A POPULAR Droitwich pub has launched two new locally-themed pies which have been designed and created at the venue and use high quality ingredients sourced from the relevant region.
The new Droitwich Pie and Worcester Pie have been introduced at the Gardeners Arms in Vines Lane and landlord and landlady Simon and Edith Berry are hoping they will become as popular as the previous ‘Droitwich Sausage’ which the pub became famous for.
Simon said: “We came up with the ideas for the pies following the success of the Droitwich plaited sausage.
“We were going to find a local producer to make the pies but in the end we decided to create them in-house.”
When it came to deciding what should go in the pies, Simon discussed it with the staff, including head chef Linda Marshall and apprentice Charlie Tandy.
“It’s all about the tourism and bringing people to the area – when people visit different areas they want to try food and drink from that region and that is what we were able to do with the Droitwich Sausage and what we are able to do with these.”
The Droitwich Pie features pulled pork with chicken, a layer of smoked bacon and Worcester pears in a rich chive cider Worcester sauce gravy. All that is packed into a hand-raised pastry case before it is served with vegetables, topped with gratin creamy emmental cheese mash, rustic fries, and apple apricot mint chutney.
The Worcester Pie boasts steak cooked with Worcester Blue cheese, Worcester Friar Tuck Ale, mushroom, tarragon and Worcester sauce jus, wrapped in a butter pastry. It is served with rustic fries, topped gratin cheese mash, vegetables, beetroot horseradish chutney.
Simon and the staff at the Gardeners Arms are looking forward to launching the two new pies over the Easter weekend and want those who try both to to vote for their favourite.
They are also hoping customers will come down for the new cider bar which offers a variety of different ciders.
Among them are dandelion and burdock, raspberry and peach, chocolate orange, lime and mango, toffee hazelnut, gingerbread and fudge and banana.
“It’s done by taking a base cider and then adding flavoured syrups to it.
“They have all gone down really well but the fudge and banana one is proving to be the most popular.”