Upper crust pie bonanza

Sous Chef Darren Roberts shows step-by-step instructions how he makes the pies at The Old House Bar on Division Street. They are donating �2 from everyone sold in March to the St Luke's Hospie Pie and Peas Up fundraiser.
Sous Chef Darren Roberts shows step-by-step instructions how he makes the pies at The Old House Bar on Division Street. They are donating �2 from everyone sold in March to the St Luke's Hospie Pie and Peas Up fundraiser.
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PIES are most definitely on the menu at a Sheffield restaurant – where chefs are planning to put their pastry-making skills to the test in aid of The Star’s Great Pie and Peas Up campaign.

The event is running throughout this month with 165 city residents, community groups and businesses signed up to hold pie and pea suppers so far, making a total of more than 4,000 people.

Among the events is a week-long fundraiser at The Old House, on Division Street, where £2 is being donated to St Luke’s from every pie sold from March 18 to 24.

Tickets for a raffle offering 40 top prizes are also being sold, with all proceeds going to the hospice, in Whirlow.

Sous chef Darren Roberts said he suggested the event as pies are one of the eatery’s most popular dishes.

“On an average week we sell around 200 pies,” he said.

“People like having a lot of meat and it’s more filling and nicer than something like a burger.”

Darren said St Luke’s was a worthy cause, adding: “I’m happy to help out any charity, and lots of people seem to know relatives who have been in there, so I got it all organised. We have had lots of raffle prizes coming in, which is pretty good.”

The Old House serves up a variety of pies, from chicken, beef and ham to gamier fillings such as rabbit, the chef said.

“We don’t really stick to recipes, we’ll just order 10 kilos of, say, chicken meat in and make a pie mix from that off the top of our heads.

“We try to have four pies on every day – we can get 30 from each batch, but we do 26 so we have enough pastry, rather than struggle to make them.”

Raffle prizes include Blades tickets, a meal at the Grosvenor Casino and shopping vouchers.

Darren, aged 24, worked for Sheffield International Venues and the Coal Grill and Bar in Meadowhall before joining The Old House.

“I think everyone just loves pie, we do well with them all year round,” he added.
Even though the suppers have started, there is still time to sign up. Everyone who registers will receive a pack containing quiz question place mats, posters, recipes and all the materials needed for a successful meal.

Specially-branded bottles of Henderson’s Relish are also on sale at scores of Sheffield shops, perfect for adding a dash of flavour to any pie.

People can bake their own pies or simply buy them in, and a £10 minimum donation per portion is suggested.

* Are you hosting a pie and peas dinner in aid of St Luke’s? Send us pictures from your event and we will feature them in The Star. Email photos to richard.blackledge@thestar.co.uk, including contact details and information about your event. Visit St Lukes Hospice to register for the campaign.