From Building Sites to Bhunas: The Ex-Scaffolder Making Indian Curry Pies

We spoke to the man behind Patel's Pies, recently launched in Heaton Moor's Bernie's Grocery Store

Back at the end of January we told you all about Patel’s Pies, homemade Indian pies being served at Bernie’s – Heaton Moor’s fantastic new responsibly sourced grocery store.

An idea formed in the brain of Will France, Bernie’s was a direct result of him losing his job in April last year during the first national lockdown, so he got together with his partner, Bethan Roberts – whose expertise includes working at Pollen and Wolfhouse, and opened Bernie’s.

Since then the store has been incredibly popular amongst locals, with a range of organic fruit, vegetables, sandwiches, cheese, wine and a selection of exquisite baked goods – including PATEL’S PIES!

These delicious Indian pies come from Steve Patel, a man who was a scaffolder for 18 years but made his move into the world of food a couple of years back with the outstanding Vaso Kitchen.

Steve Patel – Patel’s Pies / Vaso Kitchen

Learning all he knows about the cuisine from his Indian dad, Steve has always given his curries and dishes a bit of a Northern twist, culminating in the decision to wrap them up in pastry as the region’s favourite snack.

Will France with Patel’s Pies

Available in a choice of three flavours; Lamb Keema, Desi Chicken and Aloo Matar (Potato & Peas), the pies are all priced at a very reasonable £4.50 each.

These beauties are big, crispy and absolutely packed full of filling and flavour – well worth a stroll down to Bernie’s for. Our Matt tried the Lamb Keema one and he hasn’t shut up since going on about how good it was – so maybe start there…

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