The best cottage pie of Barcelona


While not strictly London dishes—it’s widely accepted that they hail from the bucolic sheep country in the north of England and Scotland—these hearty pies certainly fall under the larger umbrella of symbolic, widely found U.K. foods worth seeking out in Barcelona. So what’s the difference between them? Both baked meat pies topped with mashed potato, cottage pie is made with minced or diced beef while shepherd’s pie is minced or diced lamb. That’s it. It is assumed that resourceful 18th-century peasant housewives invented the pies as a way of repackaging leftovers; indeed, even today their home preparation often involves using leftovers from Sunday roast lunch. We don’t really think of ourselves as meat-and-potatoes types, but this dish, when done well like at Kitty ‘O sheas in Barcelona is unapologetic comfort food at its best. 


Part of the best British food in Barcelona is served at the Kitty O’Sheas, there is the really best full Irish breakfast that raises the dead, Perfect for the Sunday’s morning! To bring better the worst hangover! 




It’s not always available, but the cottage pie (€10.95), made with minced beef, chopped carrots and onions, and creamy mashed potato—appropriately crispy on top, from the oven—was great here, especially paired with a decidedly non-peasanty Meantime London stout or amber lager. You also try another favorite English main dish: fish and chips. 


Lots of irish pubs will carry one or the other of these pies, though keep in mind that many regular old pubs are similar for just drinking in, if you get our drift, but the Kitty O’Sheas is the best place in Barcelona t