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Sep 3, 2014 12:33 PM

Best dessert/sweet pie in London?

Just finished watching the TV show Twin Peaks and now I fancy myself a piece of cherry pie with some "damn good coffee" :)

When it comes to dessert I don't usually go for pies, so don't really know where to go. Any suggestions?

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  1. William Curley's dessert bar. Rules for old fashioned puddings, Pollen street social. Quite a number of good souffl├ęs by various places too.

    1. Are you looking for American pies in particular or desserts in general?

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      1. re: zuriga1

        OP says he doesn't normally go for pies :)

        1. re: Foxeyblue

          I think he or she can probably answer for him or herself. Maybe they don't know where to find a pie because they *usually* don't go for pies,but after seeing the programme, they wanted one.

          They didn't say they didn't know where to go for desserts.

          It's all in the interpretation. :-)

          1. re: zuriga1

            This is true. Actually I can't think of many good pie places. Foxlow used to do a cherry pie but I don't think that is on the menu anymore.

            1. re: Foxeyblue

              I know I've had a pie or two in my years here, but I can't now remember where that was. I have to bake my own if I want one (which isn't often).

              1. re: zuriga1

                Hi all. Sorry for the late reply. To clarify mostly interested in American style pies.

                I hate here in London we don't get all night diners which serve up some nice pies :)

                1. re: j.dub

                  It just dawned on me that there are some fairly new, American-style restaurants... Mishkin's is one. There is also Lucky 7 and Automat. Maybe one of these has pies in the American sense.

                  Being an American, I certainly appreciate your missing a real diner!

                  1. re: zuriga1

                    Good call. Honk,y Tonk does key lime pie and mississippi mud pie but does not get great reviews. I can't see the Bodean's dessert menu online, but pretty sure they do similar.
                    Or you could go the whole hog..

                    1. re: zuriga1

                      I love Mishkins! Shame its so small and cramped in there though. Their pudding menu doesn't look too huge. But if its good, its good right?

                      Not tried Lucky 7 or Automat, so will check them out thanks!

        2. Any specific type of pie you're thinking of?

          Veal & ham?

          Steak & ale?


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          1. re: chowyadoin99

            I think the OP means pies in the American sense... fruit, pecan etc.

          2. I was looking for American pies too! I found a place in London started by an American that do them. I ordered two pies from them and they were the real deal! http://www.fourandtwentybakeshop.com

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            1. re: mlacroce

              Oh, thanks. That's nice to know!

              The pies look fantastic. Where is the shop located?

              1. re: zuriga1

                I think they are online only at the moment. Although I saw them at a pop up at a pub in Putney. They do deliver though.

                1. re: mlacroce

                  Yes, thanks. I wrote and asked. They deliver to all London addresses.. but I live south. I'll see what I can do come Thanksgiving time.

                  1. re: zuriga1

                    Although I'm looking for a place to sit down and eat a slice, that does look great!

                    Hopefully they will open up shop somewhere in the near future.

                    But this is precisely the type of thing I'm looking for! Thanks for the recommendation.

            2. Anyone care to explain the difference for me between American style sweet pies and British style sweet pies. Other, of course, from those American pies which often have no pasty top - something we'd generally call a tart rather than a pie.

              Just curious as, looking at the front page of the site mlacroce links to, the apple and blueberry pies look like British pies (although in the latter case, we'd use wimberry rather than imported blueberry - yes, I know that a commercial crop of blueberries is now grown here but it's very, very recent). Would it just be a difference in ingredient use?

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              1. re: Harters

                It an interesting question. I suspect pies in the UK (or maybe just London) are no longer fashionable. When I grew up we would always gave a fruit pie for dessert after Sunday lunch, sometimes homemade, sometimes nought. In those days you would buy your pie from the local bakers - and most would stock apple pies plus a few variants.

                With the loss of many traditional bakers maybe we have lots decent pies, the bakers that survive now tend to sell fancier cakes or cupcakes rather than traditional pies. So maybe you only get a decent fruit pie at home or in a US themed restaurant.

                1. re: PhilD

                  We usually buy our sweet pies from a stall at the farmers market at Ashton under Lyne and bung them in the freezer. All the traditional ones you'd expect, apple, apple & blackberry, wimberry, rhubarb, etc.

                  1. re: Harters

                    We also bought our pies from the Farmers Market when we lived in the UK. Maybe that's the secret - does Borough Market have a pie stall?

                    1. re: PhilD

                      My recollection is that several of the Borough Market bakeries have pies. But there is certainly a stall which sells blueberry pies from the Dorset blueberry farms.

                  2. re: PhilD

                    Surely also the type. For example Key Lime Pie is an American thing as we don't grow them here for a start. Pumpkin also etc. Otherwise I'm not sure there will be too much of a difference as the origin of apple pie for one is probably multiple, similar with other fruit pies.

                    1. re: Foxeyblue

                      True but the OP was asking about cherry pie. IiRC the pies in twin peaks were traditional ones with pastry on the top and bottom.

                      1. re: PhilD

                        Indeed they were. I'd argue that that type of pie crossed borders :)

                    2. re: PhilD

                      I think you've hit it on the head.