I went to check out the new ‘Pie Factory’ which opened recently in Ilford – carry on reading to see what I thought!
The original pie factory has been open in Whitechapel for a few years now. It is conveniently located opposite East London Mosque. Despite its location I have never actually managed to go. To be honest the Whitechapel branch did not have the same appeal for me as the one in Ilford. The new shop in Ilford looks so much more inviting. The new shop really stands out in Ilford with its simple yet classic design and decor.
The Pie Factory has an eclectic mix of British and South Asian cuisine, mixing traditional English meals with flavours from the Asian subcontinent. It has a mixture of classic flavours like steak and kidney, chicken and mushroom – but also chicken tikka masala and kofta pies.
Getting There: The new store is located on Cranbrook Road in Ilford in East London. It is located about a minutes walk from the Ilford Exchange Shopping Centre. The nearest station is Ilford Rail Station (TFL Rail and Overground trains). The station is a about a minutes walk from the restaurant. There are a number of buses which stop outside the restaurant including the 128 and 167. If you are looking to drive there then during the weekday daytimes you are going to have to pay to park using on street parking or in the Ilford Exchange Shopping Centre. During the evening and weekends it is much easier to find free on street parking.
Menu: I found the menu to be straight forward. There is a good variety of different pie fillings, as well as sides and a range of other dishes including lasagna and fish and chips. They also serve a range of different breakfasts. According to their Facebook page all pies are cooked fresh in the store and all meat is Halal (HMC approved supplier).
Pricing: I personally found the portions reflected the price of the dishes and were definitely filling. I found the price to be average with all pies costing £8.50 for a pie 2 sides and gravy.
What I ordered: I decided to order the chicken and mushroom pie. I knew I wanted space for dessert afterwards so ordered the kids portion 😛 The kids portion comes with one side and costs £4.95. I found this to be enough for me on that day. The friends I was with ordered the normal portion costing £8.50 with 2 sides. We did not order any appetisers as we had gone there to eat pies and only pies! We all agreed that the pies were really delicious and tasted homemade (in a good way 😛 ) – a really warming and filling meal after our winter walk.
Final Thoughts: I think the new Pie Factory in Ilford is the perfect place to enjoy a filling and warming meal, especially when its a cold winters day outside. It is great that it is able to provide traditional English food with a twist to a high quality and all while being halal! Also worth mentioning that there is also a place to pray in the restaurant which is always a bonus, especially on short winter days when the prayer times are so close together 😀