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London's best pie and mash

The best places in London serving that great cockney comfort-food staple, pie and mash, plus the increasingly hard-to-find jellied eels

Rob Greig

The classic Cockney combination of pie and mash is increasingly hard to come by in the capital. The pie and mash shops that used to feed the masses are sadly a dying breed in London these days. That's why we've rounded up the best old-fashioned, no frills caffs in London where, pie, mash and liquor – and maybe even jellied eels – are still dished up the traditional way.

Cockneys Pie & Mash

Launched in the mid-’90s, this friendly, melamine-interiored mash house is a young gun on the London pie scene.

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Ladbroke Grove

F Cooke

Top liquor and an affable host at this final frontier of cockney London.

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London Fields

G Kelly

Pre-war scoffing instructions and a limited menu at this Bow eatery. 

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Bow

Manzes

Marble tables and tiled interior located in a buzzy north London market. 

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Clerkenwell

M Manze

London’s oldest pie and mash shop (the original was established in 1902) is still going strong, with branches in pearly-king Peckham and suburban Sutton.

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South East London

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26 comments
Martin D
Martin D

I'm with David M and like Goddards in Greenwich. Best one nearest Ashford Harry c as only drive up A20 A2 and nice part of Greenwich and observatory to visit. There is a pie and mash in Maidstone, but not original

Karen W
Karen W

Don't forget Castles, Royal College Street Camden

David M
David M

Goddards of Greenwich-the finest by far Sarf of the river!

harry c
harry c

Hi all is there a pie shop in or near by in Ashford ???

Adam D
Adam D

I once enjoyed Pie and Mash on Canvey Island, of all places. It was the late eighties so I don't know if the place still exists.

Excellent Pie and Mash AND they were playing Northern Soul!! Nothing more to say, other than "Keep The Faith"

Niky R
Niky R

Just been to F. Cooke, 150 Hoxton St. my best eel and liquor yet and nice people too.

Manze and Goddards on Deptford High Street are no longer serving eel.  They blame short supply of eel but maybe Deptford demand is changing

Amanda Morris
Amanda Morris

Manzes 105 Peckham High Street. Manzes pies are THE PIE of all pies, delicious comfort food, piping hot pies with a good round of mash n liquor, friendly staff and a great value place to go and eat. You can purchase the pies to take away or mail order to anywhere in the country. My mums friend in Devon gets them delivered as she used to live in London and like myself is a loyal devotee! Yummy food that will make your tunny happy and at a reasonable price. Merchandise can be purchased in the shop.

sally
sally

i found it very expensive, no toilets at all, cold and uninviting, wish we had gone somewhere else. I wish I could chose no stars but this will not let me.

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

Cookes in the Bush is a rip off cashing in on the Quadrophinia connection. Gal C is right £8 for a double when the going rate is £6.70!! no OAP discount ether. as for chili vinegar never seen a bottle in there in my life!bland liquor and tasteless pies Cockneys down portobello rd knocks spots off cookes Micheal your deluded mate went lakeside on Thursday and had pie and mash at Sainsys (a Goddards of Greenwich outlet) and it that was a far better experience even on a paper plate and eaten with plastic cutlery!!

Maureen MacLeod
Maureen MacLeod

Arnents since 1914 Woolworth best in London have been eating their pies since I was 5 I am now 76

Gary Colton
Gary Colton

Go to Cookes Shepherds Bush if you want to pay £8 double pie mash & liqueur. Better off going to Harringtons, Tooting same £4 but better. Cookes is a rip off, exploiting a traditional, cheap elder persons meal. Star rating is for Harringtons

Michael Hutchinson
Michael Hutchinson

Well, people keep forgetting a great place in the Bush, A.Cookes. Established 1899 (sorry M.Manze). It has had a film slot, bringing the 60's back to life with it's dated decor in Quadrophenia. Seen many a star walk through it's doors from the not so far BBC. I had been spoon fed that georgous liquor since i was a chubby lub stuck in a highchair. Had always been a regular there and it never changed it's recipe, still original and in my mind the best. I have eaten in many all over London, Wandsworth (was good), Arsenal, Bow (both), Bethnal, Walthamstow, London Bridge, Labrokes, Greenford (horrid), Rotherhithe, and some i can't remember. Well i suppose after dinning on it almost from birth i would seem bias at best. Please go and give it a try, it might be in the west, but it can't be bad if it is still serving it steaming hot with the eels to this day, stewed or jellied! Oh, and splash on the non-brewed chilli vinegar, it's delicious.

Charlie
Charlie

F Cooke I's a proper traditional eastend pie and mash plus best liquor about broadway market that and castles are the best around for the food I spent 8 months trying all different pie and mash shops manze tower bridge is good same as Arments but carnt beat Cooke or castles

Harry&Chris Simpson
Harry&Chris Simpson

Anyone who rates their Pie&Mash shop should try Arments in Westmorland Road Walworth they would then know they have wasted their rating as Arments is the Best in London and England

Harry
Harry

Weird how there's two G Kellys right close to each other. One on Bethnal Green Road and the other down Roman road.

Les wale
Les wale

Hi, is there a pie&mash shop in roman road market near bow, there was one there once upon a time.

Adam D
Adam D

@Les wale Yes there is. It's G. Kelly and my childhood Pie and Mash home. It's still going strong and also serves fruit (apple or cherry) pies in the same style.
I manage to get down there once in a while and it hasn't changed a bit in the 45 years I've been going there.

There used to be two Kellys on Roman Road, but only the St. Stephen's Road end one remains.

Mary Perkin
Mary Perkin

There is only Arments in Westmoreland Road - everything else is imitation, and poor imitation at that !

sally hawthorn (bruce)
sally hawthorn (bruce)

arments pie and mash in westmorland road is unbeatable i have tried many alternatives but none compare ihave been eating arments pies since iwas a child am now in my 70th year as i was brought up in walworth i now live in hertfordshire but still go there any chance i get as my family live in south london cant believe there are so few reviews on this shop sally herts

sally hawthorn (bruce)
sally hawthorn (bruce)

arments pie and mash in westmorland road is unbeatable i have tried many alternatives but none compare ihave been eating arments pies since iwas a child am now in my 70th year as i was brought up in walworth i now live in hertfordshire but still go there any chance i get as my family live in south london cant believe there are so few reviews on this shop sally herts

DAVE  O
DAVE O

YOUNGS PIE AND MASH YOUNGS PIE AND MASH SHOP WAS ONE OF THE OLDEST. SURVIVED BEING BOMBED DURING THE WAR AND REOPNED IN GARRETT LANE WANDSWORTH CLOSED FINALLY DUE TO ILL HEALTH IN THE 70'S.

george collins
george collins

arments in westmorland road se17 is by far the best pie & mash that ever existed-and ive tried em all

Jean Racey
Jean Racey

Theres a great one in Hoxton Market, Shoreditch N1

Dominic
Dominic

What about Arments pie and mash shop off the walworth, road that is without a doubt the best pie and mash in London!

K Booty
K Booty

Manzes has always been a favourite but my all time top P & M shop is Arments off the Walworth Road Spectacular !!! Manzes however now send their beautiful product all over the country for us far flung Cockneys