These pies aren’t served on a fancy wooden board or in a ceramic cup. Nor do they come with a twiggy garnish or a fancy aioli side. These are real Aussie pies.
You eat them straight from the paper bag; recklessly squeezing your sauce onto the pastry whilst steam seeps from the tongue-scalding hot meat inside. You eat them during a footy or netball game, in the car on a long road trip or after work with your mates (only these are fresher than your average four&twentys). You eat them without cutlery, without manners, without worry… but with utter satisfaction. Behold the following list of the tastiest, no-frills pies in regional and rural NSW!
Pie in the Sky
Pie in the Sky has it all – murder, mystery, movie stardom and mouth-watering pies. Previously a petrol station, this “true blue” pie shop now attracts motorcycle enthusiasts and road trippers from all over the country. Get stuck into their best-selling Chunky Beef, Bacon & Cheese Pie or try out their new and very popular Potato Mince Pie.
Not only is the name catchy, Fredo Pies claims to hold over 160 pie recipes and is open to even more suggestions. Their chunky beef and chicken pies will no doubt satisfy, but if you feel like deviating from the usual choice of meat, take a look at their assortment of game pies – emu, kangaroo, venison and their most famous, crocodile!
Braidwood Bakery has been around for more than 80 years and won’t be going anywhere any time soon. It’s a popular pit stop on the road between Canberra and the South Coast, where holidaymakers indulge in vanilla slices, old-fashioned custard tarts and of course, freshly baked pies.
The golden arches may tempt you when driving through Ulladulla, but we say keep going! That is, until you see Hayden’s Pies. A simple turn off the Princess Highway, this pie shop offers more than your fair share of traditional pies. It also offers a special alternating recipe each week. And if you’re game enough (no pun intended), why not give the camel or rabbit pies a shot?
Award after award, these guys have got their baking down pat. The overwhelming selection of pastries, slices, cakes, cupcakes and croissants at Gumnut Patisserie may entice you to choose something other than a pie, and that’s fine… but to avoid pie FOMO, we suggest you get a pie too! The selection ranges from your traditional meat pie to various gourmet options.
Ken’s Humble Pies
Grab a pie and a profiterole at Ken’s Humble Pies (previously Humble Pies and Profiterole Shop), because that’s what he’s humbly famous for, and head on down to the foreshore for a lovely stroll whilst stuffing your face. Choose from a modest selection ranging from Green Curry Chicken to Cornish Pastry. These babies are baked daily from scratch, so you know that what you’re getting is fresh… and not some defrosted mystery meat!
Ever bitten into a pie and your heart sank because the meat was too dry, too minced, too flavourless, too… whatever?! That won’t be a problem at the Heritage Bakery in Milton (previously The Rainbow Pie Shop). While you’re at it, enjoy the countryside views from this historic store and dive into a pie with real meat, real chunks and, well, realness.
Robertson Pie Shop
Often prefaced with the word “famous”, Robertson Pie Shop is well-known for selling good Aussie tucker. People travel from far and wide to sample some of Robbo’s pies (as the locals like to call it). So the next time you’re in the area, park yourself at a nearby picnic table under one of the shady oak trees and enjoy one (or more) of Robbo’s famous selection.