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Pies. Proper Bloody Pies, Mind

Gordo gets a fetish for an Ancoats' pieman at The Crusty Cob

Published on January 10th 2012.

Pies. Proper Bloody Pies, Mind

GORDO, having lost a couple of stone before Xmas on the soon to be published Gordo Diabetic Ultra Low Calorie Eight Week Diet, was eating his favourite culinary delicacy, the other night, pie.

These pies are on at a price of £1.22. Given that the taxman probably takes 20% of that, these are stunning value. Stunning.

He was sharing a steak pie from a team called Walkers and had bought it from in Waitrose in Spinningfields. The Supreme Steak pies are £4.99 for the two and are bloody magic.

Supreme Steak From Waitrose With Gordo's PeasSupreme Steak: Gordo's PeasGordo made a posh version of peas; 2 rashers of pancetta, pan fried, two mins till browning medium high, turn down a bit, third of a finely chopped onion thrown in, two minutes, two big spoon fulls of his home made jelly-ish chicken stock, 200grms frozen peas (tinned are as good) bubble three minutes, big manly dollop of crème fraiche, bubble two mins, DFH.

For readers who don’t follow Gordo on twitter (@gordomanchester) that’s Dead Fcuking Horny. See the picture and weep.

Whilst this produced a twitter buzz, Gordo noticed a few followers, @MCRtaxitours  and that old stalwart of gluttony, @ThomHetheringto included, extolling the virtues of a gaff called the Crusty Cobb out in Ancoats; Gordo had not been and needed to know.

So, he sent his wingman, Adam Braithwaite, for 36 pies for lunch. Yes, readers, Gordo is aware that’s a bit extreme, but he keeps feeding the office with stuff like this hoping for less sexual harassment actions. Pies do work a treat, especially for those members in the typing pool from Leigh and Wigan.

We had Meat, Meat and Potato and Cheese and Onion. The meat pie was larger than your average Greggs and Hollands with thinner, crispier pastry, dark brown and smeared with unctuous stains from the hole in the top where the REAL jelly had been poured. The finely minced and ground meat was seasoned properly and the juiciness quotient was LUSH. Really, really LUSH.

The Meat and Potato was a different pastry, more short crust and standing back a bit in flavours to allow the chunky spud filling, wrapped in a meaty sauce, to stand up and punch its way past the crowd. The Cheese and Onion came in the same wrapper and was a real cheese and onion goo, with both ingredients allowed to mix equally with each other. This pie simply knocks the spots off any of its competitors; you could only beat it by making it at home. That’s if you’re good.

Detail Of The Crusty Cob Meat And PotatoDetail Of The Crusty Cob Meat And Potato

These pies are on at a price of £1.22. Given that the taxman probably takes 20% of that, these are stunning value. Stunning.

The Editor, Schofield appeared in the office just as the delivery arrived.

“Eh, do you know, I was just talking to a couple of taxi drivers on the rank; that Crusty Cobb is famous amongst that lot; they have a run nearly every day of the week up there. The problem is, the baker will only make a set amount each day and pulls the shutters down as soon as he has sold out.”

There you go. Get them whilst they’re still hot. 

You can follow Gordo on twitter @gordomanchester

The Crusty Cob is at 63 Beswick Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 7HR


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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Mark GarnerJanuary 10th 2012.

Someone just said I may have lost twenty pounds but I look twenty years older. I decided to to show that the pen is mightier than the sword and that it's better to magnanimous in these matters, so I called him a ****.

James KayJanuary 11th 2012.

Looking good Mark! On a slightly different note, something at the back of my head says it's 'Shifty's' birthday. If so, please send my regards. Off to the Crusty Cob now!!

GadgeJanuary 11th 2012.

I guess you called him a tart - to continue the pie theme. Or a flan. Something that's not quite as manly as a pie anyway.

NorthernGeezerJanuary 11th 2012.

The School House Bakery in Upholland used to sell the most amazing meat & potato pies i've ever had, plus that old Wigan stalwart, the butter pie.
The buildings still there, but its a takeaway pizza shop now FFS!!!!!!

SibbyJanuary 12th 2012.

Can we start a campaign for the Crusty Cob to introduce the Lancashire Butter Pie?


MollieJanuary 12th 2012.

Crusty Cob is indeed the best for miles around! AND you should try the Egg Custard tarts they are to die for! Even more so when they are still warm. Cheers to Dave the owner he's a brilliant baker!

MollieJanuary 12th 2012.

....Oh! and yes definitely bring back the "Lancashire Butter Pie" would love to try it!!

Mark JaggerJanuary 13th 2012.

Only 1 place for butter pies..Round's Bakery on Ribbleton Lane Preston mmmmm

AnonymousJanuary 23rd 2012.

Excuse the ignorance of a southern softie but what's a butter pie?

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SibbyJanuary 23rd 2012.

Butter pie seems to be a Lancashire cotton town thing - Preston, Chorley, Blackburn, etc. It's thought to have been created for workers from the Catholic community, to consume on days (mainly Friday) when meat could not be eaten.

It contains potato, onion and butter. Here's a recipe, (and a pic): lancashire.greatbritishlife.co.uk/…/…

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