Walkers’ are back

September 30, 2013

LCFC legend Steve Walsh  - with a pie.

LCFC legend Steve Walsh – with a pie.

“Tim – would you like to come and have some pork pie and meet Steve Walsh?”

Oh, ok then.

I’m as vulnerable to the well-pitched PR invitation as the next completely independent food blogger, and this one had my name on it. The occasion was the relaunch of Walker’s pork pie shop in Cheapside, Leicester. The shop was originally opened by the company in 1824  – a fact spelt in large letters on the rather smart new frontage.  But they withdrew from retail some years back and the shop was run predominantly as a pork butcher’s by Fyfes.

When that company went under, Walker’s felt it was time to rescue the building.  Many generations of Leicester folk will remember queuing up there for pork pies at Christmas time – a tradition re-established last year when Walkers ran a pop-up shop from the premises.  It was so successful Walkers were encouraged to go for a full refurb and it is now a rather handsome food shop focusing on Walkers’ onw pies, sausages, breads and cooked meats, plus deli goods and hot food to take away.

It’s all rather pleasing.  With the market hall rebuild now progressing apace and Silver Arcade due to reopen next month with a restaurant (The Atrium – no further details as yet), chocolatier (Cocoa Amore) and deli among the early tenants, the area around the Western side of the Market could be developing a head of steam as a food area.

Walkers' baker Ian Heircock with a 52lb pork pie

Walkers’ baker Ian Heircock with a 52lb pork pie

Crowds gather  on Cheapside

Crowds gather on Cheapside

Breads

Breads

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