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Support from The Wykeham Arms

We’re pleased to announce that the much-loved city centre pub, The Wykeham Arms, is supporting our charity’s work through sales of its homemade pie.  For every sale of its famous Wyk Pie, the pub on Kingsgate Street will donate 25p to Play to the Crowd.

The Wyk Pie was conceived in the 1960s by then-landlord of the pub, Phillip Marshall. It has been a staple of The Wykeham Arms’ menu ever since. Current Head Chef, Luke Emmess, has elevated the pie to new heights with a decadent mix of braised mutton and lamb, mixed with a rich jus and topped with fluffy mashed potato in crispy peaks, served with a quinell of crushed peas.

Jon Howard, General Manager of The Wykeham Arms, comments: "The Wyk Pie is a dish of legendary tastiness and I’m delighted that we can now use it to help support Play to the Crowd. A great pub should always provide hearty food to nourish the soul and be at the centre of the local community – and this initiative beautifully combines those 2 key principles."

Inside The Wykeham Arms

Kirstie Mathieson, Play to the Crowd’s Communications and Development Director, comments: "We are hugely excited by this new collaboration.  If you’ve not tried one of these famous pies then get down to the Wykeham Arms today – they are absolutely delicious! The money that the pies will raise is absolutely vital to Play to the Crowd and our mission to delight and unite our community through live performance. Our sincerest thanks to Jon and his team and to all their customers for their support. We are incredibly grateful."

Play to the Crowd are not the only charity to benefit from this scheme, as 25p from each pie also goes to Winchester Cathedral.

The Wykeham Arms is part of the Fuller’s group and is situated on Kingsgate Street, close to Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College and is open daily for food. There has been a pub on the site since 1755 when it was a coaching inn. Lord Nelson, himself, is said to have stayed there on his way to Portsmouth.

The famous Wyke Pie