It’s the fourth instalment of the alternative travel guide and we’re en route to en croute in Wigan!

Your Tour Guide for this episode is the fab Allyson June Smith, a stand-up from Canada.

She’s now based in Manchester and has developed an insatiable thirst for all things pie, so it was only natural that we visited the world’s pie capital – Wigan.

Warning – Do Not Listen To This Podcast Whilst Hungry – It gets pretty graphic.

We meet up with Martin Tarbuck, a bonafide ‘Pie Expert’, the author of a book called ‘Life of Pies’, a quest to find Britain’s best pie. It took him two years to write and 400 pies were munched during the making of the book.

3 people in front of a pie shop
Allyson, Vic & Martin en route to en croute

Martin takes us for the best pie Wigan has to offer and teaches us the techniques to eat a pie the correct way – with your hands!

Along the way we ride on a quintessential British locomotive, find out what George Orwell and Uncle Joe has to do with the town and discover what else, other than delicious pie, makes Wigan a great place to visit.

Listen to Episode 4 of Tourist with Allyson June Smith in Wigan on the hunt for the best pie, right here, on Spotify or on your favourite podcast platform – simply search ‘Tourist Podcast’.

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The next episode of Tourist is out on Monday 3rd December and we’re off to the stunning John Rylands library – your tour guide will be revealed on the Tourist social media channels soon, @TouristPodcast and

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