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New tasty 'Pilgrim's Treat' for visitors to Gloucester Cathedral

25th March 2010

World famous Gloucester Cathedral will offer an extra tasty reason to visit from May – a unique ‘Pilgrim Pie’ made exclusively from ingredients sourced in Gloucestershire.

Now as well as being wowed by the heritage and history of the magnificent building, visitors can also be part of a 900 year tradition when they take a break in the coffee shop.

Delving back in to medieval recipes, a Stroud pasty company has emerged triumphant in a hotly contested competition to create the special pie to be sold exclusively in the coffee shop at Gloucester Cathedral.

But while a reminder of the days of hungry pilgrimages, the plans may contravene an ancient law dating from the time of the Domesday Book.

One local researcher has claimed that in the 11th century Egbert of Wessex banned the sale of the pies, possibly because they proved a little too popular with the clergy.

However, the Cathedral says that while it will ‘bear the proclamation in mind’ it is confident it can go ahead and offer the modern day version.

Now visitors to the popular tourist spot are set to be able to tuck in to both the Pilgrim Pie – a hogget lamb, onion, garlic, white beans, herbs and honey-roasted carrot pie – and a new vegetarian option, Monk’s Pie, with a filling of white beans, onions, spinach, nettles, fresh herbs and Single Gloucester cheese.

Both pies are triangular in shape to represent the Holy Trinity and are enclosed in golden pastry.

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