Review: Pieminister, Leeds

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It’s the savoury snack synonymous with a half time treat at football matches.

But now serving up the perfect pie seems like the ultimate recipe for success for the latest addition to Leeds’ dining scene.

Family-run company Pieminister has opened up its biggest venue yet at the former Oxfam shop, on Duncan Street.

The Bristol-based business snapped up the site last year and has spent the last three months stripping away the floors, walls and ceilings to transform the venue.

Little Oliver decided to venture to the new eatery which opened its doors earlier this week.

And with the enormous queues already forming during a mid-week lunch break Pieminister is already proving to be a hit with diners.

My lunch companion and I were pleasantly surprised at how full the restaurant already was when we stopped by for lunch.

It was packed with business types through to groups of shoppers watching the hustle and bustle of Leeds pass them by at the site, which is directly opposite the majestic Corn Exchange.

The new restaurant boasts metallic quirky decor inside which includes an unusual “shed” dining area with brightly coloured lighting.

There are also quirky glass dome decorations running along the top of the dining area which house objects such as potatoes, stock cubes and giant “free range” eggs to add to the eye-catching atmosphere.

My lunch companion and I ended up having to share a menu because the restaurant was so busy.

As we perused our way down the list of pies it was clear to see there was something for everyone.

Among the selection was the Kate and Sidney, a homage to the British beef steak and kidney pie, as well as the Deerstalker, which was a venison offering.

My lunch companion decided to settle for the Chicken of Aragon with a side order of mashed potato.

The thick and crispy pastry was a huge hit and she said it just melted in her mouth.

The filling which included chicken, smoked bacon and tarragon was perfectly seasoned.

I settled for the Cheeky Chick, which left me feeling slightly odd when requesting it from our waiter – it certainly raised a smile.

The chicken, white wine and leek hot pot came served in a small pie dish with crispy potatoes thinly sliced on top.

It was a delightful treat and certainly worth the wait while the busy kitchen handled the orders from diners.

Overall our meal, which included two soft drinks, came to a reasonably priced £21.50.

PIEMINISTER

Address: Duncan Street, Leeds LS1 6DQ

Rating: *****

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