Pies have a pretty bad rep in terms of being the number one type of food associated with weight gain. You don’t hear fans at football matches singing, “Who ate all the chocolate fudge cake?”

Following extensive research we’ve found that there isn’t a massive pie culture in Belfast. Pies are not a regular fixture on most menus here.

However, that’s not to say you can’t get a great pie in Belfast – you just need to know where to look.

To that end, we’ve picked our top 7 pie makers and sellers in the city…

1. Jolly Pies

Morning Star and other locations throughout Belfast

Jolly Pies

Jolly Pies are mainly event based but they also provide pies, quiches and sausage rolls to The Morning Star and also The Pantry Cafe & Kitchen at Crescent Arts Centre.

You’ll also find them at the Kingspan for Ulster Rugby matches or in the VIP section (should you be lucky enough to get in) at Tennent’s Vital.

Grass Fed Beef & Hilden Stout Pie is a big seller, but they’ve also got some mouth-watering seasonal specials including Pheasant, Smoked Bacon & Belfast Whiskey Pie and Venison, Red Cabbage & Dark Chocolate Pie.

They’ve also recently teamed up with Gallopers Ale to produce a pie for the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival. The Gold Cup – Beef Cheek, Mushroom & Gallopers Ale Pie.

2. Barking Dog

33-35 Malone Rd

Barking Dog Fish Pie

It’s hard to look past the Beef Shin burger in the Barking Dog, but if you choose to cast your net a little further, this amazing Fish Pie will not let you down.

3. James Street South Bar & Grill

21 James Street South

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Especially for British Pie Week they’ve put together this amazing pie featuring the best of local meat and beer – Glenarm Steak & Gallopers Ale. This Gallopers stuff appears to be ready made for pies!

4. Made In Belfast

1-2 Wellington St

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You’ll not always find pie on the menu in Made In Belfast, but when you do it’s worth the wait. Highlights – or should that be pielights – include their Venison Pie, Sustainable Fish Pie and the slow cooked Shepherd’s Pie with County Antrim lamb and pinenut crust pictured above.

5. Whites

2-4 Winecellar Entry

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You’d expect to get old favourites in one of Belfast’s oldest pubs, and you’ll not be disappointed to see the menu is topped with a Steak & Guinness Pie. Best enjoyed beside the fire!

6. Sweet Afton

12 Brunswick St

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It says a LOT for the quality of the Fish Pie on offer that we’re willing to forgo our usual order of burger and chips. This gluten free offering is topped with a delicious combo of cheddar mash & poached egg and served with herb peas. And yes, the runny yoke of the egg mixes in perfectly with the mash…

7. Lavery’s

12-18 Bradbury Pl

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There’s a couple of pies on the menu in Lavery’s. For meat lovers there’s a Steak & Guinness Pie (one of those excellent ones with the detachable lid), but the good news for vegetarians is you can get a meat-free Shepherd’s Pie made with Quorn mince.

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