Sarah Lynns pies were really good, I remember these when I was a teenager. There were a number of shops and then suddenly they all closed. I recall a teacher of mine went out with one of the sons many years ago. Sarah Lynns cakes especially the blackcurrant tarts with cream were really delicious.
Another good pie shop was Ernie Jones in Abram. I've not seen any write up on this bakers and his confectionery was really good. Both his meat and potato and his custard tarts were the best I have ever tasted. The custard was naturally coloured filling,and good textured pastry tasted just right. Not the over compensated yellow coloured filling you can buy. My dad would always say if mum was going to get pies for tea, I'd rather have those from Ernie Jones - they're good.
Passed the shop about 12 months ago and bought a pie and custard - they still taste just as good as when I was little.
Many years ago, I used to buy Edward's blackcurrant tarts with their own cream topping (almost 50 years ago) and their large tin loaves. I remember being sent for a large tin loaf on a number of occasions and getting in bother when I returned home with the crusty top half missing as I'd eaten this on the way home - it was that good. Their vanilla slices were lovely and the puff pastry was really good.