I s-pie! The 8 best local mince pies
Snow is falling, Bublé's playing... time for the mince pie chow down! There's nothing like the first mince pie of the season, but which ones should be on your shopping list? Go local with these belters, all from our very own farm shops, cafes and makers. Which is your fave?
The countdown to Christmas is on. And the most important thing? Err, which mince pie to put in our gobs (obvs). From ultra luxury all-butter pies, to quirky alternatives go local this year with these pies of delight – all available from local farm shops, cafes and makers.
1/ All Butter Mince Pies, Hobbs House Bakery, Nailsworth & Stroud
These delicious, handmade mince pies are made with a beautifully buttery pastry and a rich and zesty filling. Hobbs has been making them for decades using a classic family recipe, so they must be good. Their secret is handmade pastry as buttery and as crumbly as shortbread, wrapped around a big dollop of fruity filling and recently awarded five stars in The Guardian’s taste test. Lord save me now.
6 for £5.50
2/ Mum’s Deep Filled Mince Pies, KNEAD, Cirencester & Tetbury
Six mince pies filled with a rich spiced mincemeat with apples, muscovado sugar and lemon.
6 for £5.95
3/ Jolly Nice Farm Shop, Frampton Mansell
Oo our favourite drive through of all time … grab yourself a bag of 6 decadent mince pies from the brilliant Jolly Nice. They come in a pretty cellophane wrap, swipe some with a flat white on your way past. Whether they make it home or not is another matter.
4/ Organic Mince Pies, Daylesford Farm
These luxury pies are such a treat and so worth those calories! Moist and fruity traditional mince pies made by hand on the farm, including a buttery biscuit pastry and a sweet, jammy filling with a balance of spice, citrus and brandy. Perfect enjoyed warm with a spoonful of brandy butter. Tremble.
6 for £8.99
5/ Festive Mincemeat Pies, Huffkins Bakery, Cheltenham
These citrus and spice-infused festive mincemeat pies have a rich sweet shortcrust pastry and sugar snow dusting. Delicious! Suitable for vegetarians too, order them online or find them in their cafes in Cheltenham.
6 for £4.95
6/ Proper Mince Pies, Otis & Belle, Moreton-in-Marsh & Stow-on-the-Wold
These delectable mince pies from this hip indie bakery and cafe come deep filled and are topped with frangipane for an extra twist. Available individually just £1.50 each), by the dozen or half dozen.
6 for £7.99
7/ Viennese Mince Pies, Halls Bakery, Woodchester
Made by a fifth generation bakery (with 5 shops throughout the Cotswolds) these fancy Viennese Mince Pies come in a lovely bright Christmas box. Or go more traditional and go for a pack of Flaked Almond Mince Pies or standard Luxury Mince Pies.
6 for £9.99
8/ And for something a little different?! Head to Luxe Cafe in the heart of Cirencester, it’s the pinkest cafe you’ll ever visit, and they have fabulously quirky Mince Pie Bakewells on sale at the moment, to scoff along with your hot choc or flat white …