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Battersea Pie

Rob Greig Time Out
Battersea Pie Station in Covent Garden. Steak and Meantime Stout Pie with red cabbage, peas and roasted new potatoes with rosemary
Covent Garden

Terrific-value modern pie-and-mash shop keeping it real in tourist-heavy Covent Garden Market.

With bargain prices and proper British food, this pie and mash house is something of an anomaly among the tourist traps of Covent Garden Market. It’s housed in one of the refurbished subterranean arches, keeping the traditional exterior and flagstone floor, but the fixtures and fittings are stylish and modern: bright white tiles, polished marble tables and a shiny counter.

Besides the traditional fillings such as steak and mushroom with stout, minced beef and onion, or chicken and mushroom are less expected versions such as butternut squash and goat’s cheese or salmon, cod and prawns. They all have pleasingly firm crusts. A chicken and mushroom costs a mere fiver and creamy, well-whipped mash an extra £2.75. Rich red-wine gravy arrived separately in a miniature jug. Ingredient quality was exemplary throughout – so much so that, even though full, we attempted to finish a sticky toffee pudding (£4.75 and also tip-top) between two of us. 

Even for a counter-service place this little caff is terrific value – and is the exception to the rule that central Covent Garden is best avoided by the bargain hunter.


Venue name: Battersea Pie
Address: Lower ground floor
28 The Market
Opening hours: Meals served 11am-9pm Mon-Sat; 11am-8pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Price: Main courses £7.50-£8.50

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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will h

I love this place, but am slightly disappointed that the world is about to discover quite how great it is...I'm there once a week without fail


I'm slightly obsessed with the pie shops brilliant chicken and mushroom pies and the most gorgeous mash i've ever had. Friendly staff, brilliant food, good prices and not a long wait for your order. 5/5 all the way!

Elizabeth W

A really good venue for a swift meal. The staff are very friendly and efficient, and they make a fine pine. There's an interestingly varied set of side dishes to choose from, and the portions are generous. Slightly let down by the mash, which was a weirdly homogenous consistency, but otherwise a great choice.

Dr Darren

Definitely five stars and the best pies in London by far! Disregard the 'brash dance music' too, it's often quite a varied selection and certainly adds torather than detracts from the ambience.


Great value for money and very good food - service a bit slow over lunchtime but worth the wait.


I ate there recently and the pies are quite good. # stars ,nah dont think so 4 -5 .