Cheese and pickle in a mince pie? It sounds absolutely hideous, but you know what? It’s wonderful. Yes, when Lily Vanilli sent a box of these into the Time Out office we called it mince pie sacrilege – but it works. Topped with a teeny sprig of thyme, encased in lovely savoury pastry and stuffed with teeny new potatoes, cheddar and cosily familiar Branston, this looks like a mince pie but it tastes like a really excellent Gregg’s pasty. And wouldn’t you rather eat a pasty than all that candied fruit and spices anyway? There’s a reason people only crack mince pies out once a year.
Cheese and Branston pickle mince pies are available every Sunday during December at Lily Vanilli, 6 The Courtyard, Ezra St, E2 7RH.
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