Clark vs Victoria Park Pie: We Tried Two Of Cardiff’s Most Famous Pies To See Which Is Better – Ed Gilbert

When it comes to Cardiff pie, none is more famous than Clark’s Pie.

Founded over a hundred years ago by Mary Clark in 1913, this family-run company is known across the city for its iconic oval-shaped minced beef pie.

From their last remaining shop on Bromsgrove Street in Grangetown, the pies are distributed to fish and chip shops around Cardiff, where they are sitting in heater cabinets with regular consistency and resols.

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Nicknamed ‘Clarkies’ or ‘Clarkies’, the pie also has its own slang, nicknamed ‘Clark Tash’ when you burn your top lip over the hot filling of the pie.

Clark’s Pie Shop on Bromsgrove Street

However, there is also a second pie shop in Cardiff which is run by descendants of the Clark family.

The Victoria Park Pie Company, which traded as Clark’s Pie Shop from 1931 to 2011, is operated by Mary Clark’s great-granddaughter, Ceri Dutch-John. This Cowbridge Road East based shop was renamed more than 10 years ago to differentiate the two separate family businesses.

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Victoria Park Pie Company was renamed 10 years ago

With two different outlets selling their own versions of Cardiff’s most famous pie, I thought I’d try them both out to decide which is best.

The plan was to order a hot large minced beef pie from each and see how they compared.

Here’s what I found.

Clark’s Pie

shop

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The shop has a historic look and feel

Located on Grangetown Street Corner, there’s something really historic about the look and feel of Clark’s Pie Shop. It wouldn’t look out of place as an exhibit in St. Fagans.

The retro-feel continues inside the shop, with heater cabinets laden with baked goods, beige wallpaper, and a traditionally branded menu.

price

£1.65 for a big foot. It’s actually a bit of a bargain.

appearance

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The texture of the golden pastry was a bit rough

With its classic oval shape, the pastry lid had a nice golden brown color and a slightly rough-looking texture. Once its foil was removed from the tray, a ‘Clarpie’ stamp was barely visible on the bottom of the pie.

Taste

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it was very tasty pie

The proof is in the food and it was a delicious pie. Thick, crispy and slightly crunchy pastry stuffed well with hot mince in the gravy.

Thankfully the pie did cool down a bit during my trip home so I didn’t end up with a tash of Clark’s.

However, I found all pastries to be a touch on the hard side and I think a light touch with the salt shaker would benefit the mince.

Victoria Park Pie Company

shop

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The outside of Victoria Park Pie Company has a much more contemporary look, with a colorful logo depicting Mary Clark.

However, the interior of the shop has a cooler, more minimalist feel than Clark’s shop and less eclectic pie displays in the form of hot items placed at the back of the shop.

price

£2.30. It’s 55p more expensive than the Clark, but I still think it’s a good value for a big pie.

appearance

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The pastry had a smoother appearance which made it more appealing.

Another delicious golden brown color, the oval Victoria Park Pie was topped with an edible rice paper label celebrating the company’s more than 100 years of history.

The pastry had a smoother appearance than Clark’s, which I think makes it look more appealing.

Taste

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Keema had a nice meaty and peppery hit

Filled with mincemeat in a gravy darker than Clark’s pie, a cut-through revealed that it also had thin pastry walls.

This was another lovely pie in terms of taste. The pastry was light and crisp and the hot mince in the thick gravy was a nice meaty and tangy hit.

final call

These are both great classic minced beef pies and are real Cardiff institutions that are well worth checking out.

However, it was the lightness of Victoria Park Pie Company’s pastry and the more balanced spice on the minced beef that eluded it for me.

But, at the 55p difference in price, I can imagine many people’s loyalty would still be with the cheaper and more famous one called Clark’s Pie.

If you’ve tried pies from Clark & ​​Victoria Park Pie Company, please let me know which one you prefer.

I really hope it doesn’t cause as much controversy as I pitted Dorothy against Tony.

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