We finally had the opportunity to visit Pie & Ale House with a group of work colleagues and we weren’t disappointed. The transformation from the Giant Pot into a wonderful fresh contemporary eating place is amazing. All the staff were brilliant and upstairs the open kitchen showed a team calmly preparing the meals.
The food was all exactly as advertised and my beef & ale pie was a beefy hearty dish, the chips were something else and we all struggled to think of any better! Yes The Handmade Pie and Ale House got the thumbs up from us all and two thumbs from Jo!
I will let my guest reviewer Gemma, from Bristol Foodie take up the story……
I’m lucky enough to have great family and friends in Dorset so visit fairly regularly. A few visits ago the Handmade Pie and Ale House in Weymouth caught my attention, and I vowed that we would simply have to eat there!
We popped in one Tuesday evening hoping that they would have a table. I was pleasantly surprised to see how busy it was. The pub is split into two levels, a bare and more casual dining downstairs where food and drinks are ordered at the bar, and a more formal setting upstairs where you can expect table service. As it was early in the week, the upstairs dining room was closed so we took a table in the bar (one of the last ones they had left!).
The setting was pleasant, natural wood, casual and relaxed, the TVs on the wall showing BBC News were somewhat off putting and stood as a reminder that this was more of a pub than a restaurant. However our table was nice and the rest of the decor was just right so we pored over the menu deliberating on which flavour to go for. Pie fillings ranged from traditional steak and ale to the more elaborate fillings including chinese pie!
I opted for the GCK, a garlic chicken and mushroom pie in shortcrust pastry. My boyfriend had the Aussie steak pie, steak in a cheddar cheese gravy, odd but intriguing!
All the pies are handmade and cooked to order, and the menu explained that we could expect a 20 minute wait for our food to arrive. We sat back and soaked in the atmosphere, me with a glass of merlot and my boyfriend with a pint of ale.
Our food when it arrived was beautifully presented. The pie’s were presented out of a dish which I liked and meant the chefs were really able to show off their craftsmanship. My boyfriend’s pie was served on a bed of mashed potato with a side of baked beans, my chips and peas were served in a miniature chip basket and miniature colander. Quirky yes, but fun and it made me smile.
Sam’s Aussie Pie had hearty chunks of steak in a rich cheddar cheese gravy. It wasn’t as weird as it sounded, it actually tasted beautiful. The flavour of the cheese came through clearly without overpowering the other ingredients and added a beautiful creaminess to the dish.
The mash and chips were good, not outstanding, but an enjoyable accompaniment to the pies. The gravy, served in separate boats was rich and flavoursome. Portions were generous, perhaps a little too generous – I think there was perhaps too much mash and there were certainly too many chips for me to finish.
Living in Bristol I am a diehard pieminister fan and love eating in the pie shops we have here, so my expectations were high. I’m pleased to say that I really enjoyed my experience at The Handmade Pie and Ale House, not only would I recommend it to others but I’m keen to go back! Definitely a treat waiting for my next visit.
All photographs courtesy of The Handmade Pie & Ale House
The Handmade Pie & Ale House
2 Queen Street
(History: The Handmade Pie & Ale House was the Giant Pot and before that The Terminus)
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