6 Ripper Country Pies for Pastry Buffs

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What would a country road trip be without a visit to the local bakery for a tasty old fashioned pie?

The Macedon Ranges is comprised of a collection of historic villages, each with their own heart and soul. And within those villages are pies that will sing in the mouths of even the toughest pie critics.

From Kyneton to Malmsbury, Lancefield to Woodend – it’s time to embark on a tasty journey down pastry lane. Here are six top spots for pastry buffs to get your happy pie endorphins buzzing.

1. Country Cob Bakery, Kyneton

It seems only fitting that we kick this right off with Australia’s number one pie.

Country Cob Bakery boasts a swag of awards under their belt including National Winner of the Baking Association of Australia’s Best Pie Competition for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

It was their amazing Pepper Steak Pie that saw them take out the hotly contended title for 2020. A Caramelised Pork & Pepper Pie that won them the 2019 title. And a Curried Scallop flavour that took out Australia’s Best Seafood Pie along with three medals.

But it’s not just their Pepper Steak Pie that cuts the mustard for top placing pastry. They have a bevy of mouth-watering flavours that has taken out ‘Gold’ in other award categories, including Curry Beef, Plain Mince Beef, Mushroom & Leek, Caramelised Fish & Mashed Potato, Tom Yum, Chilli Con Carne, and Cheese, Kransky & Mash.

Even their humble Plain Mince Pie just took out Victoria’s Best Plain Beef Pie for 2020.

It’s both Country Cob’s delicious filling and their masterful pastry that sees them win awards year after year. You may need to return a few times to work your way through their menu.

PS. They even bake gluten-free pies – spread the word!

Open daily, 130-132 Mollison Street, Kyneton

If you can’t make it to Kyneton any time soon, Country Cob Bakery also deliver their pies to 600 postcodes across Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Mornington Peninsula and more. Visit Country Cob Bakery’s website for more info on how to order online.

1. You'll see trophies everywhere at Country Cob 2. Their award-winning Seafood Pie. 3. Country Cob is a true family affair.

2. Double Oaks Estate Winery, Lancefield

There are fun pie times to be had at Double Oak Estate Winery’s cellar door in the wine-growing region of Lancefield.

Double Oak’s specialty is American Smoked Barbecue Pies that you can combine with a wine tasting experience and vineyard views.

Their tasty pies are made using meats slow-cooked with smoking wood, coal and lots of love. They have three serious smoker barbecues on-site and support local produce and meats as much as possible in their pie-making.

Double Oaks Estate Owner, Winemaker and Pie Extraordinaire Travis, has been doing American barbecue for quite a while. He’s even entered barbeque competitions (and won), as well as being a judge himself.

Their delicious pies are all served at the cellar door with a house-made damper and Ancient Grain, Edamame and Cranberry Salad. Add a glass (or bottle) of their wine to these winning flavour combinations below and you’ll be in pie heaven:

  • Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork Pie: With feta, Labne, white wine sauce and fresh parsley
  • Chunky Beef Brisket Pie: With aged parmesan cheese, tomato relish and wood fire smoked eggplant
  • Vegan Option or Vegetarian Pie: Smokey flavours of soy protein with mushroom and truffle sauce

PS. Double Oaks Estate usually hold a monthly American-Style Barbecue event with their wine and DJ tunes. It’s a fun day out – keep an eye on our What’s On page for future event dates.

Seven days a week, advance lunch bookings essential.

104 Ashworth Road, Lancefield

*Please call Kirsty on 0433 762 629 prior to visiting as opening hours and trading conditions may be altered due to current COVID-19 restrictions. 

Double Oaks Estate Pies

3. Malmsbury Bakery, Malmsbury

Baked on-premise, Malmsbury Bakery has all the classic pie flavours you’d expect from a country pie shop.

Quality and tradition underpins everything they do. They use 30-year old recipes and make their pastry and filling from scratch each day using locally sourced ingredients.

Customers particularly love the tasty combination of chunky steak and mince in their beef pies. Mmm, mmmm!

