Wednesday 8th June 2016
The Shoe, Exton, 26th May 2016
This was a new venue Pie Club had been meaning to visit for some time so we felt it was time we did so we set off for the short taxi ride to Exton.
On arrival, we were delighted to find an excellent range of beers on parade!
The beers to choose from were: Wadsworth IPA 3.6%, Horizon 4.0%, 6X 4.1% and from the Yates Brewery, Isle of Wight' Golden 4.0%, Sunfire 4.3% and Golden Tipple 4.7% from the Long Man Brewery. All the beers were in excellent condition and reasonably priced. Our Guinness drinking member had to settle for Wadworth's own stout, Corvus, which was not as good to his taste as his normal Guinness.
After a few beers to quench our thirst we were ready for the main event, the pie! The presentation of the steak and mushroom pie was exceptional with different pastry inscriptions on each pie which was a nice touch. The pie was served in a shallow dish with a flaky pastry top, which is not always to our liking. The pies were all demolished, so they were tasty enough. They were accompanied by mustard mash and roasted vegetables.
No one was tempted to have a pudding so we retired to the lovely pub garden by the Meon river for our final pint and to wait for our return taxi.
Scores (max of 5 in each category, 25 overall)
- Pastry 3.5
- Filling 3.94
- Beer 4.41
- Ambience 4.31
- Value 3.51
- Overall 19.67
Thank you to everyone at the Shoe for making us so welcome on our first visit to a lovely country pub serving a fine selection of ales and a tasty pie.