As a goalkeeper for a top UK football team, I revel in my nickname as the "pie man". This is my favourite post match pie.
This pie was very tasty. I love to cook so I had to change a few things since some prior reviewers found it bland. I spiced my beef with salt and pepper before browing it in the lard. Also I brown the veggies a little in the left over lard to give them more flavor. As a final addition I deglazed the pan I used to brown the beef and vegetables with the ale and water mixture and spiced it with a little montreal steak seasoning to give the sauce some extra punch. - 13 Mar 2003 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
My husband loved this recipe. I used Guiness Draft instead of the ale and I added 1 pkg dry mushroom gravy and 1 tsp worchestershire sauce. It had a good flavor. - 06 Mar 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Something else. This pie tastes a whole lot better if you braise the beef for about an hour with some beef stock to cover beef makes the meat a lot more tender otherwise be prepared to chew! - 12 Feb 2009 (Review from Allrecipes UK | Ireland)