Even though much of my wandering around the city is on well-worn paths, I occasionally run into a place that has completely eluded my attention. This was the case with my visit to Graham Cherrie, today.
On the same stretch as the Sicilian Pastry Shop and Bramble, Cherrie is a local butcher that looks like it has been part of the community for some time, and has indeed been trading from this spot since 1982.
I was lured in by a mention of hot pies which sounded like the ideal lunchtime treat on a slightly chilly day.
The friendly counter man paused from his chopping to confirm that they did indeed have hot pies and would I like a steak or a scotch? Of course I ordered one of each.
For the princely sum of £2.30 I left with pies in hand.
I started with the steak pie. The pastry was lovely, flaky and golden. The filling was suitably meaty with good chunks of quality beef.
The scotch pie was a couple of notches better than that, with excellent crisp pastry and a filling that was beautifully seasoned and deeply pleasing. It was one of the best pies I’ve sampled in a good long time.
So overall, I was delighted to finally make my acquaintance with Graham Cherrie’s delicious pies. The butcher’s shop looked really good, too, so do stop by soon, pick up something for the pot, and sample a tasty pie to keep you going.
Address: 26 Albert Street, Edinburgh EH7 5LG