PUB OF THE WEEK: The Piebald Inn, Hunmanby
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For the past few years, the best place to go for a pie and a pint in East Yorkshire has been the Chestnut Horse in Great Kelk. They offered 30 types of pie from a ludicrously fulsome menu and they never, ever disappointed.

If you visit the pub now, you’ll leave pie-less as the team behind the pub have upped-sticks and relocated 20 miles north to Hunmanby near Brid to open the Piebald Inn. Thankfully, they have taken their celebrated pie-making strategy with them.

The pub used to be called the Railway but landlord Jon Allen renamed it with a suitably equine/ pie related name. A Piebald is a horse with irregular patches and all of the pies on chef Lucy Scrivens menu are named after horses. The Shire, for instance, is chunks of beef and potato cooked in Wold Top ale; Connemara is corned beef hash in red wine (in a pie, of course) and American Saddle is ground beef, baked beans, onions, carrot and sweetcorn in a BBQ sauce. You get the idea.

The pie menu contains something for every palette and every effort is made to cater for vegetarians and anyone with special dietary needs, so the only way you’d leave unhappy if you don’t like pie. But if you don’t like pie, what are you doing taking up valuable space in Yorkshire?

Incidentally, the great American playwright David Mamet once wrote: “We must have pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” It is not recorded if he’s ever been to Hunmanby.
The Piebald Inn, 65 Sands Lane, Hunmanby YO14 0LT. 01723 446577,

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Dave Lee is TV producer and film-maker who also writes on food & drink, travel and culture for various publications. He is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4 and the Yorkshire Post. Worryingly, he believes that the finest food on earth is the pattie butty.

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