Open for lunch, this pie, mash and eel shop serves up classic London food for a very affordable price. You order, pay and pick up your food at the counter. Pies are frequently and freshly baked. The furnishings and decor haven't been changed in decades, and give the place a frozen in time look. They have an interesting pulley system that brings up food from the kitchen in the basement. I had jellied eel for the first time -- full of (fishy) flavor. The pies, beef or vegetable, and mash are bland, but they do have bottles of hot sauce available.
Favorite Dish: Jellied eels
For a long time, the “Pie and Mash” – culture has almost disappeared in London. Today, you can’t find any of these shops in the areas usually frequented by tourists. However, Pie and Mash as remained strong in the east and in some areas of the south. And it’s coming back!
So what would be a better place for a Pie and Mash – experience than Manze’s at Tower Bridge Road. This shop calls itself the “Home of Pie and Mash” and is the oldest surviving Pie and Mash – shop in London (established in 1902). An evidence of its popularity can be the long queue in front of the shop.
The menu is simple: 1 Pie 1 Mash or 1 Pie 2 Mash or 2 Pie 1 Mash or 2 Pie 2 Mash (further combinations are available upon reqeust…). Few other dishes are served, for example jellied eels, which is another cockney classic.
Favorite Dish: I had 1 Pie 1 Mash in classic version: Minced beef pie, mashed potatoes (the real stuff, not the instant version!) and a green pearsley sauce called liquor (but it has nothing to do with alcohol). It didn’t taste bad at all and added a further experience to my life.