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Nice Pie

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Nice Pie at Old Dalby is an award-winning tea room and food shop.

It was dissatisfaction with the quality of mainstream pies that encouraged the Walmsley family to take action and launch Nice Pie in 2013. Today, Nice Pie has won multiple awards and received plaudits from none other than Jamie Oliver, who was so impressed that he featured the farm shop and bakery on his Friday Night Food Fight programme in February 2015.

The key to their success, according to Phil Walmsley, is high-quality ingredients prepared with love and attention. All the meat is hand-trimmed and the pies are hand-made by the family at their farm in Old Dalby, north Leicestershire.

“There are so many pie makers out there who have got complacent,” says Phil. “We think a pie should be a gourmet meal encased in pastry, and we believe that’s what we achieve.”

While they produce old favourites such as steak and ale (a Gold winner at the British Pie Awards), it’s their exotic range that has helped garner attention. There’s wild hare and blackberry, and rabbit in madeira but also the likes of camel, zebra and crocodile pies. The Walmsleys stress that all these exotic meats are sustainably produced from specialist suppliers.

One of their most popular lines has been squirrel pie – another Gold award winner – now being supplemented by a cold-eating squirrel and game pie and squirrel paté.

Kath Walmsley is the culinary brains behind the operation and spends weekends perfecting recipes in the kitchen. She’s won awards for virtually every one of her pies – plus the title of Champion Small Producer at the BPA.

You can pick up their pies and a new range of patés plus other specialities at their Old Dalby farm shop, or at many local farmers’ markets and food festivals.

Useful info
Gorse Farm, Six Hills Lane, Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray, LE14 3NB
07531 641893

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  1. Avatar Mary says:

    Set within their home farm grounds this is a unique, quirky and very welcoming establishment with something to suit everyone from the delicious home cooked food, Award Winning pies and the best milkshakes ever! There is a terrific play area for children, lovely farm animals to look at and fantastic views. The family that own and run the bakery business together with their tea room are certainly one of a kind standing out from the crowd with their hospitality, food offerings and service.
    I would highly recommend a visit.

  2. Avatar Jim says:

    Having sampled many pies over the years in my opinion these are well above the rest in terms of fill and taste.

    The pastry is always crisp and the pie bottoms nicely cooked

    The fillings are chunky, packed with meat (for the meat pies), and full of flavour. The Melton Steak pies are particularly good. The Steak and Ale excellent. Beef with red wine also very tasty. Have tried two types of chicken pie and both were full of delicious filling.

    They are indeed a quality product and at a good price considering what you get…

  3. Avatar Gina says:

    A recent find, and visiting far too often, the pies are excellent, the afternoon teas are epic! Well worth a visit, you won’t be disappointed.

  4. Avatar Wendy bond says:

    Amazing Sunday lunch!!
    Generous amounts, meat cooked to perfection and the Yorkshire puddings were huge!!
    Only had one pudding as all full from dinner but it came with extra spoons so we all dibbed in lol
    Lovely atmosphere for my mums 77th birthday
    Thank you will be back ☺

  5. Avatar Wendy Gardecki says:

    I’ve been to Nice Pie various times now and they never disappoint.
    The pies are just delicious, with generous fillings and pastry that just melts in your mouth, every mouthful is a delight.
    The cakes taste as scrumptious as they look, with too many to choose from I always end up taking a slice home.
    Afternoon Tea is a favourite for my Son and I which we enjoy in the Tea room which is cosy and welcoming…with friendly staff and a log burner to keep you warm while you enjoy your food.
    I would definitely recommend this hidden gem .

  6. Avatar Caroline says:

    The homemade produce and friendly service at Nice Pie just gets nicer! Love the fact that the variety of pies and cakes are constantly changing and evolving. I thought their ‘Peanut Ed’ tray bake could not be bettered but today had an out of body experience when devouring the peanut fused brownie..truly nicer than nice! This place should be a top of your bucket list – must visit!

  7. Avatar Alice green says:

    Amazing quality food at a great price, can’t praise them enough xxx

  8. Avatar Sarah says:

    Great place to visit for fantastic homemade cakes, pies and so much more. Always receive a friendly welcome from Phil and his team.
    Looking forward to sampling their new Sunday roast lunches at some point!

