Pieminister located on Angel Row, just off of the Old Market Square in Nottingham is renowned for serving an extensive range of gourmet pies containing quality ingredients. The venue has been open for just over 2 years now and boasts a range of seating for both couples and groups with other secluded areas that groups can be seated in. The venue has a casual feel to it with bright neon lights contrasting against the rustic wood. Further to this, they have a couple of long tables for groups where the condiments and menus in kept in a sunken groove in the middle of the table which keeps them nicely out of the way.
This Summer, Pieminister have introduced a brunch offering to their venues and I recently went to try out the launch of their new ‘bangin bottomless brunch’ menu. As part of their new bottomless brunch, at weekends diners can enjoy an item of their choice from the brunch menu and an unlimited amount of prosecco, bloody Marys, mimosas and Aperol Spritz. This offer lasts for 90 minutes so fill your boots.
Their brunch menu offers brunch pies such as the ‘Morning Glory’ containing a free range sausage, bacon, cheddar and potato hash top pie with cheese béchamel, a baked egg, tomato and crispy bacon or a vegetarian alternative called ‘Munch Brunch’ containing smoked cheese, vegetarian sausage, chestnut mushroom and potato hash top pie with a baked egg, tomato and crispy halloumi. In addition to these, their brunch menu also offers skillets which are similar to the brunch pies although they do offer a new vegan alternative skillet called the ‘Hokey Smoky’ which consists of vegan sausage, vegan cheese, smokey baked beans served with toast and spicy fried potatoes. All of the above are served with a side of smoky baked beans. They also offer avocado on a sourdough toast and there is the choice of smoky beans, halloumi and bacon to order as sides.
From their brunch menu we went for the mimosa which was a refreshing drink made with a mix of prosecco and orange juice. The dryness of the prosecco is counterbalanced by the sweetness of the orange making it a perfect drink for brunch. We also had a bloody Mary which was smooth and slightly sweet from the tomato juice and a fiery kick from the Tabasco sauce. To eat we both opted for the brunch pie. The Morning Glory pie (£7.95 or £20 as part of the bottomless brunch deal) comes with a side of smoky baked beans and is their signature breakfast pie consisting of free range sausage, bacon, cheddar and potato hash top pie with cheese béchamel, a baked egg, tomato and crispy bacon. The pie came with two slices of crisp and crunchy fried bread, which had an excellent crunch whilst also not being too greasy. The fried bread was also perfect for dipping into the side of smoky beans. The smoky beans were in a rich tomato sauce, with a strong smokiness to both the sauce and the beans. The beans also had a slight bit of heat that hits the back of the throat. The crust to the pie was well flavoured from the cheese but slightly overdone and dry. The crisp hash topping worked well with the pie and helped accommodate flavours that remind you of brunch and transformed the classic pie into a suitable brunch dish. The hash top added further texture and taste to the dish with the bacon adding a slight smokiness and saltiness. Inside, the pie had good sized chunks of sausage that were well seasoned with pepper. The creamy béchamel sauce helped to bind the pie together whilst also adding flavour. The poached egg was perfectly cooked with runny, golden yolk on the inside whilst still being silky and smooth on the outside. The placement of the poached egg on the top of the pie allowed all of the yolk to trickle down into the pie, when cut, to further enhance the flavours. Overall, the flavours worked really well with each other and they all brought something different to the dish.
The food arrived around 15 minutes after ordering and the service was fairly attentive and friendly with refills being offered shortly after we had finished our drinks. The £20 brunch deal is a good offer, particularly if you can put away the Prosecco.
This was a complimentary meal. However, regardless of this, I always try and provide an honest and well balanced opinion of any venues I visit that will allow you to gain a better understanding of the quality of their food offering and service.
Location: 57 Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 6JB.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11:30AM till 10PM, Saturday 10AM till 11PM and Sunday 10AM till 9:30PM.
Phone number: 0115 8246600