Our selection of five of the best gourmet pies
With fillings ranging from beef and Guinness to chicken with fennel and shallots, our recommendations are the perfect tummy filler for a cosy autumn lunch or dinner. Wursthaus Kitchen
The Wursthaus knows that one of the best recipes for a good pie includes a deliciously thick crust and a hearty filling and these signature handmade English-style pork pies are every bit that. With a hot water and lard pastry and a free-range pork filling, mildly spiced with pepper and mace, these decent-sized numbers ($15.90) would make a tasty dinner for two. 1 Montpelier Retreat, Battery Point, Hobart
West Hobart Gourmet Meats
It’s little wonder why these beef and Guinness pies ($6.50) were awarded reserve champion at the National Fine Food Awards. Made with awardwinning Smith’s Pies pastry, these pyramid shaped pies are filled with a three hour slow cooked chuck steak, finely diced celery, mushroom onion and the delicious Guinness sauce. 125 Hill Street, West Hobart
Alfred Gough’s Handcrafted Pastries
Made using the traditional skills of Tasmanian pie man Alfred Gough himself, these pies ($21.90) make a delicious dinner for the family and with two options to choose from, either the Marion Bay free range chicken with fennel and shallot soubise pie or braised Cape Grim beef and kipfler potato pie. Available at Hill Street Grocers at various locations around the state.
Jackman & McRoss
Jackman & McRoss bakeries are renowned for their fresh curried scallop pie ($8 take away $9 have in), but if you’re looking for something a little different to warm your bones this autumn try the fish pie. With fresh Tassie fish, chickpeas and korma all held together in the handmade butter pastry casing. Jackman & McRoss can be found in Battery Point, New Town, and Hobart.
While it is a little out of the way, pie diehards will attest that Bakery 31 in Ross, just off the Midland Highway, is among the best for the tried and tested scallop pie. These warming morsels ($7.95) are filled with Tasmanian scallops that have been cooked in a creamy mild curry sauce before being wrapped up in a delicate puff pastry.
31 Church St, Ross