The East End cockney's favourite - Pie and Mash has been around since the 1800's and was first created to make use of cheap ingredients such as potatoes and eels. Although an ever popular dish, Pie and Mash shops are now rare; there are only 80 known establishments across the UK, and you have to hunt them down to enjoy this traditional winter fare.
You will be pleased to know we have taken our time exploring the streets of London to hand select the capital's best places to enjoy the cockney king of feasts, so get ready to have your taste buds tickled.
Mother Mash - Truly the 'mother ship' of Pie and Mash. The slick and contemporary newly opened business has two restaurants, one in Bank and one just off Regent Street. The menu is cleverly conceived to follow three steps to create your perfect meal; this is customised Pie and Mash at its finest.
Choose from a tantalising choice of pies (including Lamb and Rosemary, Chicken, Ham and Leek) or sausages (such as Lamb and Mint, Beef and Guinness) and add a wallop of the tastiest mash money can buy. Pick from a 'mashed' or 'bashed' texture in 6 different styles such as 'Champ Mash' (cheddar cheese and spring onions) or 'Horseradish Mash'. Finish off with a slathering of their gravy, choose from a selection including 'Farmer's gravy' (red wine, onion, smoked bacon, mushrooms) or traditional 'Liquor' gravy.
Take advantage of their generous selection of booze, it is the party season after all! Look out for their Christmas menus featuring turkey and chipolata pies with rich cranberry sauce accompanied by a glass of bubbly.
M Manze's - Step back to 1890's London as you enter the longest running Pie and Mash restaurant in the UK. They keep their menu traditional and basic, but with the finest ingredients. Jellied or stewed eels are served with a lashing of mash, or you can sample their famous mince and potato pies. The mash and pastries are all freshly made on site. Look out for their cockney themed evenings to really get into the spirit of things!
G Kelly - Situated on the East End streets of the Roman Market in Bow, within ear shot of the famed bow bells, stands this traditional Pie and Mash haven. The owners are very proud of their history, having been making pies for 70 years. Their scrumptious pies are purely traditional London fare, using ethically sourced produce and local suppliers. They offer take-away as well as having two cosy restaurants to lounge in.