Situated just off the harbour side of Bristol’s city centre, Lovett Pies sits cosily in a small cargo container between Pigsty and Bristol Cider Shop. It is tiny in size and inside seating availability is minimal but on a dry afternoon, I strongly urge you to visit this establishment, as it is worth it!
My boyfriend and I, Ella, her Husband and baby daughter arrived early afternoon with pie on the brain, and the men of the group had just the place. The seats inside were taken (unsurprisingly) and the fact we had a pram meant that we had to sit outside on benches, but the weather was pleasant, and we were wrapped up so didn’t mind at all. Since the business doesn’t currently have a licence, we were granted the permission to buy cider next door and drink as we wait to warm the cockles. The new parents drank hot chocolate brought out by Lovett co-founder Phil RoseBlade. He told us to stay tuned on the alcohol front.
Upon reaching the counter to order our food, it was broken to us that supplies were low due to how busy the lunch rush had been. However, there were a few of each flavour left so we near cleaned them out. This to me, reflects the popularity of the place, and rightly so.
Considering they pre-hand make the pies fresh each day, we didn’t have to wait long at all before our comforting dishes arrived. Each were branded with the letter of each flavour, so we could easily determine who ordered what. This was both useful, especially if you’re dining in a group, and creative. My boyfriend and I opted for the special of the day which consisted of melt in your mouth pulled pork, hearty pieces of black pudding and red onion which was right up my street. It was full to the brim and you could taste each ingredient within the buttery pastry, which is not always the case when it comes down to pies. Whilst black pudding is not everyone’s cup of tea, I promise you will love this if it is yours.
Our company ordered the lamb and rosemary and the beef and ale, which seemed to be mutually enjoyed. They were also accompanied with bubble, minted mushy peas and crispy bacon bits. The latter went down very well for us all as they were extremely flavoursome and the perfect consistency of crisp and juicy. To top it off they were all smothered in a rich and meaty gravy, which added to an already well-balanced dish. It is also necessary to mention that they do offer vegetarian pies which I will be sampling next time!
Ella commented that she didn’t want it to end but the table was filled with empty plates before long. The area in general is occupied by purely independent run businesses so it was satisfying to see it thriving with so many people. Therefore, Lovett Pies fits in perfectly with its locally sourced meat, vegetables and general ingredients. I highly recommend you make the effort to visit.