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17 Pies Everyone Must Eat In Leeds

Pastry? Good. Meat? Good.

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1. Lamb Hotpot Pie at The Botanist

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A home comfort and a half, The Botanist's hotpot pie doesn't just look grand but tastes special too. Inside that perfectly crimped shell, it's full of lamb, glorious lamb.

3. Butternut Squash Pie at White Swan

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For the best veggie pie in town head to the White Swan. Their butternut squash pie is quality (even for carnivores), complete with a cheesy crumble topping and perfect with a pint.

4. Pork, Apple & Stuffing Pie at Little Yorkshire Pie Co.

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Don't rest until you've tried all the best pork pies in Leeds. Up there in the rankings are the porky goods at Little Yorkshire Pie Co. The pork, apple and stuffing pie is everything. But just £1.50. Find them roaming at farmers markets across the city.

5. Pork Pies at Stanforth's, Skipton

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It's worth all the effort and every penny of your train ticket to venture to Skipton to visit Stanforth's, a 'Celebrated Pork Pie Establishment'. Expect a queue, then tears of happiness when you finally try one.

7. Pork Pie at Wilsons

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If you go to Crossgates for anything, go for Wilsons. A true Leeds establishment, Wilsons does all sorts of pies, but specialises in the pork variety, with their seasoned jelly and local pork. So good, they've previously won the Pork Pie Appreciation Society annual competition prize. Don't rest until you've tried one. And, if you've a special occasion coming up, or a friend who's particularly passionate about the delicacy, they'll even personalise a pie for you.

8. Steak & Ale Pie at Midnight Bell

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Just look at that lid. So wonderful. Midnight Bell use their own ale in the steak pie, and serve it alongside and steamed veg and creamy chive mash. That hangover? Gone.

9. Toasted Marshmallow Sweet Potato Pie at Red’s True Barbecue

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Oh sweet bejesus! After all those sticky ribs and BBQ plated at Red's this is the sweet finish you need: a baked sweet potato pie with a gooey toasted marshmallow topping.

10. Luxury Fish Pie at Trio

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It's Sunday. You're hungover. You really don't want to cook. Go to Trio in Headingley, get a pint, and fill all the space in your stomach with their Luxury Fish Pie. Creamy, hangover-curing goodness.

11. Chicken & Leek Pie at Roundhay Fox

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A pie to behold. Roam the park working up an appetite before tucking into the Roundhay Fox's Chicken & Leek pie, flavoured with Tewkesbury mustard and white wine, and topped with a wondrous puff pastry lid.

12. Beef in Ale Pie at Whitelock’s Ale House

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Said "gastropub" is known to Leeds locals and visitors alike, celebrated as being the oldest and most established real ale pub in the city. Their Beef & Ale Pie is a thing of love, filled with chunky cuts of beef, seeping with rich meaty gravy, and served with quality chunky chips.

13. Fish Pie at Loch Fyne

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For a break from all the meat, get classy and go to Loch Fyne. Their fish pie is creamy and rich, has a good mash to filling ratio, and doesn't have a mussel in sight.

14. Pimped Pies at Pieminister

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Oh, mother may I? Pieminister, Leeds' newest addition to the pie scene, does "pimped pies" — that's any of their fine pies with a skewer of baked halloumi, chorizo, cider battered onion rings or courgette fries. Can we have a skewer of each?

16. Pie & Mash at Town Hall Tavern

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Proudly voted Yorkshire's Best Pub in 2012, gastropub Town Hall Tavern has strong pie game. Go on Sunday, get Pie & Mash, be satisfied. Enhanced with local brew, Timothy Taylor ale, their beef pie is something to sing about — topped with a piped cone of mash!

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