The best part about Malmsbury Bakery, other than their yummy pies, is the location. Because Malmsbury village is a little hidden gem that not many people know about.

The bakery is located inside a historic old building with a beautiful, leafy courtyard oozing with character. There are crocheted blankets to wrap around you on chilly days. Delicious homemade chutneys, sauces and lemon curds for sale on their counter.  And you’ll need to step over a bluestone-cobbled gutter harking back to yesteryear to enter their shopfront.

A short stroll down the street to the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens takes you to an amazing old bluestone viaduct bridge – one of the finest examples of masonry from early Australia.

We recommend picking up your pies and finding a park bench in the gardens. There’s a gaggle of friendly geese and ducks that will come up and say hi. And a lovely little lake to look upon while you feast.

Hot Tip: Time your trip with the third Sunday in the month and drop into the Malmsbury Village Farmers’ Market. Usually held on the village green along Mollison Street, the market has temporarily moved to the local Cricket Ground. Keep an eye on the Malmsbury Farmers’ Market Facebook page for updates.

Open daily, 75 Mollison Street, Malmsbury

Dine-in options may be impacted by current COVID-19 restrictions.


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4. Lancefield Bakery, Lancefield

Lancefield Bakery is your quintessential country bakery in a quintessential Victorian country town.

Its history is extremely rich, as you’ll continue to discover while exploring the wide leafy streets of this pastoral village.

Their pies are baked on the premise in a Wood-Fired Scotch Oven that is over 140 years old. And the bakery prides itself on using the highest quality ingredients, with locally supplied meat from their butcher right next door.

The bakery is popular for their gourmet-style pies, including delicious flavours such as Chunky Steak and Guinness, Pulled Pork and Bourbon and Lamb Rosemary and Red Wine pie – which are all slow-cooked for eight hours.

Their curry pies are scrumptious and rumour has it their Cornish pasties are excellent too.

Hot Tip: Time your visit for the fourth Saturday of the month (or third Saturday in December) and drop by the accredited Lancefield Farmers’ Markets. You’ll usually find them down the nature strip on High Street but they have been temporarily moved to the neighbouring village of Romsey. Keep an eye on the Lancefield Farmers’ Market Facebook page for updates.

Open daily, 20C High Street, Lancefield

Lancefield Bakery Pies

5. Piper St Food Co., Kyneton

Kyneton’s Piper St Food Co. is renowned for having the best pork pies. People flock from far and wide to get their teeth into these traditional English morsels.

Founder and Chef Damian Sandercock makes these delicious snacks from scratch. He does everything from rendering the lard and hand mincing the pork. Grinding the spice mix. And simmering the perfect stock for a clear jelly.

Damian has absolutely nailed the art of making the perfect pork pie; think delicious pastry, a good amount of pepper and just the right amount of jelly.

You can even learn to make these tasty morsels yourself. Sign up to their mail list to be in the loop for future Best of British – Pork Pies, Cornish Pasties, Piccalilli and Eccles Cakes Cooking Classes.

Open Tuesday – Thursday 10-5pm, Friday 10-8pm, Saturday 9-2pm*, 2/89A Piper Street, Kyneton

*Operating hours and trading conditions may vary due to COVID-19 restrictions. Keep an eye on the PiperStFoodCo website for updates.

Country Pies Macedon Ranges

6. Bourkies Bakehouse, Woodend

Lucky last is the popular Bourkies Bakehouse. Families, cyclists and folk-passing-through-town typically find their way to Bourkies.

You can dine-in* with a cup of tea or take your pies to the nearby Woodend Children’s Park.

Customers line up at Bourkies for pie flavours such as Chicken and Mushroom, Steak, Cheese and Bacon, Pepper Steak, Beef and Burgundy and Curried Sausage. Their popular Veggie pasties are vegan too.

Tip: Bourkies are also known for their sweet pies such as Apple and Apricot or Berry. And their vanilla slices and large selection of yummy cakes are delish!

Open daily, 115 High Street, Woodend

*Dine-in options may be affected due to current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. 

Bourkies Bakehouse


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