Vegetarian Mushroom & Ale Pies to die for

Friday 23 September 2011

The Toddster and I had the most delicious lunch today. Most delicious indeed. Sarah from Purple PR contacted me recently and asked me if I would like the opportunity to try out the latest offering from the Linda McCartney vegetarian foods range, the Linda McCartney Mushroom & Ale Pies.

(I admit that I have toyed with the idea of becoming Vegetarian from time to time . . . and would probably quite happily do so . . . except that I do like me a nice tasty steak from time to time . . . sigh . . . ) I was happy to give these new Linda McCartney Mushroom & Ale Pie's a try. We've eaten their sausages from time to time and really enjoyed.

These pies are the happy result of the hugely successful "Search for the UK's Tastiest Meat Free Dish" contest in 2010, and I have to put my hand up and admit freely that these are very tasty pies indeed. (As you know we are real pie afficionado's in this house!)

The pastry was light, flakey and delicious and the filling quite generously ample and oh so scrummy. Consisting of tender mushrooms, lentils and spinach in a wonderful gravy lightly flavoured with ale that was moreishly good indeed! All together they were quite wonderfully scrumptious and I can see me going out to buy some more the next time I am at the shops! They are available exclusively in Sainsbury's from 7th August 2011 at a affordable £1.99 and will be available at Tesco (10/10/11) and Asda (05/11/11) also priced at £1.99.

I believe that Linda McCartney did a lot to promote meat free eating and vegetarianism in her lifetime and her line of meat free products are considered to be some of the best around. I, for one, would highly recommend these tasty Vegetarian Mushroom & Ale Pies. This is truly food to come home to!

I was reading on the site about Meat Free Mondays, which is a campaign that was launched by Sir Paul McCartney and his daughters Stella and Mary, which encourages the nation to help slow climate change by reducing the amount of meat consumed by having at least one meat free day a week and was most impressed.

You can read more about it here. I think we'll be enjoying Meat Free Mondays in our house regularly from now on . . . although in truth, I'll admit that I'm not quite ready to give up that steak just yet . . .

As Todd said when we were enjoying these pies . . . "Vegetarian Food has come a looooong way since the 1960's!!" Many thanks to Sarah at Purple PR and Linda McCartney Foods for having afforded us this most delicious opportunity to try something new. I think we've found a new favourite around here!

There are Pink Drizzle Plum Muffins over in the Cottage today!


  1. How fun that you get to try these products, Marie--and they're so very right to ask you to do so, as you make them all look so wonderful! These look just delicious, and I wish we got them here in the States!

    Love those Almond Jam Tarts, too--gosh, anything with pastry around it just makes my heart sing!

    Sending lots of love your way, dear friend...starting to feel a bit more fall-like here...and I'm so very ready for it!


  2. Marie, have you ever had Quorn Sausages? They're OK, but I was wondering if you think the Linda M's are better.

  3. Terri, Linda M's are definitely better.

  4. What fun... I love how you get to sample things, then tell us all about them! Oh, I wish we could get these pies here, this is right up my street! And hubby loves pies of any kind--meat or not meat! :o) Happy Day, dear friend--LOVE YOU LOTS ((BIG HUGS))

  5. Fun Marie, these look amazing and delicious!!I love pies ever and ever, Huggs and blessings my dear, have a lovely weekend with Todd and Mitzie!! gloria

  6. Yum! I love the gravy pouring out of there! It just looks so good!


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