A short walk south from Holloway Road underground station (i.e towards Highbury & Islington) you will find a smart fronted pie shop selling some of the finest pies for miles around.
Run by Paul and Nicky Campbell Piebury Corner is an unashamedly Arsenal inspired enterprise that grew out of a food stall in the couple’s front garden on the corner of Gillespie Road and Avenell Road, a stone’s throw from the Emirates (and the old Highbury ground).
Piebury Corner took over what was once an old London pie’n’mash shop (of which there are too few remaining, one in Greenwich springs to mind) and have turned it into something smart, urban and happening.
Open Tuesday to Sunday (unless The Arsenal have a home game) till 9* Piebury Corner sells, well yes you guessed it…pies. Delicious hot and tasty pies (with no hint of Sweeney Todd anywhere!)
I arrived at about 5.30 ahead of Arsenal’s champions league encounter with Galatasaray. Paul was already sat outside spinning disks on a turntable (mostly ska covers, he even does requests!) and a small crowd of diners had gathered. Piebury had an event on last night, a book signing by @wengerknowsbest which added to the vibe.
There isn’t much space to sit inside or out so best get there early; there are tables outside (made from old football turnstiles – nice) and inside there are a few more. I think one day they might have to think about expanding because on the evidence of football nights this is a busy little eatery.
All the pies are named for Arsenal players, I think the most popular is the Tony Adams (Steak and Ale) and they cost about £4.50 each. I went for a Thierry Henry (venison and red wine) and ordered roast potatoes and minted peas. And gravy. Do they do liquer? Not sure but the gravy was good. I paid £9.50
It was an excellent pie and my fellow diner Tony had a freebie: -a ‘wengerknowsbest’ (chicken, broccoli and stilton) and a glass of wine. I was drinking a local bottled beer, from Islington and they have an impressive array of craft beers and lagers although it’s a shame one has to sip them from a plastic cup (but I guess that’s maybe just for football nights).
Do check out Piebury Corner (even if you’re not an Arsenal fan**) you won’t be disappointed. It’s a great venue for meeting up with mates, enjoying a cool beer and a hot pie before a night out or a game. So thanks again to Paul for being such a hospitable host and in case you wondered, I’m the one that insisted you play 54-46 that’s my number by Toots and the Maytals. Tune 🙂
* Sundays only open 12-6
** if you support Sp*rs I’d recommended you keep it quiet though J