Nottingham’s first gourmet pie and mash shop is set to open at the start of February. The £300,000 project will transform an empty Boots store into Pieminister’s flagship 134-seater restaurant.

It is set to create around 25 full and part-time jobs when it opens in January.

Although the first eatery opened in the south west in 2001, the story began years earlier in Nottingham when co-founder Jon Simon met his future wife Romany Hogg during freshers’ week at Nottingham Trent University.

Romany is now in charge of the company’s PR and said: “The Pieminister story began in Nottingham so it’s a city we’ve been particularly keen to open in as we know it well and are particularly fond of it.

“We chose Nottingham because it’s a thriving city and Long Row is a prime location for us as we know it attracts a great crowd looking for a good lunch or a night out.”

Romany believes that Nottingham is the next step to progress.

She said: “Having built a strong foundation with our most recent restaurants in Bristol, Cardiff and Leeds, opening in Nottingham is the next step in delivering strong and sustainable growth to the business over the coming years.”

Romany also feels that the Pieminster is becoming more popular than ever.

She said: “The appetite for really good food served up with cocktails and beers continues to grow and our menu of award winning pies and so much seems to hit the spot. Casual fast Dining is a very competitive sector but we feel we have developed a concept that is truly unique.”

The menu includes classic and innovative sweet and savoury pies devised by Tristan.

Moo and Blue is made of British beef steak and Long Clawson Stilton; Tipsy Chicken is an open top pie with free range chicken, leek, pea, mint and Orchard Pig cider and Matador is a Spanish flavoured pie with beef, chorizo, olives and butter beans.

Sweet-toothed diners can indulge in ice cream pies which come in toffee apple, lemon meringue and chocolate flavours.

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