What's this website all about?

Our objective is simple.

We’re going to find the finest steak & ale pie that any York food serving establishment has to offer. We’ll do this by visiting each and every one of them from now until we’re done.

At each establishment we’ll order a steak & ale pie, eat it, score it and place the results with our brief comments on this website.

What do we mean by York?

Anywhere within 10 miles of York Minster. (The further away places will be more difficult for us than the city centre ones, so please be patient if you nominate them.)

What do we mean by steak & ale pie?

We've had some VERY serious discussions about pies - Some believe nominated pies should only be those with a complete pastry shell around the filling, suggestions were made about disregarding "pudding" style pies and it was even suggested we should avoid anything not "home made".

To get some strict criteria in place, we consulted Wikipedia (because that's never wrong, right?) and highlighted a few of the more obvious items ourselves.

According to Wikipedia:

a pie is a baked dish which is usually made of a pastry dough shell that covers or completely contains a filling of various sweet or savoury ingredients. Pies can be either "filled", where a dish is covered by pastry and the filling is placed on top of that, "top-crust," where the filling is placed in a dish and covered with a pastry/potato mash top before baking, or "two-crust," with the filling completely enclosed in the pastry shell. Pies can be a variety of sizes, ranging from bite-size to ones designed for multiple servings.

So, our steak and ale criteria are:

  1. The pie must contain pastry in some form (sorry, but we're ignoring the mash potato reference in Wikipedia).
  2. The pie must contain steak. (chunks of it, anything else will be marked accordingly.)
  3. The pie must contain ale (we'll except stout).

Occassionally people who make steak & ale pies sometimes ruin them by including such crazy ingredients as mushrooms we’re allowing these, but there may not be as many opinions due to a few fussy samplers.

How will we score the pies?

Pies will only be scored when four or more samplers are present. Each member of the pie sampling committee will score each pie between zero and ten points. The final score will be the arithmetic mean of all scores.

Pies will be scored primarily by each reviewer’s personal preference on the pie itself; however accompaniments, service and price will also have an influence, albeit much smaller.

That's fairly straight forward, right. If you think we've missed something - contact us.

How can you help?

You can nominate your favourite York pie or tell the world about this website.

If you're a Twitter user; follow us and Retweet our pie chat.