Since starting in 2003 at a shop on Stokes Croft, posh pie empire PIEMINISTER has gone on to become rather famous, and along the way contributed to the gentrification of BS2 which saw less wealthy local people priced out by trustfunded ‘creatives’ wearing ironic facial hair. Well, they couldn’t afford the pies, so why hang around?
CRISPIN BUSK was Pieminister’s UK Account Manager until he left in 2010 to start up his own upmarket instant noodle business, Kabuto. Whilst his Kabuto noodles lack the name recognition of his old company’s products, privately-educated Cambridge graduate Crispin certainly took on board the Pieminister ethos of pitch-up-in-cheap-area-and-price-out-locals.
Having moved in next door to popular Montpelier pub the Cadbury, he decided he didn’t like hearing people enjoying a few drinks and chatting in its much-loved beer garden, so began a campaign of noise complaints to the council.
And in a VICTORY FOR BRAYING HOORAY HENRYS everywhere, Busk succeeded in almost getting the pub’s licence revoked – with the lasting result that you can’t enjoy your beer outside past 10pm.