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10 best classic pub lunch recipes

Recreate a great pub lunch at home this weekend with all the classic recipes - start with the perfect Bloody Mary cocktail, then choose from pies, fish and chips or a roast (don't forget the homemade Yorkshires!) before finishing with an indulgent sticky toffee pudding or traditional crumble.

Watercress and lemon chicken pot pies
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Watercress and lemon chicken pot pies

This take on a classic pub pie is just the right mix of fresh and indulgent. Put an afternoon aside to make this dish and experience proper comfort under a bronzed pastry crust.

  1. Melt the butter in a frying pan over a high heat. Add the chicken and fry, stirring, for 3-4 mins until sealed; transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the onion and fry for 5-8 mins until soft. Stir in the flour and mustard, increase the heat to medium and slowly stir in the stock to make a smooth sauce.
  2. Return the chicken and any juices to the pan and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 5 mins. Turn off the heat and stir in the cream, then tip into a sieve set over a large bowl to separate most of the sauce.
  3. Boil the carrots until just tender, then drain well.
  4. Blitz the sauce and 50g watercress in a food processor until smooth. Mix into the chicken with the carrots, spring onions, lemon zest and juice; season. Divide between 4 small pie dishes and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  5. Brush the edges of the dishes with a little egg. Unroll the pastry and cut out 4 pie lids. Press the pastry to the edges of the dishes; trim any excess. Chill for at least 1 hr or overnight before cooking.
  6. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Brush the pastry twice with egg, cut a cross in the middle of each pie, then decorate by scoring lightly with a knife. Bake for 25-30 mins until the pastry is golden. 7 Toss the remaining watercress with the peas and serve with the pies and lemon wedges.

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Freezing and defrosting guidelines
In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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  • Ingredients
  • 40g butter
  • 400g pack diced chicken breast
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 40g plain flour
  • 1 tsp English mustard powder
  • 1 chicken stock cube, made up to 400ml
  • 4 tbsp single cream
  • 250g small or Chantenay carrots, larger carrots peeled and halved
  • 85g pack watercress
  • 3 spring onions, roughly sliced
  • 1 lemon, zested, ⅓ juiced (you need 1 tbsp), the rest cut into wedges
  • 1 x 375g pack lighter ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 125g frozen peas, blanched and cooled