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Perfect Pie: Steak & Ale

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Griffin’s Perfect Pie: Steak & Ale

Griffin’s Perfect Pie: Steak & Ale - recipe supplied by The Fox & Hounds


For the mix:

2 Kgs diced beef

2 white onions

1 beef stock

5 bay leaves

Pint of your favorite ale

Pint of water


For the pastry:

450g plain flour

200g unsalted butter (diced)

Pinch of salt


To make the mix:

Roughly slice the white onion and gently fry with the diced beef until the meat is browned. Add the pint of ale, or a bit more if you like, along with the water and bring it to the boil. Stir the stock cube in and bring back to a simmer. Add the bay leaves, make a tin foil lid for the top of the pan and put in the oven at 180 degrees C for 4.5 hours.

To make the pastry:

Place flour and butter into a mixing bowl and use your fingertips to mix until you get a breadcrumb texture. Stir in the salt and knead a bit more. Add 2-4 tbsp of water and mix to a firm dough, wrap in cling film and chill.

Take your pie mix out the oven and season to taste. Split your pastry into two and roll out to form a base and a lid. Place base into a pie or tart case and then add the mix. Egg wash the rim and gently place the lid on.

Egg wash the lid and then put your pie back into the oven at 180 degrees C for another 1 hour.

Let it cool for 30 minutes after coming out of the oven, then slice and ENJOY!

The Fox & Hounds

The Fox & Hounds is a traditional, family-run pub on the outskirts of Newbury. It is owned by Nick Vine, who also owns Griffins’ Butchers in Newbury, who supplies the pub with the finest cuts of meat. Steph (daughter of Nick) runs the establishment with her brother Tom and sister Chloe. Steph and her team always offer a warm, friendly welcome with real ales and excellent locally sourced seasonal food cooked fresh every day by their professional chefs.

A Christmas drink, be it pulled or poured, comes with an extra splash of seasonal cheer at The Fox & Hounds where the festive season is always celebrated in style.

So whether you want to while away the hours with a pint of real ale, a glass of wine, or dinner with the family, we’re always happy to accommodate your needs. So please pop in and say hi.

The Fox & Hounds
Oxford Rd, Donnington,
Newbury RG14 3AP
01635 40540 

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