Pies. When it comes to winter warmers in this country, there are few that can hold a candle to this simple, yet delicious Aussie staple.
That love for the humble ‘rat’s coffin’ is just as strong in Newcastle and surrounds, with pie purveyors littered across the Hunter Valley.
We asked you, last week, which of these provided the best examples of the pie in our fair region and there certainly was no shortage of chatter and strong opinions.
So, after trawling through your plethora of answers, we bring you a handy little guide on where to get the best pies in this part of the world…as voted by you.
1. Blakeney’s Pies
52 Melbourne Street, East Maitland/ 235 Maitland Road, Mayfield
This iconic eatery, with locations in East Maitland and Mayfield put in a strong showing in our recent sausage roll poll, placing a respectable third.
However, it seems pies are Blakeney’s raison d’être with their solid array of traditional (bacon, mushroom, kidney etc), classic (cheese and bacon, tomato and onion) and gourmet ( egg and bacon, stroganoff) capturing the imaginations and taste buds of hungry punters from across the Valley.
One fan even went as far as to tell us they would not eat pies from anywhere else. A good wrap, indeed.
Perfect pastry? Check. Ample, quality filling? Check, check. Delicious gravy? Check, check, check. What more could you want?
2. Millers Pie and Sandwich Bar
334 Sandgate Road, Shortland/416 Lake Road, Argenton
Millers has received an awful lot of love from our readers, recently taking out top honours in our sausage roll and vanilla slice polls.
However, this humble little pie shop, with locations at Shortland and Argenton was unable to make it a gastronomic hat trick
Having sampled the perfectly-cooked offerings from Millers – in particular their hot as Hades yet ridiculously flavourful chili pie – we can attest to their deliciousness.
Check them out here
3. Merewether Fresh Bake
59 Ridge Street, Merewether
This unassuming little suburban pie shop in Ridge Street, Merewether also received a lot of love from our region’s pie aficionados.
Having sampled a few of their pies, this writer can attest to their quality – in particular, their tomato and onion pie – a gorgeous concoction that does not skimp on any ingredients.
There is very much an ‘old school’ corner store vibe in this little hole in the wall – an aesthetic that extends to their food – nothing fancy, just good honest flavours
Check them out here.
4. Barry’s Pies Blacksmiths
67 Turea Street, Blacksmiths
This one is a bit of an unknown quantity for us here, however you were very strong in your opinions on this Blacksmiths gem.
The votes came thick and fast for Barry’s largely for their eclectic range, friendly service and of course perfectly cooked pies that strike a harmonious balance between filling and casing.
One fan, giving his assessement stated: “Barry’s pies blacksmiths is leaps and bounds ahead. They aren’t cheap pies- but you get what you pay for- always good- and friendly service. Family owned for over 25 years.”
So, next time you’re in Lake Macquarie and looking for a bit of a warm-up, it seems that Barry’s is the place to go.
5. Pies To The Max
238 Hannell Street, Maryville
Another pie purveyor we at Newcastle Live have yet to sample, it seems that this spot definitely lives up to its name
One eager pie connoisseur, throwing their two cents in on our poll declared: “I’ve eaten pies from all over the place. I’m like a pie eating tourist. Pies to the max have the best pies in the hunter hands down.”
Further, it seems that their Beef, Chili and Cheese pie is something to behold, with more than one of your spruiking its awesomeness!
Check them out here.