Every week we round up the newest openings, menus and exciting news from the food world. This week it’s British Pie Week, International Women’s Day and a new steamed bun café.

British Pie Week

A study shows that 75% of us Brits eat a pie at least once a month, so it’s only right that we take a week out to celebrate the nation’s favourite foodstuff. Pork pies are top of the list – according to research, we spent £165 million on pork pies last year – but making your own is surprisingly easy and so much more rewarding. Raise the (pork) steaks with our raised pork, rosemary and apricot pie or perfect your pastry skills with this impressive game pie from The Ritz. Don’t forget to pander to your sweet tooth, too: try this raw vegan banoffee pie for a dessert option. Everything tastes so much better within the walls of a buttery pastry crust, so there’s no excuse not to try one of our pie recipes this week.

Blueprint Cafe

To celebrate British Pie Week, Thames riverside hotspot The Blueprint Cafe in London is running a special menu featuring three unusual pie combinations from head chef Joseph Albina. Choose from ham and cockle, duck, chestnut and prune, or sink your teeth into the intriguing ‘cow pie for two’!

International Women’s Day

Brewhouse & Kitchen, the UK’s largest brew-pub group, is celebrating International Women’s Day this Wednesday by hosting complimentary all-female brewing sessions at their in-house microbreweries, complete with breakfast, lunch and beer tastings. Usually retailing at £85, the experience offers guests a hands-on introduction to brewing. Click here to find your nearest Brewhouse & Kitchen pub. Contact lucy.deare@brewhousekitchen.com to book a space.

Bun House

Get ready for the opening of Bun House, a new Chinese steamed bun cafe destined for the streets of Soho, London. The cafe, which draws inspiration from the Hong Kong tea houses of the 1960s, will be serving individually-priced Cantonese steamed buns, stuffed with all sorts of sticky fillings like barbecue pork belly, lamb, chicken and fish. Head downstairs to speakeasy-style drinking den ‘Tea Room’ afterwards for an exciting selection of Chinese cocktails and craft beer. Opening on 27 March.

The Game Bird

This month, The Stafford London will relaunch its restaurant The Game Bird, an exciting new culinary venture by head chef James Durrant. The menu will be a celebration of British cooking, making the most of diverse produce, from Orkey sea scallops to Salt Marsh mutton, as well as plenty of game dishes and a dedicated oyster menu. Catching our eye most of all is the Sunday roast with all the trimmings, served from a trolley.

 

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