Great tasting pies, but the gluten free recipe could use a revamp and nutritional info could be more transparent.
Although not renowned for their nutritional value but for their comfort factor, a pie is definitely a staple British meal. Pie chain Square Pie appears to have taken the high road regarding dietary inclusion and 1) created a gluten free steak pie and 2) published some nutritional info.
Not ones to pass up an opportunity to tuck into a good meal we decided to sample the gluten free steak pie to see how it stood up against the others.
One opinion came from someone who isn’t a celiac and one who is. Unsurprisingly, opinions on the gluten free pie were split.
The non-coeliac said, ‘Point blank, the gluten free was disappointing, the crust was reminiscent of a thick tortilla chip – crispy, not flaky and the filling was salty. So disappointing was the gluten free pie that the mash, gravy and peas were a better gastronomical experience than the main’.
The other opinion, which came from a coeliac was far more favourable: ‘Although not as attractive as the other pies, it was a good alternative. The steak could have used a little more seasoning and I would have preferred if it was a classic pie and not a pot pie. However, given that I generally have no access to this type of treat it’s great to know that this is now an option’.
Personal opinions aside both testers were impressed when they were informed by staff that all sides are gluten free.
The provision of nutritional information was promising at first but on closer inspection was a little disappointing. Information is currently only available for the Mushroom and Asparagus Pie, Chicken, Leek and Ham Pie, Steak and Guinness Pie and Lamb and Rosemary Pie. The information is provided per 100g and pies are either 280g or 180g in weights so you will need to grab a calculator to establish what the true nutritional value of your pie is.
We were only able to find nutritional information for the Steak and Guinness pie we sampled for which we were able to calculate the following values:
So although they claim that their pies only have 13g of fat per 100g is true, it is worth bearing in mind that their classic pies are considerably larger than 100g. If you fancy a pie for a cheat meal but don’t want to go overboard, you’re best to opt for a small pie which weighs 180g
What we tried:
Gluten free Steak pie
Steak and Guinness Pie
What we liked
In keeping with its reputation, these pies genuinely filled the hole
What we would do differently
Revisit the gluten free recipe Bite the bullet and publish the nutritional information for each pie, not for a fraction of the pie.
Can you eat here?
Value for money
The classic pie is £4.80 The gluten free steak pie meal deal is £7.20
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