Apart from roasts, there is only one other thing the British do better than Aussies. Their Pies! So it was always going to be a win win situation when The Hope joined up with pie making experts Pieminister to produce the best made pies in London.
Arriving with my friend after a long day at work, we were greeted by friendly staff who showed us upstairs for a more intimate dining experience. Downstairs was absolutely packed with after work drinkers so it was lovely to have a smaller space to be able to eat our meal.
For starters, we chose the Mixed olives, Baked camembert, Free range pigs in blankets with honey and mustard and pickles. They were delicious and the perfect starter size given the enormous Mothershop Pies we were having for our mains.
What is the The Mothership Pie you ask? Well it’s your choice of pie, served on a bed of mash with minty mushy peas, gravy with Cheddar & crispy shallots. It’s huge and for only £11.50… it’s an absolute bargain!
I chose the CHICKEN OF ARAGON, a huge pie filled with free range British chicken, smoked bacon & tarragon. While my friend went with the FUNGI CHICKEN, filled with free range British chicken, field & chestnut mushrooms. These two pies were definitely the food of the Gods. Every mouthful was ecstasy. I’ve never been a fan of minty mushy peas but the Mothership was a game changer. I’ve now been converted to the wonders of minty mushy peas. I’m still dreaming about these pies and can’t wait to visit the Hope again to try the other pies on the menu. There really is a pie for everyone whether you’re a meat eater or a vegetarian.
The only let down of my meal was my dessert as my Sticky Date Pudding was a little cold. My friend had no problem though with her Chocolate Brownie. I had food envy the second it was placed in front of her.
Our meal was washed down with a delicious bottle of Pinot GrigioRosato. The light wine was the perfect compliment to the heaviness of our mains.
Next time you visit The Hope, make sure you also try one of their fabulous Gin and Tonics. Staff will be happy to make you their favourites and provide you with detailed information about the distillars they stock.
The Hope is located a short walk from Farringdon Station so there’s no excuse not to visit.
Reporter: Tegan LeBon
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