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This City bakery has just launched a full English... in a pie

By Emma Hughes

Ah, the fry-up: as much a part of London life as the Trafalgar Square pigeons and avoiding changing at Bank at all costs. Traditionally, a proper belt-busting breakfast comes with toast, or, if you’re in an old-school mood, a couple of fried slices. But one City pie shop is changing the rules of the game by swapping the usual bread-based carbohydrate component for pastry.

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Epic #brunch at @epicpiesuk - their Full English Tart is exactly what it looks like - a full English in a freshly baked tart base - and I loved the 'fry in a pie'! - With the meat sourced from nearby Smithfield, it comes with sausages, bacon, toms, baked beans, and an egg; I opted for an optional slice of black pudding and a hash brown. - Epic Pies has now been open for a few months and added some breakfast & brunch items, and is now open on Saturdays too, making it a six day a week operation. When I visited it was doing a good trade from passing tourists, lured in by an interest in pies! - It's a permanent restaurant, and #notapopup - but Daniel Jobsz started out doing pop-ups and markets, and so I'm more than delighted to feature him here. Scroll back to my pics from January 2020 to see one of his more traditional pies. - Looking forward to this beauty featuring on quite a few Instagram posts over the next few months! - #instafood #epicpies #fullenglish #breakfast #brunch #fullenglishbreakfast #sausages #cookedbreakfast #fryup #fryinapie #stpauls #smithfield #meatfeast #london #londonsbest #londonpopups

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Epic Pies, which started in 2015 but moved into its first bricks-and-mortar home on Carter Lane just south of St Paul’s last year, has just switched up its breakfast menu with the Full English Tart, which has been causing quite a stir on Instagram. But although its looks are attention-grabbing, this is no mere novelty item: the meat comes from nearby Smithfield, and all its individual components are impressively well cooked. 

Priced at £7.95, the puff pastry behemoth comes complete with an egg, two sausages, two rashers of bacon, mushrooms and beans. For an extra £1 each you can add a hash brown and a slice of black pudding.

It’s also possible to swap the pastry for toast, although we feel this would rather defeat the object of the exercise. It’s available Monday to Friday from 8am to 11.30am, and at weekends from 10am to 2pm. 

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