Pie-Eyed, Sheffield, NZ

image

We love pie. Almost as much as these guys. And by pie we mean the savoury kind: meat, cheese, potato or veg wrapped in a flakey pastry.
image
Fortunately New Zealand takes pies seriously and sometimes the best pies are found in the most unlikely places. Take, for example, The Sheffield Pie Shop.

Located in a one horse whistle stop in the middle of the Canterbury Plains in the middle of the South Island, this self advertised “Best Pie Shop in NZ” shop probably wouldn’t have lured us in had it not been lunch time and had it not been for the two fellas sitting outside chomping down on pie. They certainly looked like they knew a thing or two about pies and wouldn’t lunch on anything but the finest. We pulled over.

Greeted by a long queue, the wafting aroma of hot pie, and a mouth watering assortment of pies, we set about the toughest decision of the day: paring down the pie choice. In the end we went for traditional (steak and cheese), locavore (venison), and experimental (Mexican- bean chili).
image

Everything was delicious, flakey crust, thick gravy, big meaty chunks of tender flavorful meat – we may really have found the best “Best Pie Shop in NZ” in NZ.

We’ll have to go back to try the dessert case.
image

As we left we snapped a picture of the shop. The two guys were just finishing up their lunch and as we took the picture they got up. For a minute we thought we might be the next course, then they laughed and they proudly patted their stomachs.
image

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Express Yourself.”

Advertisements