A 400-year-old Shropshire tradition with a twist

It was in danger of becoming a distant foodie memory until a couple of bearded chefs rode into the county on two wheels a couple of years ago.

But thanks to Hairy Bikers Dave Myers and Si King and their Food Tour Of Britain, fidget pie has seen something of a renaissance by bringing the dish to a new generation.

And as the winter nights begin to draw in, Shropshire’s 400-year-old answer to the Cornish pasty is set to warm the cockles as the star of The Wroxeter Hotel’s new home comforts menu.

With layers cider and mustard-infused ham and apple encased in rich shortcrust pastry, chef Sally O’Brien has added an additional county twist by using Wroxeter Cider from the Roman vineyard just down the road.

Hotel owner Hannah Hall said the home comforts menu was all about “food that made you feel good”.

“Although we’re having a bit of an Indian summer right now, autumn is just around the corner and that’s a time for filling, wholesome food that warms you up from the inside,” she said.

“The star of our new home comforts menu is a traditional fidget pie made with Shropshire gammon, apples and even cider from the vineyard just down the road.

“Despite it being our county dish, it seemed to have fallen out of favour over the past few decades and a lot of younger people have never even heard of it.

“But after showcasing it on their TV show, The Hairy Bikers have brought fidget pie back to the forefront of Shropshire food and it is already proving to be a diners’ favourite.”

Another popular dish one the home comforts menu is locally produced sausages with mash and red wine gravy, again made from wine from The Wroxeter Roman Vineyard.

There is also a vegetarian version of fidget pie, which Mrs Hall said had proved popular even with non-vegetarian customers.

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