  9. Avatar Jennifer says:

    Have called in several times for tea/coffee, scones and cakes which we have always found excellent. Prior to Christmas we were a group of 8 who booked for afternoon tea. It was a cold, foggy afternoon so the cosy surroundings and warmth of the staff were very welcoming. The sandwiches were on very tasty bread and the scones were the best I have tasted. We had generous portions of delicious cake and a large teapot between each couple. What a lovely afternoon. I can certainly recommend ‘Nice Pie’ whether for a quick coffee and cake, lunch, afternoon tea or purchasing pies.

  10. Avatar Charlotte says:

    Cosy, good food and nice people 🙂

  11. Avatar SR says:

    Worth a visit

  12. Avatar Rachel says:

    A very friendly family-run business in the beautiful Leicestershire countyside. Amazing rocky road, pies and scones, staff are very friendly and welcoming.

  13. Avatar Richard says:

    Nice Pie is a cosy, friendly place that is welcoming from your first visit. The food is tasty, from the sandwiches to the pies, and it is always served with a smile. If I were to choose anywhere around Melton to have a coffee and a something to eat in nice surroundings, this is the only place that I think of.

  14. Avatar Diane says:

    Great homemade pies, and afternoon tea was wonderful, will definitely return

  15. Avatar Sam says:

    We often visit Nice Pie for an afternoon tea with family and friends and have never been disappointed! The location is excellent and the great views come at no extra cost. It is a very warm and relaxing place to eat and I highly recommend it to all.

  16. Avatar Zelia says:

    Lovely place to eat! Great atmosphere, great staff, great place all round! Highly recommended.

  17. Avatar Taylor says:

    Gone to Nice Pie a number of times with my Mum. Had afternoon tea most of the time. Great price for what you get, and very nice. Lovely scones, the best scones I’ve had in my life. Would recommend to anyone!

  18. Avatar Claire says:

    Such a lovely tea room. I’ve been on many occasions and always come away feeling happy… the atmosphere and food is excellent with a wide range of pies and much more! Highly recommended.

  19. Avatar Mick and Jane says:

    Warm and welcoming! Whatever you do, don’t miss out on the scones, they are beautiful, the best we’ve ever had and we’ve had a few! Can’t wait to go back, it’s a real treat.

  20. Avatar Amy says:

    I have been several times now and every single time I come away with a full stomach and a smile on my face. Excellent, friendly, helpful staff, great for all generations and occasions. Will visit again very soon, my number one go-to place to unwind with beautiful views and an awesome variety of pies and cakes. Keep up the good work, we love what you do!

  21. Avatar Sara says:

    A fantastic place to enjoy the ultimate pie experience, thoroughly deserving of the extensive awards for almost all of their divine range. Producers of simply delicious and unparalleled food, from pies and chutneys to cakes. Highly recommended.

  22. Avatar David says:

    Amazing food! Pies are outstanding – best I’ve ever had along with the cakes, which are amazing. Truly lovely people to go with it. A very pleasant place to go near Melton Mowbray – in fact the best, I visit Nice Pie at least once a week.

  23. Avatar Max clift says:

    Nice Pie has responded brilliantly to provide a selection of vegetarian pies. They have even announced their first vegan pie with more to follow. We attended their recent Pie Night – veggie pie, mash, veg and lashings of veggie gravy plus lovely dessert. Fabulous surroundings in the Old Dalby tearoom, roaring fire and the owner has such a great personality!

  24. Avatar DIANE DAWSON says:

    An amazing place for coffee & cakes so I am in virtually every week. Always cheerful banter with Phil and Katharine, love trying out the new cakes and pastries.
    Have booked our ladies Christmas lunch there in preference to the pub as they are so welcoming.
    Lovely wood burner when the weather chills, and comfy leather chairs round it. A real home from home.

  25. Avatar Ed says:

    Amazing variety of pies, cakes and homemade produce. The setting of the tearoom (overlooking rolling countryside) is beautiful and the friendly service will have you coming back again and again. Have introduced many to this place and they all agree that it is truly great!


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