Persistent rain on this pie run made it feel like I was in the Scottish Highlands rather than the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Which of course was a nice co-incidence given today’s pie was to be enjoyed at The Scottish Arms in Bowral. Opened in 2007, it pays tribute to the strong Scottish history of the region, in particular, the old mining town nearby at Joadja. This is what drew many Scottish migrant families to the Southern Highlands from as far back as 1878.
Back in the present day, I felt a little desperate waiting out front for this pub to open at midday. However, I was soon joined by quite a hungry hoard of fellow patrons. By 12:15 pm the cavernous interior was three-quarters full and I decided to quickly get my order in. The Scottish Arms runs a mid-week special of $20 for all mains (including a beer, wine or soft-drink), no doubt responsible for the crowds!
- Distance: 5km
- Pie Running Time: 25 minutes
There are two pies on the menu. A Chicken pot pie and a Beef & Guinness Pot Pie. The Beef & Guinness pie was an easy choice.
- Pies: Beef & Guinness Pot Pie
- Pastry: Only so many superlatives can be used to describe pastry. Over the past month we’ve been to all ends of the spectrum. This sat squarely in the middle.
- Filling: I have to think back to the Beer, Beef, Bean pie at the Courtyard Cafe to compare the influence of the beer based gravy. It had decent chunks of beef in amongst a sweet gravy.
- Cost: $20 (with a side salad and fries + drink)
- Sauce tax: sauce was included. Not needed on the pie though.