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London's best pie & mash shops, F Cooke Broadway Market
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Broadway Market’s iconic pie and mash shop F Cooke has closed after 120 years

By Anya Meyerowitz
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Hackney’s Broadway Market has a lot going for it. The little street plays host to around 135 stalls selling a fabulous array of fresh produce, vintage clothes, flowers, coffee, books and groceries. There are also myriad food options for the trendy east London crowds to pick at as they meander, including Deeney’s toasted sandwiches and Fin + Flounder’s crab cakes.

One of the foodie staples, which has been a crowdpleasing favourite for 120 years, is legendary pie and mash shop F Cooke. The restaurant was run, until very recently, by the founder’s great-grandson Bob Cooke, and the comfort-food establishment had been serving the same menu since it opened in 1900.

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But the iconic shop has now closed its doors for the final time. Owner Bob Cooke told the Hackney Gazette that, after years of declining business, it ceased trading on Christmas Eve.

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It was announced in May 2019 that the family-run restaurant would be closing because it could no longer deal with rising rates, changing tastes, and the emergence of more and more restaurants on Broadway Market, a compact street which runs from London Fields to the Regent’s Canal. But it was unclear when the shop would stop serving.  

Farewell F Cooke Broadway Market, you've been a banger.

Need your F Cooke fix? There’s still a branch in Hoxton run by Bob’s brother.

If you came here because you're a diehard pie fan, don't worry, you can chow down at one of these best pie shops in London. 

Get to grips with everything going on at Broadway Market here, or broaden your horizons and pop down to one of London's other must-visit markets

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