Bob’s Blundabus Drivers’ Canteen
Aimless wandering is just as fun during August as it is at other times of the year. It tends to be how I discover most of the interesting new places in the city and once more this masterly tactic revealed an unusual little Festival spot in the shape of Bob’s Blundabus Drivers’ Canteen. I popped in to investigate.
Bob’s Blundabus bar is open until 3am with the attached Fringe venue hosting the 24/7 reading of the Chilcot Report. This began at 6pm on 8 August and finished at 2.45pm on 20 August.
The Canteen offers pulled pork rolls and Pieminster pies, so the latter sounded like a good option to me.
From a selection of four different fillings, I opted for the saag pie-neer (£6) which brought together spinach, paneer, pea, mango and chilli in a sesame seed-topped pie. You could add mash and mush(y peas) for an extra couple of quid or have the pie solo, topped with red wine gravy. I went with the latter.
I’d timed it well as a fresh batch had just been prepared so the chef-hatted counter man gave them a thermometer test which revealed they middle was precisely 85•C which sounded good to me. With gravy added I was on my way to find a nearby perch to commence munching.
The pie proved pretty decent with a good mix of chunky veg and squeaky cheese encased in solidly good pastry. No heather was set alight but as a quick snack on the go, perhaps teamed with a pint at the Blundabus Bar, it represented a good option. Section 33’s pie stall is a good bit better, though, so I’d suggest that as a better place to address any pie cravings this August.
So overall, I was pleased to discover the Blundabus and its pies. It provided me with just the snack I needed at that precise moment, although £6 was a pretty steep pricetag. But if you fancy a pie with your Blundabus pint, give it a whirl.