OUR NEW BAKERY & CAFE IS NOW OPEN AT 258 PALMERSTON STREET WESTPORT
WILD GAME PIES ~ FRESH BAKED GOODS ~ HAVANA COFFEE
OPEN TUESDAY – SATURDAY / 7AM – 3PM
A PIE AND TWO BEERS, TALES FROM THE WEST COAST
TRAIL BLAZERS, FORTUNE SEEKERS, WILDERNESS PIONEERS.
They used to say on the West Coast that a three course meal was a pie and two beers. They reckoned the Denniston incline was the 8th wonder of the world, and it was true that what went up didn’t always come down.
They said at times it rained so much it was wet enough to bog a duck, and at times it got so cold the lawyers had their hands in their own pockets.
There was more than one type of gold, and most of the time, things were good as gold. She’ll be right was a way of life, and after a hard day’s yakka it was off to see a man about a dog, and that three course meal.
Things have changed a bit since then, the incline went into decline and the prospectors moved on. Trails blazed by fortune seekers in search of riches, are now traversed by mountain bikers in search of adventure.
One tradition however, as old as our tongue and a little older than our teeth, that has stood the test of time, is our fondness for pies and beer.
It is from here that we bring you our pies, a place steeped in tradition and a pioneering frontier, where wild game is commonplace on our tables. A place where we enjoy food as it was meant to be; hunted, gathered and crafted with care, using simple everyday ingredients.
Our wild game pies are handmade and small batch baked with zero waste and quality ingredients with real good taste. We reckon they are the better pie.
Ps: we’re still working on the two beers
BETTER FOR YOU, BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
We’re keen to encourage more people to enjoy the flavour, nutritional and environmental benefits of wild hunted meat. Why you may ask? Well, two reasons really, it’s better for you and it’s better for the environment. That’s why we call ourselves ‘Bakers of the Better Pie’
BETTER FOR YOU. Wild animals are lean animals. The reason they are leaner is due to their active lifestyle. They roam freely in nature and eat a varied natural and nutritious diet. Venison for example is low in fat and higher in protein than beef and lamb. It is considered to be one of the best dietary sources of iron and a complete protein as it contains all 10 of the essential amino acids. It is a great source of vitamin B2, B3, B6 and B12, and has an ideal ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids.
BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Wild meat is a naturally occurring sustainable resource in New Zealand. Harvesting wild animals keeps animal numbers in check and minimises the damage caused by their selective eating patterns, protecting the biodiversity of our native environments.
By choosing wild hunted meat you reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to easing reliance on the farming industry. Eating wild game is not only a highly nutritious flavourful experience, it is an environmentally friendly and sustainable source of food. They say we need to ditch the meat and that the future is plant-based, we say the future is wild.
The Denniston incline was regarded by locals as ‘the eighth wonder of the world,” descending at grades of almost 1 in 1.25 in places. (That translates to ‘really bloody steep’!)
LOCALS AND SOME GOOD FOLK FROM AWAY HAVE THEIR SAY ABOUT OUR WILD GAME PIES
“Pretty darn good pies, perfect pastry”
“Without doubt the Venison pie would be the ‘Tastiest Pie’ I have ever eaten”
“Mate!!… chomped into this venison pie the other day,’’ so bloody good ‘’ best in NZ by far.”
“they are delicious, I would say the best venison pies I have had”
We proudly stand by our product and believe when you choose one of our wild game pies you are choosing the better pie.
Our ‘Better Pie’ Guarantees…
WILD. Not farmed. Our pie meat is hand harvested, wild hunted meat. It is a natural resource that is free range, tender and superior in flavour. Every animal is traceable back to the land from which it was harvested so we can guarantee there has been no exposure to agricultural animal health programs.
HANDMADE. Our pastry and meat stews are made from scratch using only the best everyday fresh ingredients including real butter made on the West Coast. No additives, food colourings, flavourings or preservatives or hydrogenated fats. Every pie is assembled by hand and baked in small batches, allowing us to control and maintain their top quality.
ETHICAL. We work with Premium Game Ltd in Blenheim who operate with a zero waste, nose to tail philosophy. Their animals are hunted sustainably on private land where they live a natural free life as nature intended. We don’t use any single use plastics in our kitchen and our pie boxes are reusable and recyclable.
GOOD VALUE. We guarantee every one of our stew batches contains 70% meat flesh, and our pies are filled to the brim, making them a belly filling 280g serve size.
“I’ve hunted most of my life, enjoying the simple pleasures the backcountry can offer and the free range meat my family enjoys. I wasn’t prepared for just how good the pies that the team at West coast pies create are, The quality is obvious. I definitely wash them down with a beer, just to feel like I’m doing it properly!”
Word is that they are delicious… as in “stop what you’re doing and drive 3 hours to the coast just to have one for lunch delicious”. It was only a matter of time before those resolute coasters found an antidote to a lack of tourists…and here it is”