Review: Pieminister, Stokes Croft, Bristol

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Have you heard of Pieminster? If not, where have you been?  This brand of what are essentially 'pie and mash’ shops with a large sprinkling of cool urban styling, is something of an institution in it’s homeland of Bristol.

Pieminister has restaurants and cafes in several locations around the UK but nothing in the Midlands. However,  I'm happy to report that the rumours that they are coming to Nottingham are all true. Set to open early next year, this is music to my hungry ears!  My other half is Bristolian, now living in Nottingham (another excellent export) and on our last trip down there, we made a lunch stop at the original Stokes Croft restaurant.

Pieminister in Stokes Croft
Stokes Croft as an area of Bristol has undergone somewhat of a renaissance from what I gather. Once downtrodden and best avoided, these days it's still a bit rough around the edges but full of artists, bars and independent shops. It's also home to The Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft,  a group of artists and activist who work to rise the profile of the community in this area. They are also the clever folk behind some gorgeous pottery. Take a peek here.

Inside Stokes Croft Pieminister

Anyway, lets go back to the business of the day - pie! The pieminister menu has a range of traditional and open top pies plus hot pots and even salads but really, you go there for one thing don't you? It's all about the pie, the mash and the gravy. Everything is great value with pies starting at £4.80. You then build your meal with sides so you're looking at around a tenner for a main course.   

The till area at Pieminister in Stokes Croft Bristol

Although no longer on the menu, we used our (Dave's) insider knowledge to order The Mothership. This is all out the best you can get and works out cheaper than buying the elements separately. It includes your choice of pie plus mash, gravy and a few extra bits - crispy fried onions, cheese and minted mushy peas. Don't be scared to ask for this, they will do it for you!  I had the moo & blue - British beef steak & Long Clawson Stilton and Dave had the moodog - British beef steak, smoked bacon & BrewDog 5am red ale pie. The secret is that they use two types of pastry - one for the sides and one for the top. My guess is a suet pie and shortcrust lid. 

Pieminister Bristol, pie, mushy peas, gravy and mash

The portions were huge and the pies totally delicious. I love the combination of steak and stilton and anything with Long Clawson (local to us here in the Midlands) in it is a winner for me. There was plenty of meat in the pie and they were generous with the cheese too. The mash was proper - like you'd make at home on a good day. 



giant pie, peas, mash and gravy

We were with a big group of friends and between us, I think we covered most of the pies on the menu. By the end we hadn't all managed to clear our plates but this was absolutely due to inability to finish such huge quantities because every thing we ate was completely delicious!

gingey bites eating a giant pie and mash

My lasting memory, something which Pieminister may or may not condone, is of our friend Rich downing a ‘shot’ of crispy onions Jagerbomb style. This was swiftly followed by a gulp of something wet (gravy, drink? ... I forget) to help those dry little salty morsels down. Lots of fun! 

Here's some advice - this place isn’t huge, probably only seating around 50 so make sure you get there early if you want a table - or be prepared to wait! Also, wear baggy clothes and consider skipping breakfast. Order at the bar and await the fine pie feast ahead of you. I cannot wait for the Nottingham branch to open. Hurry up guys!

Pieminister,
24 Stokes Croft, 
Bristol,
BS1 3PR

*As usual, all opinions here are my own. Pie minister did not know that we were there reviewing the food and I paid for my meal in full* 

7 comments

  1. I've heard a lot about Stokes Croft, but Pieminster has sadly eluded me. When is one coming down to our part of the world I'm wondering. I want it here now. I love pie.

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    1. Stokes croft is lovely, the pottery in the PRSC shop is divine, I have a few mugs and a really pretty oversized tea cup and saucer at home. Definitely worth taking a peek for something a bit different.

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  2. This looks totally up my street! Alas they haven't reached as far as Scotland yet which is a shame as we Scots love a pie. Fab punnage with Live and Eat Pie.

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    1. Who doesn't love pie and mash? I'm alway dubious of restaurant gravy too but this was all good! Fingers crossed for a branch in Scotland soon! :-)

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  3. There is one in the Midlands....
    http://www.pieminister.co.uk/restaurants/trentham-gardens/

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  4. Is there really! Missed that completely didn't I! Hehehehe thankyou!

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