The Cookie is one of the most popular music venues in the city, and now after a change in ownership, they have collaborated with Pieminister to bring us all what we crave after a gig – pie, obviously.
Assistant Manager Tommy Turner says: “We think that Pieminister will make a fantastic addition to The Cookie. The idea originally came from one of the new owners, as a big name in the festival food scene, it’s the perfect fit for one the best music venues in the city.”
Founders, Jon Simon and Tristan Hogg, started working together when Hogg moved to Lon-don to work as a chef for his sister’s boyfriend – Jon. After a couple of years deliberating, Pieminister was born in 2003 when Jon and Tristan opened up shop at an old Printworks in Bristol. An immediate triumph paved the way for expansion and in 2004, not only did Piem-inister become the first pie stall at Borough Market in London and a successful stint at Glastonbury Festival followed. A ‘lighter range’ and a whole entire recipe book later and the business now has 9 restaurants, 7 cafes and an array of pubs’ serving their cuisine.
The new menu at The Cookie features two beef, two chicken and two vegetarian options; all available to eat in or take-away at your choice. Beef option ‘Moo’ combines British beef steak, real ale and cracked black pepper with the second ‘Moo & Blue’ being the same with the addition of long Clawson stilton. The ‘Free Ranger’ marries free range British chicken and ham with leek and thyme and the ‘Chicken of Aragon’ is chicken, accompanied by smoked bacon and tarragon.
For those non-meat lovers, vegetarian options include the ‘Heidi’ – a Somerset goats cheese, sweet potato and spinach pie and the ‘Saag Pie-neer’ – which carries pea, paneer, spinach, potato, chilli and mango pie as its ingredients will hope to satisfy taste buds. The vegan community won’t be missing out either as the rotating ‘Pie Of The Week’ will often feature the vegan ‘Kevin’ – a mushroom, tomato and red wine pie with baby onions and thyme.
A pie and gravy will set you back a reasonable £5.50 with additions such as mash and peas also available. For a full blown feast it’s worth checking out the ‘Mothership’ combo – pie, mash, mushy peas, crispy shallots and cheddar for just under a tenner. There will also be a cheaper gig menu available to have whilst watching bands play downstairs.
Tommy added: “We mainly hope that people will look at The Cookie as more than just a venue, but as a place to come to enjoy both food as well drink. We’ve all had a taste of the pies and they’re honestly all fantastic! The Heidi vegetarian pie is particularly great!”