Thursday, 31 March 2016

A Review of Skipton Pie and Mash Shop, North Yorkshire

We welcome a lot of tourists and visitors to the town and as part of my day job, I'm lucky enough to eat in and review local restaurants.

A leisurely dinner in an elegant restaurant is always wonderful and there are few things I enjoy more, but sometimes, especially when out for the day with (seemingly permanently starving) children, we need something straight forward and which does what it says on the tin so to speak. With this in mind, I'd like to recommend Skipton Pie and Mash Shop. It is one of the only places to sit and eat traditional pie and mash in the North. Located in the canal basin very close to Coach Street Car Park, it's easy to find and enjoys beautiful views over the canal. 

It's very well signposted...

Skipton pie and mash shop

Skipton pie and mash shop

I visited with my friend Sally on a busy Friday lunchtime. So busy in fact that the chef was making more pies as they had run out, testament to the popularity of this family owned café. 
The menu is written on a blackboard and offers a wide selection of pies, baked on the premises and served with a choice of chips or mash and mushy or garden peas. 

Orders are placed at the counter and then brought to the table. I chose steak and ale pie with mushy peas and Sally opted for the Homity pie with garden peas. Neither of us could resist the chunky homemade chips. The pies are substantial and hearty yet the pastry is light and flaky. Mine was generously filled with steak, locally sourced. Sally’s was equally packed with leek, onion, potato and cheese. 

Skipton pie and mash shop

Skipton pie and mash shop

There is a wide selection of pies including vegetarian and gluten free options as well as a selection of soups. Drinks include bottled soft drinks, hot drinks and a small wine selection, so there is something for everyone.

The café has extra seating up the most colourful flight of steps I ever did see. 

Clarks pale pink Chelsea boots and bright staircase

This is where we sat. It was homely and welcoming with a fireplace, beamed ceiling and various memorabilia paying homage to the owners’ interest in the waterways.

Despite the heartiness of our main courses, being blessed with generous appetites and having seen the array of mouthwatering cakes on display, we were unable to resist a dessert.  Sally, something of a connoisseur ordered her favourite- hot chocolate pudding with ice-cream. She thoroughly enjoyed it and said it was the best she’d ever tasted.  The hot puddings and scones are baked freshly on the premises by the chef each day. The cakes and tray-bakes are brought in each day from the local Craven Bakery and it was one of their carrot cakes that I had, served with pouring cream. The bakery itself has an excellent reputation so it came as no surprise that the cake was as light, moist and as delicious as it looked.

Food review

Carrot cake

It’s little wonder Chef had to make more pies when the food tastes this good!

If you visit Skipton I hope you'll give this brilliant cafe a try. You could even take a canal boat trip afterwards.

Skipton canal boat

Skipton canal boat


Love Lizzy x


Skipton Pie & Mash Shop                                                                                   
Waterside Court                                                                                                          
Coach Street                                                                                                      
Skipton                                                                                                                             
01756 228371                                                                       
www.skiptonpieandmash.co.uk
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11 comments

  1. Wow that looks delicious, and your dress looks fab too! It's a shame Skipton is so far away from me as I love pie & mash! It does look like a great place to visit so maybe we will have to venture up there one of these days.

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    1. It was so delicious Bee. Good, honest, straight-forward food! Skipton and the surrounding areas are beautiful and well worth a visit! xxx

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  2. Yum; I'm so hungry right now I really shouldn't have read your post! That pie looks super, and I'd be all over those desserts as well. You look adorable, as per usual (!) in your dress and boots combination; love that! xx

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    1. It was a delicious pie!
      Aw, thank you for the lovely compliment. The dress is soooo comfy and easy to wear and I just love those boots xxx

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  3. Those pies look absolutely divine. I do miss proper English pies... but the fact that this place does gluten free options is fabulous! If I ever visit that part of the world, I'll be sure to pay it a visit!
    And as for the outfit, well, it's just perfect, especially for eating such hearty food (and dessert). I guess it didn't matter if your tummy strained a little? lol! I'm also a huge fan of pockets so it's more appealing to me. Love the boots too!
    Suzy x
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    1. It was a delicious pie but I was very glad of the loose fitting dress given the heartiness f the meal! It's an ideal place for a pit-stop if visiting Skipton and as you say, is excellent for offering gluten-free options xxx

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  4. It looks and sounds lovely! Those chips are huge! It's great to know that they cater for veggies etc as well. I must say, I love this dress more each time I see it! I'd love to visit Skipton sometime; we were quite close at one point in our journey to Scotland in February - unfortunately I ended up driving around, quite lost, in Kendal and the surrounding countryside after being detoured off the motorway! Not my most favourite moment, but the views were pleasant, despite the downpours, haha. xxx
    www.justemma.co.uk - natural beauty, affordable fashion, everyday life

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    1. Yes, the chips were so fat!!!! Really tasty too.
      Ah, you weren't too far then if you were in Kendal! Oh poor you though ending up in a detour! It's not easy to navigate is it on the country roads! xxx

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  5. Well I have to admit I do like a good pie! Haha, this place looks amazing and I love your dress Lizzie, it looks so easy to wear. Have a great day! Gemma x
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    1. Me too! It's perfect for getting a good heart lunch made from locally sourced ingredients! The dress is brilliant Gemma and as you say, easy to wear and very accommodating after a large lunch! Have a lovely day too xxxxxxx

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  6. It's on the list - Lee likes a pie! Thank you for this kind of feature. It makes days out at the weekend so much easier after a busy week - Mel x

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