‘We compared steaks and ale pies from Pukka, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Charlie Bigham’

With a slow-cooked steak and delicious pastry, it’s no wonder that the humble steak and ale have become a British favourite. But who makes the best version?

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Steak and ale have been voted the UK’s favorite – which is no surprise.

Delicious steaks in gravy wrapped in pastry – that makes you proud to be British.

As a nation, we stick to the idea that pleasant satiety can be improved by sticking a pastry cover on top.

And since it’s British Cake Week, there doesn’t seem to be a better time to check out which supermarket version is the best.

Pies are one of the most comforting treats – but there’s so much variety on offer and prices can add up quickly.

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To try a variety, I bought two supermarket-brand meat and pies, followed by a version of Pukka Pies, Pieminster and Charlie Bigham.

The nation’s favorite flavored pie – steak and beer



Pukka Steak pie

I had high hopes for this release – but sadly they were all but dissipated very quickly. Cheese and Onion Pukka was a regular occurrence in my childhood, and remains a favorite.

But this… I know it’s a mistake when I stick my fork into a half-baked cake, while the pastry surrounding the filling spills instantly.

There wasn’t much meat but that didn’t seem to matter after a few drinks, which confirms that it was rather tasteless and pungent. The gravy was very flat and watery, and sadly it didn’t taste good at all.

Sainsbury’s Steak and Ale pie

The pastry is not flaky and has a bit more meat than the one from Pukka. It was still quite tasteless, and the bland food clung to my palate.

The meat was finely minced and tasted pretty good. Shame as I expected more from Sainsbury’s.

Pieminster Steak and Ale pie

This dish is generously filled and very fragrant. It may be a little too fragrant but who complains after the tasteless dishes before. The brand says it’s their best-selling cake and has been awarded numerous Great Taste Awards.

It had some crispy onions on top but they were tasteless. The top shell is very thick, which means it doesn’t collapse instantly and holds its shape well. It looks homemade but in a very ‘effortable’ way. A good comfort food offering.

The downside is that it seemed a bit too sweet and I couldn’t really enjoy the taste of the beer.

Tesco Steak and Ale pie

This dish looks lovely and is full of lovely tender steak, although the consistency seems a bit mushy. It was SO DELICIOUS, as if someone had accidentally knocked over the blender and overcooked the filling. Not a problem for me but others may prefer something less peppery. It tastes exactly like the Greggs Steak Bake which, in my eyes, is a compliment.

Charlie Bigham Steak and Ale pie

This food is good. The steak really tasted like steak and it even contained some vegetables. You can really taste the ale and the cake cuts well and keeps its shape well. The cake was lovely and flaky.

The overall combination of the filling is lovely, and it is seasoned to match.

Winner: Pieminster

I doubt this is the case, but was hoping there might be a supermarket surprise in the mix. If you’re looking for a cheaper unbranded product, Tesco still scores well.

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