In a show filled with greedy, violent and lustful personalities, Hot Pie from Game of Thrones stands out as an innocent and docile character. Perhaps the only other individual who shares those traits is Samwell Tarly (played by John Bradley-West).
You may remember Hot Pie (played by Ben Hawkey) as Arya’s friend. He, Arya and Robert Baratheon’s bastard son Gendry (what ever happened to him?) were the only three Night’s Watch recruits who survived Lannister capture. He eventually left Arya’s side to choose a safer life for himself as the baker at the Inn at the Crossroads.
Before Hot Pie and Arya parted ways he gave her an adorable gift. He baked her a loaf of bread in the shape of a Dire Wolf. That parting in season three was the last we saw of Hot Pie until [SPOILER!!] this season, when Arya came back to the inn and Hot Pie told her Jon Snow became the King of the North. If it wasn’t for Hot Pie, we wouldn’t have seen one of the greatest reunions of Game of Thrones between Arya, Sansa and Bran.
Hawkey’s bakery opened on July 17 to coincide with the season seven debut. He opened the bakery exclusively through the delivery service Deliveroo. He also exclusively sells Dire Wolf loaves. But the greatest aspect of Hawkey’s bakery has to be the name.
While the name of the bakery is funny, it also has a (probably) unintended reference. I just searched the name “John Dough” and came up with some interesting results. It turns out that “John Dough” was also the stage name of deceased pornographic actor, Chester Anuszak.
“Hot Pie’s Dire wolf loaves are a favorite for Game of Thrones fans and people are always asking me for the secret of my recipe,” Hawkey told Digital Spy. “I can’t share that, but Deliveroo customers will have the chance to try them themselves. You don’t even need to take a dangerous walk down the King’s Road to visit, it comes to you.”
Deliveroo also expressed that it was honored to be working with Hawkeye in bringing GOT goodies to the masses. “It’s brilliant that we have been able to help Ben realize his dream of opening a real-world bakery, bringing a classic piece of on-screen cuisine to the real world,” a spokesperson told Digital Spy. “At Deliveroo we want to make good on our promise to widen access to the world’s best food, whether it’s from ours or from Westeros. Just search “You Know Nothing John Dough” in the app.”
Hawkey’s bakery isn’t the first time someone brought together the food, drink and Game of Thrones. If you’re in the D.C area, you still have time to check out the Game of Thrones Pop-Up Bar (PUB). It’s open every day until August 27th located at 1839-1843 7th St. NW in D.C.
The pop-up is a collaboration between the Drink Company and Ommegang Brewery. In the 3,000 square-foot space you’ll find three bars inspired by the different regions on GOT and many memorable objects, including the coveted throne itself. You can order drinks like “The North Remembers” and “The Lannisters Send Their Regards.” They also have a Belgian ale called “Bend the Knee” on tap.
There was also a GOT-themed pop-up restaurant in London during the season four premiere. All Men Must Dine was the name of the three-day pop-up that celebrated GOT-style cuisine in downtown London. They served multiple courses, culminating in a whole suckling pig. They also included traditional cuisine from the actual books, like veal tongue smothered in mustard.
All of this GOT-themed food is making me feel hungry, but I should probably just fill that void with reruns. Let’s hope that Hawkey’s bakery is back to taking orders soon. We’re excited to see what else he can come up with.