Ma Simms is the brainchild of the people who brought us Mr Simms sweet shop, and is situated in a quiet spot in St Andrew's Court, opposite the Crompton Place.
The menu is simple. Pies, mash and other accompaniments. Pie choices include:
- Trotters Pork Pie, Apple , Cider and Stuffing
- Steak and Ale Pie
- Steak and Stilton Pie
- Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie
- Steak and Kidney Pie
- Chicken and Mushroom Pie
- Steak and Onion Pie
- Cheese, Potato and Onion Pie (v)
- Lamb Hot Pot Pie
- Steak and Potato Pie
I had to opt for local favourite, the Trotter Pork Pie. This came as part of a deal which included mash, mushy peas and gravy for a ridiculously cheap £3.95. My friends picked the Lamb Hot Pot Pie and the Steak and Kidney Pie.
We were all really impressed with the quality of the food for the price they were charging. Special merit was given for the pastry, the big chunks of meat in the pies and for serving dandelion and burdock.
The food itself is fantastic value and very tasty. It reminded us of the good old days when the Hen and Chicks' pie was a force to be reckoned with. I'm sure the issues with service are just teething problems, and this will ease as the staff get used to the flow of customers and the equipment they are working with.
A very enjoyable lunch, followed by one of the worst PLLs* we have experienced. Ever. Food is very reasonably priced and the staff were friendly. We liked it here and will definitely be going back.
*Post Lunch Lull - a very technical term used by professional people...