Ryan Broomfield’s “PieCycle”, a bike from which he sells homemade pies, just launched at Manly Wharf. You’ll find him there every Wednesday.
Broomfield comes from a family of award-winning British pie makers. He left his sales job a year ago to create Broomfields Pies, bringing his family recipes to the Northern Beaches.
“[The pies] are for the local commuters coming back from work on their hump day … they can celebrate by taking a pie home,” says Broomfield.
The concept was inspired by Sydney’s original “flying pie-man”; the eccentric William Francis King who in the mid-1800s sold pies to steam-boat commuters at Parramatta before walking to Circular Quay to sell pies to disembarking passengers.
Broomfield’s bike is a custom-made Christiana cargo bike from the Bicycle Import Company in Byron Bay. It’s hard to miss.
Peel back the all-butter pastry in a traditional Scotch shape (inspired by his mother’s Scottish heritage) to reveal the creamy mince within. Broomfield is confident these pies are “different to anything I’ve had in Australia.”
Broomfield has put an inventive spin on classic flavour combinations, from Cape Grim minced beef with onion and Bovril (an iconic British beef extract usually enjoyed as a hot drink), to a chicken, sweetcorn and Manchego cheese pie. There’s also a Sri Lankan fish-curry pie.
For Broomfield, it’s all about the best-quality ingredients available at farmer’s markets and meat suppliers at the time. He also sells from a stall at Orange Grove Markets on Saturdays and the farmer’s markets at Randwick Racecourse on Sundays, as well as his bakery door at Balgowlah Heights.
Broomfields Pies will be at Manly Wharf every Wednesday from 3.30pm onwards.