Close cookies panel

We use cookies to give you the best possible online experience.

If you continue, we'll assume you are happy for your web browser to receive all cookies from our website.

British Pie Week at Sibton Park in Kent

Posted by Luci Ackers on 26 April 2016
Related property: Sibton Park
British Pie Week at Sibton Park in Kent British Pie Week at Sibton Park in Kent

British Pie Week is the nation's excuse to get making, baking and eating as many pies as possible.

This year the event ran from 7th – 13th March 2016. Did you do anything to celebrate? At Sibton Park down in Kent there is always something going on! Find out more about Sibton Park here.

Why pie?

Pie is a classic British dish that is eaten and loved throughout the country. And this annual event, initiated by the Jus-Rol pastry company, aims to celebrate these pastry filled inventions and get people experimenting with flavours. Pies first took off properly in England in Medieval times and were created for convenience more than anything. Throughout the centuries, however, pies have adapted to suit those who cook them, and chefs began to get creative. Now we have all kinds of pie in Britain and different regional variations across the country.

To really get into the spirit of the week, a British Pie Day was organised at Sibton Park in Kent and five different regional variations were baked and set out for the guests to enjoy a lunch-time tasting session, complete with real ale, to vote for their favourites:

  • Chicken and Leek – represented Wales
  • Lamb and Potato – represented The North
  • Pork, Apple and Cider – represented the West Country
  • Steak and Ale – represented the South East
  • Chicken and Haggis – represented Scotland

Steak and Ale came in first place, though all were enjoyed immensely! Tables were set up in the sunshine at the front of the property, guests got stuck in and even a troop of local morris dancers joined in on the action. For a traditionally themed feast, traditional entertainment seemed appropriate: these morris dancers came accompanied by their Hooden Horse, a mascot of the Kentish Morris dance that dates back to the 18th century.

Overall it was a really enjoyable day, and if you would like to find out more about British Pie Week, or for tips and recipes visit their website

The Winner

So how do you fancy making the winning pie for yourself? Here's the recipe for those of you who'd like to give it a go!

Sibton's Steak & Ale Pie


300g Ready to roll puff pastry (we used Jus-Rol™)

60g Unsalted butter, cubed

4 tbsp Rapeseed oil

900g Beef skirt / braising steak or stewing beef, diced (we used meat from Lower Hardres Farm Shop)

25g Plain flour, generously seasoned with sea salt & freshly ground pepper

2 Large white onions, peeled & roughly chopped

2 Red onions, peeled & roughly chopped

2-3 Garlic cloves, finely chopped

300ml Good-quality stout or dark ale (we used The Firkin Alehouse)

250g Chestnut mushrooms, halved

3 Large carrots, chopped into rounds

325ml Beef stock (using 3-4 cubes)

1-2 tbsp tomato puree

4 Sprigs fresh thyme leaves

2 Sprigs Fresh rosemary, finely chopped

2 Fresh bay leaves

2 Eggs beaten, for glaze

2 tbsp Cornflour, mixed with 2 tbsp cold water - optional


Preheat oven to 220°C / 200ºC fan assisted / Gas Mark 7.

Place a large casserole pan over a medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of rapeseed oil and the butter, followed by the onions, garlic, thyme & rosemary, slowly cooking for 15 minutes (stirring occasionally), or until soft and starting to turn golden. Remove from the pan and put to one side.

Evenly coat the beef in the seasoned flour, add the rest of the oil to a medium heat, then add the beef and stir until browned.

Return the onion mix to the pan, along with the carrots & tomato puree, stir well to combine. Add the ale or stout, along with sufficient beef stock to just cover the mixture (you may not need to use all stock) & bay leaves. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil. If you feel it needs thickening slightly, add the cornflour mixture.

Simmer for 40 - 50 minutes, until the beef is tender, stir very occasionally.

Remove from the heat, add the mushrooms and put aside to cool. Remove the bay leaves and place the mixture into a pie dish with a pie funnel in the centre to support the pastry during baking.

Dust a clean surface with flour and roll your pastry out large enough to cover the pie dish, allowing for some overlap around the sides (approx. 1.5 cm in thickness). Using a sharp knife, cut away strips of pastry from the overlapped edges.

