Still in Robertson, the one thing we were told to do while there is visit their famous pie shop.
At first we thought it must have pulled up stumps and headed out of town as when we drove through the main street we didn’t see anything that looked like a pie shop. But then a lady at the Old Cheese Factory told us that you drive for a couple of kilometres out of town and then you find it.
Once you’re headed in the right direction, you can’t miss the pie shop. With its bright yellow colouring it’s highly obvious and as well as that, there are so many parked cars outside the shop you’d be right in thinking that that’s where everyone from the town has descended.
The pie shop has been there for decades and from the look of the building, it’s probably been there since the late 1950’s. There were a lot of people in the store but also a lot of staff and so you don’t have to queue too long before you’re served.
Like a step back in time, the staff wear uniforms and look neat and tidy and there’s a smile when they serve you. In the glass cabinets I noticed a lot of large pies that are available in both savoury and fruit varieties. A lot of people were buying large pies to take away with them and it seemed the fruit pies were very popular.
It’s a shame to visit a pie shop when you’re not particularly hungry but we did and wondered what to order. There is a long list of savoury pies available however I was disappointed to find that the varieties were all very stock-standard and the list reminded me of ordering a pie in a local bakery about two or three decades ago. There were varieties like steak & onion, steak & kidney, steak & potato, steak & mushroom, chunky beef, chicken & vegetable and chicken. It did seem that what was on the menu when the shop opened decades ago is still on the menu today. After the pie shop had been highly recommended I was disappointed not to find some more interesting varieties of pie like Thai Chicken, Moroccan Beef, Tandoori Lamb and Beef Burgundy.
There was a ‘yummy new pie’ on the menu that sounded a little more thrilling and so Carl ordered the Beef Bourguignon with chunky beef in red wine with fresh mushrooms and bacon. He was disappointed and said it wasn’t anywhere near as good as the Bourguignon pie he buys from the French patisserie across the road from his office.
I ordered the steak and onion pie. While the pie was served hot (hate a luke-warm pie) and while the pastry was flaky (hate soggy pastry), the filling in the pie reminded me of ordering pies at the school canteen when I was in high school – curious ‘steak’ and difficulty in recognisable ingredients.
What was good about the pies is that they held together well and they’re very reasonably priced. Our lunch cost just over $10.00.
The other good thing about the pie shop is that there’s plenty of indoor seating and if the weather’s good, there are lots of outdoor picnic tables in a lovely park-looking area with overhead trees providing plenty of shade.
It is a shame we weren’t more hungry as I would have liked to have tried some of the fruit pies, particularly the cherry.
Verdict: Traditional pies with traditional flavours.
Robertson Pie Shop: Cnr Illawarra Hightway and Jamberoo Road, Robertson NSW 2577
Ph: 02 4885 1330