TV chef’s pies are worth a try at pub

The chicken, pulled ham and leek pie at the Rose and Crown, Morley.
The chicken, pulled ham and leek pie at the Rose and Crown, Morley.
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You can’t beat a good pie. And what’s better than a good pie? A pie made by a top TV chef, that’s what.

For the first in a series of dining reviews in the ‘Tiser, I headed to the Rose and Crown in Morley – a bit of a drive out from Ilkeston, but definitely worth it, especially, if you like pies.

As I think I’ve already mentioned, I do.

The pie night, which has just started at the pub in Main Road – just opposite Smalley Cross motorbike shop, is Wednesday.

And their new James Martin range looked incredible on the menu.

But the proof of the pie is, of course, in the eating and these certainly lived up to their descriptions.

I went for the chicken, pulled ham and leek in a rich white wine, mature cheddar and smoked apple wood cheese sauce, topped with puff pastry.

There are various potato and veg options to choose from – I went for classic mash and mixed seasonal vegetables.

A fairly decent vegetarian option was available as my dining partner found out, opting for a four cheese and potato pie, served with proper chips and garden peas.

Mr Martin, for those of you who have seen his BBC show, is a fan of butter, which as we all know makes things taste very good.

I don’t know if there’s butter in these pies, but they did the trick for me.

The chicken was tender and the pie was full of flavour. My only criticism was the size – I could have probably managed another. But then maybe that’s just me.

The vegetarian option was delicious too and comes with more chips than most humans can manage. So I helped my dining partner out a bit with hers.

The four really tasty cheeses make it a choice worth considering even for carnivores.

For dessert I had an unusual peanut butter cheesecake. It was incredible.

Full from her mountain of chips and pie, my dining partner went for a coffee and a chocolate pot. Also very good.

The pub itself was bustling, even on a mid-week evening and for somewhere fairly out of the way.

But I put this down to great food, attentive service and a decent supply of real ales and wines, not to mention the attractive decor.

I’ll definitely be heading back to try out the other pies on the menu.