Brush the pastry with some beaten egg to avoid sticking to the sides, then gently drape over the pie filling to form a lid. Pinch the edges in around the dish to keep it nice and tidy and make a hole in the centre, just over the pie funnel, to allow any steam to escape.

With the cut-offs, you can create a patterned or textured rim around the top of the pie dish, such as leaf shapes, as a finishing touch.

Brush with the remaining beaten egg and place the dish on a baking tray (in case of leakage). Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and risen.

Leave pie to rest for 5 - 10 minutes, before serving with chips or locally sourced (boiled or mashed) potatoes, steamed greens or peas – a side of traditional morris dancing optional!

NB – For something a little different, why not try dividing the mixture to make smaller, individual pies?

Find out how to stay at Sibton Park yourself by simply popping your details in at the bottom of the page.

Share this post:
Luci Ackers

Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

How can I find out more?

The Holiday Property Bond could do as much for your quality of life as it has done for many thousands of families who have already invested. That's why we invite you to get in touch with us in any of these 3 ways and please don't forget our unique 'Money back promise' and 'interest free loan' options.


We're so confident you'll be delighted with HPB
that we offer you a 'Money Back Promise'!

In regular surveys, Bondholders tell us how happy they are with HPB holidays. That's why we feel confident in giving you the extra reassurance of our unprecedented 'Money Back Promise':

If you take your first HPB holiday within three years of investing and are not, for any reason, entirely happy, you can apply to cash in your HPB investment within 14 days of your return. Whatever the encashment value, the parent company of the issuer of HPB will make up any difference so that you get back the full amount of your original payment, including charges.

This offer applies to a holiday at any HPB owned property which is taken by at least one of the Bondholders themselves.

Full details of the offer will be provided before you invest.

Request our brochure Speak to a representative Visit an Open Day or Exhibition

Please request our fully
illustrated brochure

Please read "How HPB works" and then we will be delighted to send you our brochure, including our property portfolio, along with our full length DVD introduced by Bondholder Sue Barker and a list of forthcoming Open Days and Exhibitions. See the beautiful holiday homes and magnificent locations where you can spend your holidays as a Bondholder.

Please complete and submit the form or,
alternatively, telephone our FREE brochure request line on 0800 230 0391

Request a brochure
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address  
Postcode *  
Telephone number
How did you hear about us?

We will use the details you provide above to send you our detailed HPB brochure and keep you updated about HPB holiday offers.

* Indicates required fields

You can speak to one of our representatives

Your local HPB representative will be happy to call or meet you at a convenient time and place for an informal chat. Simply fill in your details and we'll do the rest.

Most of our representatives are Bondholders themselves and all have visited a number of Bond sites.

The representative will give you all the information you need and then leave you to make up your own mind. He or she will talk to you about your holiday requirements and what level of investment is needed to secure the kind of holidays you want.

Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address  
Telephone number *  
Post code
iBy giving us your post code we can find a representative near you.
How did you hear about us?
Your message

One of our representatives will contact you using the information above.

* Indicates required fields

See our stunning properties
for yourself

Attending an Open Day at an HPB holiday location is an enjoyable way to see what HPB has to offer. Just turn up and stay as long as you wish – there is no need to make an appointment. The representatives will introduce themselves and answer your questions. You will also be invited to inspect the site and see HPB’s high standards for yourself.

Alternatively, you are welcome to attend one of our Exhibitions at a hotel near you. You can chat to one of our representatives, ask your questions and watch our complete DVD 'travelogue' of HPB locations.


This advertisement is issued by HPB Management Limited ("HPBM") registered at HPB House, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EH. HPBM is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is the main UK agent and the property manager for HPB, issued by HPB Assurance Limited ("HPBA") registered in the Isle of Man and authorised by the Financial Services Authority there. The Trustee of HPB is HSBC Trustee (C.I.) Limited registered at HSBC House, Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey, JE1 1GT. The Securities Manager is Stanhope Capital LLP of 35 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LR.

Holders of policies issued by HPBA will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the company becomes unable to meet its liabilities to them but Isle of Man compensation arrangements apply to new policies. No medical examination required. HPB is available exclusively through HPBM who will only charge for their services if you invest. HPBM promotes only HPB and is not independent of HPBA.

AS FEATURED IN The Telegraph BBC Daily Mail The Sunday Times