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The pop-up bar in a London pie-and-mash shop is back for good

Laura Richards

Walthamstow cocktail bar The Jellied Eel – the most popular thing to come out of a pie-and-mash shop since, well, pie and mash – has just announced its return. The cocktail and croquetas concept first popped up in the evenings at L.Manze’s on Walthamstow High Street in autumn 2018. Following two further successful pop-up stints – often with queues out the door – the popular pop-up watering hole is making a return to east London, and this time it’s permanent.   

manzes pie shop, now the Jellied Eel cocktail bar by night

Back again from Friday September 20, The Jellied Eel will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights (don’t worry, the pie-and-mash antics will continue as usual by day). Bar-goers can enjoy a tried-and-tested combo of croquetas and cocktails, all while marvelling at the unique, ornate and Grade II-listed interior. On warmer nights, Manze's goods yard will also be transformed into a cocktail garden, a great spot for indulging in a Rhubarb Negroni. 

the jellied eel, walthamstow

New cocktails on the menu will include a Chilli Pisco Sour, and while croquetas are a menu mainstay, the bar will also be adding a range of Med-inspired small plates to its offering, including fried squid and Merguez sausages. And there's not an actual jellied eel in sight.  

jellied eel, walthamstow

The Jellied Eel is opening for good from Friday September 20 at L Manze’s, 76 High Street, E17 7LD. Open Fridays and Saturdays only, 7pm-midnight. 

Find more atmospheric spots for a drink in our list of London’s best cocktail bars.

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