I spy, British pies

Brits are known for our love of pies. According to British Baker, 3 out of 4 people in the UK eat a pie a month, and with winter fast approaching, they provide the perfect comfort food for those bleak, frosty evenings. Here are a few fun facts we found regarding pies:

Shakespeare has used pie to kill off two characters

Amongst the varying causes of death in Shakespeare’s plays, two characters had the most imaginative of all: they were baked into a pie. In Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus, Titus seeks revenge on Queen Tamora by baking her sons into a pie and serving it to her. Charming!

Mince pies used to be illegal

In 1644, Oliver Cromwell banned pies as he believed they were a “pagan form of pleasure”. Thankfully, it wasn’t a complete ban on pies – just a ban on Christmas celebrations and foods that were linked with the pagan holiday, which included mince pies. The ban was finally lifted in 1660.

Eight people once paid £1,024 each for a slice of pie!

The Guinness World Record for the most expensive pie ever sold goes to the Fence Gate Inn in Lancashire, which sold a full pie for £8195 to eight guests in 2005.

It was made from £500 worth of Japanese wagyu beef fillet, Chinese matsutake mushrooms, Winter Black truffles, French Bluefoot mushrooms, gravy made from two bottles of vintage 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild wine and topped with edible gold leaf.

Destiny Foods offers a selection of delicious savoury pies, including our popular fully baked Tom’s pies.