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London's best mince pies

Mince pies are a festive staple, but there are too many of them kicking about, frankly. Here are the ones to scoff

London's best mince pies
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By Tom Howells and Time Out London Food & Drink |
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The mince pie. It’s the sweet festive staple you either love or hate (but you’d only hate them if you were an utter soulless Grinch, obvs). And there are a hell of a lot of them available across this town.

Like Christmas geese, we’ve grown visibly doughy in our efforts to taste and rate an absolute pile of mince pies: from supermarket staples to posher pies from high street names and upmarket bakeries. These are the London mincies (yeah, we’re calling them that) worth getting your baubles in a twist over. Gaudete!

RECOMMENDED: For more festive fun read our guide to Christmas in London

The best mince pies in London, ranked

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Aldi Cognac Mince Pie
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Aldi: ‘Specially Selected’ mince pies

£1.35 for six

The best of the supermarket pies, Aldi’s cognac-laced number has an over-wet filling, but it’s satisfyingly boozy, with a citrusy, subtly spicy mincemeat. The pastry has a mass-produced softness, but maintains rigidity under pressure (*snort*).

Buy them from Aldi online or in-store.

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St John mince pies
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St John: standard mince pie

£2.75 each

St John’s pies are old-school and ever-so grown up (like St John itself, basically): think shortbread-short and fatty pastry, with a nicely dense, heavily spiced filling that’s got a fine boozy thwack to it. Chin chin!

Buy them from the St John Bakery, 72 Druid St, SE1 2HQ. Open Saturday 9am-4pm.

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Bread Ahead mince pies
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Bread Ahead: standard mince pie

£2.50 each

Pretty they ain’t, but these deep-filled numbers are the most savoury-tasting pie on the list. That’s a compliment: the super-short casings are crumbly with fat, and the mincemeat is almost Chrimbo pud in texture. One for the adults. 

Buy them from Bread Ahead, 249 Pavilion Rd, London SW1X 0BP.

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Brick House mince pies
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Brick House: standard mince pie

£2 each/£7.50 for four

This ace Dulwich/Peckham bakery’s superlative pie is as much an Eccles cake as a trad mincey, with a dense, rum-soaked currant filling and super thin pastry that’s also dead robust. Classic stuff.

Buy them at Brick House East Dulwich, 1 Zenoria St, SE22 8HP ; or Brick House Peckham Rye, Unit 5, 12-16 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL.

Highly commended

Butterscotch mince pie
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They didn't make the four-strong hitlist, but the following pies all had their charms: 

Aldi, ‘Exquisite’ frangipane-topped mince pies (£2.99 for six)
Butterscotch, jumbo mince pies (£15 for six; pictured)
Greggs, sweet mince pies (£1.75 for six)
Konditor & Cook, standard mince pies (£12 for six)
Ottolenghi, standard mince pies (£7.80 for three)
Pearl & Groove, gluten-free mince pie (£3.50 each)
Pret, standard mince pie (£1.45 each)
Waitrose, ‘Essential’ shortcrust mince pies (£1.80 for six)





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