Type of food: Pie and mash
I have a small collection of late 80s and early 90s vinyl records (LPs, 7 and 12 inch singles and picture discs – does anyone remember these?!) and I still have a trusty NAD turntable – both records and turntable are ‘in storage’ at my mum’s. I preferred records, while my friends bought cassettes. Back in the day, I would save up and buy records from Woolworths or HMV – both shops are no longer on my high street. How times have changed.
Southsea’s Pie and Vinyl opened in 2012, one of the few new independent records shops to have opened in recent times. However, this is not just a record shop, it is also a pie and mash shop – and probably the only pie and record cafe in the UK. However, I could be wrong.
I love Pie and Vinyl – quirky is the best way to describe it – and they are passionate about supporting local businesses (even the furniture is locally sourced). They sell new records, music posters, pies (both savoury and sweet) and vintage cordials. The decor is reminiscent of a late Victorian / early 20th century drawing room. There is a stuffed fox and an old upright piano. Tea pots and mismatching plates. Lots of pictures on the walls, including plenty of new album covers and posters.
It goes without saying that if you don’t like pies, then this is not the best place for you to eat (although there is cake and ice cream). Pie and Vinyl sell a good selection of quality pies such as Pieminister, Buckwells (a local butcher) and their own label. There are lots to choose from and the menu changes – options have included steak and Guinness pie and battered fish and chip pie. You can have a pie on its own or the ‘Meal Deal’ of pie, mash, mushy peas and gravy or liquor (a parsley gravy). There’s a selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options too.
We have tried meat and vegetarian pies – all delicious so far! We’ve had the Heidi pie (a veggie delight of goats cheese, spinach, sweet potato, onion and garlic) and the Nacho pie (beef chilli, guacamole, cheese, salsa and jalapeños) to name but two. The liquor is not the shade of vivid green as per an East End pie shop but no matter 😉
Pie and Vinyl is unlicensed but there is a great choice of still or sparkling Mr Fitzpatricks cordials, served in teapots – flavours include blackcurrant and liqourice and dandelion and burdock. They also sell hot chocolate, local tea from All About Tea and fairtrade coffee.
If you have room for dessert, then a good selection of sweet pies, cakes and ice cream await you. I admit to being too full to try the sweet Meal Deal of sweet pie / cake, ice cream and chocolate gravy. I will have to go in just for cake one time! Again, there are vegan and gluten free options available, including a pretty special Bumbleberry Pie by the local gluten free and vegan Sweetie Pie Bakery.
The pies are only half of the story: music is an important part of Pie and Vinyl and they took part in Record Store Day this year. They stock a fine selection of music posters and they also host music evenings and events for local musicians. If there is anything better than an independent record shop opening, then it must be an independent record and pie shop. I hope that Pie and Vinyl continues to flourish and to champion pie and music.
UPDATE 2nd June 2015: the sweet meal deal and Bumbleberry pie are no longer available. However, there is still a small selection of sweet pies.
Southsea’s Pie and Vinyl
61, Castle Road
Hampshire. PO5 3AY
Tel: +44 (0)2392 753914
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 11.00 – 21.00
Sunday 11.00 – 17.00
Bank Holidays: 11.00 – 17.00
Typical cost per person: Around £10 for meal deal and soft drink