Back in March we embarked on an epic journey through Wigan for National Pie Week. We visited a whole host of pie making legends, but the one that impressed us most was Baldy’s – multi-award winning pies being cooked on a random industrial estate on the edge of the town.
Well, news has reached our ears that Baldy’s will be coming to Ancoats this weekend, taking over Blossom Street Social on Sunday 1st May – and we couldn’t be happier!
Even with the seemingly endless English language, and indeed some fine imagery, it’s still difficult to convey just how good these pies actually are; they’ve won three prizes at the National Pie Awards over the years and even claimed the coveted ‘Ben Brown’s Most Delicious Mouthful’ prize of March 2022 – which I’m sure they’re very happy to hear about.
Run by chef Alex Melling, Baldy’s is a seriously impressive outfit, and they’ve brought their experiences of working in top Michelin-starred kitchens to their set-up in Wigan.
You’ll find brisket that has been slow-cooked for a whopping 14 hours, gravy that takes over 2 days to make, and unique ‘crumbs’ on the top that complement the flavours perfectly.
We were blown away by The Big Jim, with braised beef shin, bone marrow, confit onion and a pistachio crumb – as you can see from the pictures – it’s a thing of true beauty. As are they all.
Baldy’s will be taking over at Blossom Street Social in Ancoats this Sunday 1st May from 2pm – 6pm.
Pies need to be pre-ordered directly with Alex by message on Facebook or 07743 727551