brewery.

The pies themselves are lovingly crafted with proper old-fashioned, buttery flaky pastry and can be served hot or cold. Besides the traditional filings like steak and meantime stout, chicken and mushroom and lamb and mint, there are more unusual options like cod, salmon and prawn or butternut squash and goat cheese. Enjoy a quality pie for just a fiver, or add silky smooth mash for an additional £2.75. Other sides that caught our eye were crispy roasties with rosemary, homemade chunky coleslaw and spinach, feta and garden pea salad, but we went traditional with melt-in-the-mouth mash and a little jug of rich red-wine gravy. If you still have space after a pie, there’s a tantalising selection on sweet treats on offer too.

They also take large orders, so I know what I’ll be ordering for our next company lunch…


Battersea Pie Station

28 Henrietta St
Bloomsbury
London
WC2E 8RA
Covent Garden (154m)

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