It might be a traditional American dish but the humble apple pie has been named Britain’s favourite pie of all, new research reveals.
The study of 2,000 people saw apple pie voted the favourite ahead of British classics like Shepherd’s pie, steak and ale and chicken and mushroom.
Lemon meringue and the seasonal mince pie were the only other two sweet pies to finish inside the prestigious top 10, while a traditional pork pie and old-fashioned meat and potato mix have also stood the test of time.
Further proof of Britain’s sweet tooth was found with the presence of cherry, apple and blackberry and banoffee all finishing inside the top 20.
In the savoury stakes, the classic shepherd’s pie comes out on top, with four out of ten selecting it above all else, closely followed by steak and ale, cottage, then steak and kidney. Fish pie surprisingly failed to place inside the top 20 – coming in at number 23.
Kevin Smith, panel director for OnePoll, which commissioned the research, said: “The extensive list shows the versatility of the pie and what a big feature it is when it comes to the British diet.
“Whether sweet or savoury, pie passion is clearly high and a hard-fought contest sees apple pie narrowly take the top spot.”
Each month, Brits tuck into an average of 2.2 pies, with 6% admitting to scoffing up to six and 1% going crust-crazy and eating over 10.
The results also revealed that the average person will eat over 1,500 pies in their adult lifetime.
The overall favourite pie differed between men and women, with the ladies plumping for apple, and men overwhelmingly voting in favour of steak and ale.
BRITAIN’S BEST-LOVED PIES
2. Shepherd’s pie
3. Steak and ale
4. Cottage pie
5. Steak & kidney
6. Lemon meringue
7. Chicken and mushroom
8. Pork Pie
9. Mince pie
10. Meat and potato
12. Cheese and onion
13. Apple and blackberry
14. Minced beef
15. Chicken and gravy
16. Chicken and bacon
17. Chicken and leek
19. Beef and beer