Friday, 10 August 2018

Clive's Pies

Clive's Pies was established in 1982 by a chap called Clive, who made vegetarian wholemeal pies, in a small kitchen on the outskirts of Dartmoor.   In 1986 he moved to a converted woollen mill in Buckfastleigh, Devon, where he made pies until his retirement in 2003.   The company was bought by Sally and Chris Carson, who continue to hand make pies in small batches, expanding the range to include organic and gluten free pies and tarts, all registered with The Vegan Society trademark.

Clive's Pies asked if I would like a sample of their products, so this lovely bundle of vegan eats, was delivered by Parcelforce one fine Saturday morning.  It was with great sadness that I realised many were unsuitable for me, due to allergies to soya and certain pulses, however Steven stepped up to the plate and said he would sacrifice himself and be chief taste tester.


I am not going to give a description of each pie or tart, suffice to say that they are not run of the mill ready made products.   The first thing to impress is the pastry, especially the gluten free, as having attempted pastry making, which turned out awful, it begs the question, why bother when this is so crisp and light.   The pies and tarts are packed with delicious filling, perfectly seasoned with great flavour combinations, so with a big splash of gravy, roast potatoes or chips, they really are hard to beat.

We have not managed to eat them all yet, we are half way through and as they freeze brilliantly, they are something to look forward to over the coming weeks.   Steven found them particularly satisfying, after returning from long bike rides, when he needs something tasty and filling to refuel and they are perfect for the job.   I will add further photos when we have munched our way through the rest, but Clive's Pies will definitely be on the dinner table at our house in the future.

Disclaimer:  I received free samples of these products and have not been paid for this review and all opinions are my own.


Crushed Pea, Carrot & Cumin

Crushed Pea, Carrot & Cumin


Bombay Vegetables & Daal

Bombay Vegetables & Daal


 Tomato & Olive Provencale

Tomato & Olive Provencale


 Minty Chickpea

Minty Chickpea


Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi


 Lentil & Olive

Lentil & Olive


Lentil & Kale & Cranberry

Lentil Kale & Cranberry

Disclaimer:   I received free samples of these products and have not been paid for this review and all opinions are my own.

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