Pies are usually quite a popular choice for dinner in The Family Jen. However it’s a tricky situation, as everyone has their own preferences. One of us doesn’t eat any meat at all, another avoids most meats, two of the others are somewhat picky with the types. We only have one avid meat eater here. So, we called in some help. Granny and Mike.
A new range of Walkers pies includes three different varieties of two-pie packs: Supreme Steak & Stilton, Sumptuous Steak and Classic Chicken, White Wine & bacon (2x 250g) and a single Glorious Chicken & Chorizo Pie (250g).
The pies look rather splendid. They come in lovely cardboard boxes, with fabulous colouring. Each pie enclosed in its own little space.
I planned things very carefully, and offered the chicken and wine pie to my son (who doesn’t like steak but likes chicken), the chicken and chorizo pie to my elder daughter (who doesn’t like steak or wine in food), while Neets and I avoided them (sorry, I don’t eat meat and Neets avoids at all costs). Then The Husband tried a steak and stilton one night and a chicken another. For Granny and Mike we let them try the steak.
So how did it all go?
Rhys’s verdict on the chicken and wine version was that it’s very tasty, but very filling. He struggled to manage his whole dinner. This is unusual as I often think he has hollow legs. He said the pastry was different and he likes it.
Lucy, she enjoyed the pastry, but found the fillings a little too much for her tastes. Again, she couldn’t manage it all.
The Husband, well, he wasn’t keen on the steak and stilton pie. He found the stilton taste to be too unusual. Too strong. He only had one bite and left the rest. However, he really enjoyed the chicken pie and said he prefers it to the usual pies I buy.
The most significant thing I noticed about the pies was their size. They are rather chunky and large. So perhaps I made the mistake of making a full dinner to go with them. I served with potatoes and two servings of vegetables. I think I could easily have left the potatoes out.
Granny and Mike agreed with the serving size. They actually shared one pie between them and found that a appropriate size. The verdict from Granny and Mike on the steak pie was that they found the pastry quite thick. They both prefer thinner pastry. They also would have preferred chunkier steak. But I suppose this is all down to preference.
The general appearance and consistency of the pies is good quality. They are easy to reheat, although it’s annoying to have to have the oven on Gas Mark 4 for half an hour, as I couldn’t cook anything else in the oven at such a low temperature. So it did take some time to make dinner.
From my point of view, and not from the eating side of things, I was a little taken aback with the price. The pies cost £2.79 in the individual size, and £4.99 for the twin pack. Yes, I can see quality in the products, but for a family meal this is too much for a budget.
All in all, the product is decent and well made. Walkers are aiming for a traditional pie, and they have achieved that. They are packaged well, in eye-catching boxes (fully recyclable) and have tasty sounding fillings that I think will appeal to many pie lovers.
Fuss Free Living Ratings for Walkers Hot pies
Taste 4/5 The Chicken pies got the thumbs up more so than the steak.
Value 2/5 They may be the more sophisticated pie on the market, but I’m thinking family meals here. I’m sorry, they are just too expensive to consider for family meals.
Convenience 4/5 Easy to heat up and very filling, so an easy fulfilling meal.
Nutritional information per pie
Chicken, Bacon and white wine pies:
Walkers pies are available at Waitrose RRP of £2.79 for the single pie and the two-pack pies at £4.99.
For more information on Walkers pies, visit their website.
Thank you for the Walkers pies