If you are from the UK, more specifically the south-west of England, then you should have heard of Pieminister. If you haven’t, go find your nearest and eat till you can’t eat no more.

I could explain what it’s all about, but I feel the website can do it better:

“Jon Simon and Tristan Hogg started pieminister back in 2003, feeling that the great British public deserved more from a pie than the usual unappetising fare on the market.  Since opening their first pie and mash shop in one of Bristol’s most rundown areas, Jon and Tristan have built the company into an internationally recognised brand, with pies now being sold in major supermarket chains as well as restaurants, pubs, shops, delis, markets and at festivals across the land.”

They can also cater your wedding. There’s a reason for getting hitched if ever I heard one.

When Callum and I moved to Amsterdam, we knew that British food would be one of the things we’d miss the most and Pieminister’s award-winning fare has proved to be high up on our long list of food cravings.

A pieminister original: ‘Moo Pie’ with mash and groovy

So imagine our disbelief when I happened across the news that our favourite pie palace has made the long, arduous journey over to Amsterdam. We stopped whatever we were doing, scratched our dinner plans and headed over to the promise land, all the while wondering if it was too good to be true…

*Cue divine, ethereal music*

…it wasn’t.

Obviously the range of flavours is not as extensive as Pieminister establishments in the UK, but we really don’t care.

I’ll have three pies please…

Once we’d made our choices, we did broach the elephant in the room: what if it’s not as good? What if it ruins Pieminister for us?! (It didn’t.)

You can also order mushy minted peas, crispy shallots and cheddar cheese to top your pie. I’m saddened to say that it’s not real cheddar. But you can’t have everything.

“We must have a pie.  Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”

Trying to restrain myself for the photo. A couple of minutes later, the plate was clean.

Doing this post has reminded me how much I love pie…

Pie and beer = the dream.

Where: Oude Hoogstraat 29H, 1012 CD Amsterdam. (Or lots of locations in Britain.)

When: NOW. You must always want to eat pie. It’s science. (

We recommend: the Moo Pie. British steak, real ale, herbs and gravy. Dribble dribble.

The downside: The drinks are rather expensive, but…

The upside: …the pies are cheap and filling. You can order them to go too, so why not find a bench by a canal and soak up Amsterdam while eating a damn fine pie?



2 thoughts on “Pieminister

  1. “Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” – Truer words were never spoken. We have Piemaster here in Edinburgh. It’s takeaway only, but still pretty damn awesome,

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