All about pies!


Wow! What a busy weekend at The Q! But fear not, We haven’t stopped there!

Rest-assured that we’ll keep on giving you plenty of gift ideas right up until our last shipping day, which is still a few weeks away yet.

I’m back with Brett from The Real Pie Company at Midnight this Thursday launching his exciting TSV for Friday: The 12-piece Best Of Real Pie Selection.

He has put together a fantastic collection providing a great way to experience some of their best sellers, many of which are award-winning.

So whether you are already a Real Pie Company fan or perhaps new to the brand, it is a very cost-effective way to sample their delights.pies

Based in West Sussex, the company was started by an artisan butcher, who was unimpressed with pies he found on offer locally and started to make Real Pies to sell in the shop.

Things have moved on since those early days but Brett and his current team of only nine regular pie makers insist on sticking to their original ideals – their slogan “crammed to the crust” is certainly true. It’s not just about volume, it’s the quality of the steak, pork and chicken – Brett generally sources his beef from Ireland and pork often from Sussex, and chicken from East Anglia, as he says he tends to work with suppliers who he knows will deliver the best quality at a great price.

The art of the pie maker includes a great understanding of pastry and The Real Pie Co’s pastry is excellent – as I’ve often said on-air I’m not a big pastry fan and have been known to scoop out the contents of inferior brands and leave the pastry – I can honestly say I have never done this with A Real Pie Co pie – the pastry is part of the whole experience.

As you’ll see our TSV is not just about pies – there are two Sussex pasties and two sausage rolls in the hamper – all freshly baked and delivered to your door chilled – ready to eat, re-heat, freeze or refrigerate – the choice is yours. Brett always advises re-heating in an oven and pulls a face when I say in my haste I used the microwave! It’s true that to get the best experience you should re-heat in an oven.

Each pie/sausage roll or pasty are individually wrapped – all the necessary info is on the packaging – which helps knowing what lies beneath the light crusty pastry.

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Brett is a regular on Andi Peters’ food fest, and Andi and I are back together on Monday – now we’ve retrieved him from the Australian Jungle.

If you would like to make sure you get your pie selection before it sells out, join myself and Brett at midnight this Thursday for Friday’s mouthwatering TSV.

It’s a perfect Winter Warmer Solution!

Here’s a breakdown for you :

2 x Steak & Stout (230g) – family fave !

2 x Peppered Steak (230g) – My all time fave (and Brett’s)!

2 x Chicken & Mushroom (230g) – my daughter Ali’s fave!

2 x Chicken & Leek (230g) – Mrs F’s Fave

2 x Real Sussex Pasty (220g) – Son Jack’s fave !

2 x Sausage Rolls (180g) – family fave!

Of course Toby and Ellie are always close by when we cut open the pies – don’t worry I never let them have any steak and stout or the peppered steak 🙂


Until next time stay satiated and comfortable!

Dale x


  1. Val November 25, 2016 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    Glad Dale enjoys these pies because the ones I had, had practically no meat in them!
    ‘filled to the brim’…are you kidding!

    • dale franklin November 30, 2016 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

      Val, really sorry to hear this – I sincerely hope you contacted our Customer Services as I know Brett would be keen to discuss this further with you – all the pies I have ever eaten from The Real Pie Co have all been “Crammed to the Crust” – If you haven’t already please contact out CS on 0800 514131 – Dale x

  2. sue November 27, 2016 at 12:29 am -  Reply

    sent the pies to 84 yr old mum for an early xmas present . Cannot wait to hear how she likes them !

    • dale franklin November 30, 2016 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

      What a lovely daughter you are Sue ! I’m sure she’ll love them – Dale x

  3. martin forbes December 2, 2016 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    hope you and your good lady are well hope you dfont mind me asking how is your chidren getting onb at university iam well had a cough for 3weeks annoying taking plenty of mixture sent your card in the post on tuesday morning you should get it soon

  4. sue December 5, 2016 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Well Dale , the pies arrived for mum and she says they are stuffed to the brim and taste delicious , so filling .A hit , thank you so much

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