British Invade Asheville and Bring Their Own Food

Asheville – Back in the day, I spent time in Brighton, England as a college student. I credit those days for my love of neighborhood pubs and many traditional British foods, including the pasty.

Think of a sometimes hand-held meat pie. In the states, our “pot pie” version is a bit bigger, with a little more gravy (not as dry as a pasty), and never eaten with the hands unless you’re into bits of pie and gravy dripping everywhere.

That’s why I was pretty excited when Pete’s Pies opened in Asheville. They’re on a lovely courtyard. The same spot previously occupied by Creperie Bouchon (now The Creperie on N Lexington).

And what they’ve done to that courtyard! You really need to see it before the weather turns cold. It’s gorgeous! They also host live music in the courtyard.

Pete's Pies Courtyard

My plan was to order a few things – more than I wanted in one sitting – so I could taste a variety of Pete’s fare and bring a box home to my husband. And I’m a sucker for Bread Pudding, so no matter how much I ordered, you know I had to include the pudding.

First up, one of my favorites, Scotch Eggs. ($8) “Two hard-boiled eggs encased in sausage & coated in bread crumbs, deep fried and served cold on a bed of arugula, with spicy English mustard.”

These were some huge eggs covered with a generous layer of sausage, but sad to say, they were a little dry. Definitely dip them in the mustard or spread a little on before diving in. That said, I’m definitely up for trying them again to see if that was a fluke. 

Pete's Pies

Ahhhh. Not quite a pasty, but in the end, that’s a good thing. This Pub Pie ($12) was D-licious! Chock full of all-natural chicken, carrots, peas, mushrooms, and a wonderful white wine gravy. Nothing dry about it. And the chicken was good quality and really tasty.

Pete's Pies

And here, my friends is one of the best Bread Puddings ($6) in Asheville. They change the pudding flavors up, so ask what they’re serving when you go. Mine was apple cinnamon with a smooth, not overly sweet cream sauce. 

Pete's Pies

If you’re not up for a full meal, pop in for a beer (draught/bottle/can, international & local) or cocktail, and snack at the bar and watch a football (soccer) match on the telly.

Pete's Pies

Epicurean Note:

  • Pete’s wife or someone else involved in the business is an excellent photographer, possibly professional. Check out their Facebook Page and Instagram Feed.
  • When you go, get to Pete’s via alley access from North Lexington Ave. If you’re not familiar with the area, take a look at this MAP so you can estimate the alley location. Three red umbrellas mark the courtyard. Google Maps has Pete’s in the wrong location.

Pete’s Pies
9 W Walnut St
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 505-2708