Jim and I celebrated our four year anniversary by making a short weekend trip to the beautiful old town of Winchester last Friday and had such a great time. We stayed in a gorgeous boutique B&B called Hannah’s (more on that next week!), walked around a lot and ate so much tasty food. All in all, it was such a lovely stay – I just wish it had been a bit longer! That said, I’m already planning a trip back…
Our first stop was food – of course. As I’m doing Veganuary, I looked for places where I could find good vegan options, and luckily stumbled onto the little gem that is Piecaramba! on Parchment Street. They’re a little pie shop/comic book store with a super colourful decor and as many as 21 (!) different pies on the menu. And, out of the 21, six are either vegetarian or vegan, too! I’d go as far as to say that they do the best lunch in Winchester – it was really that good!
The food was fantastic. I went for one of the vegan ones called Porky Pie, which included BBQ style pulled jackfruit, onion, garlic and paprika, which all complimented each other really well. You could have the pie on its own, but we opted for the meal – of course – that comes with mash, gravy and chilli minted mushy peas. Both the gravy and mash could also be had as a vegan option, which was a lovely plus.
Jim had one of the vegetarian pies called Al Piecino, which was technically a proper Italian pizza inside a proper English pie. It consisted of mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, basil and chilli and you’d think that the combination wouldn’t work, but it really, really did (I cheated and had a little taste..!).
We both devoured our pies to the last bite and swore we’d come back soon – luckily Winchester isn’t that far at all!
The Al Piecino!
The vegan Porky Pie
Just look at all that beautiful gravy..!
Piecaramba! has another branch in Southampton, so if you live closer to there than Winchester, you could visit that branch instead! Personally, I can’t wait to visit Winchester again and go back to try even more pies – I intend to try all of the veggie ones out!
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