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29 November 2009

Have Pie and Mash at F. Cooke

Your author is not clear on whether it's open on a Sunday, and it's pretty wet out, so maybe save this one for a nicer day, but F. Cooke's Pie and Mash Shop, on Broadway Market, is an interesting place to visit.

The decline of Pie and Mash shops seems to be continuing, with the loss of Goddard's in Greenwich a few years ago taking away one of the most visible examples, but F. Cooke's seems to be doing well.

Your author isn't sure he can recommend it as a culinary experience as food quality is a little patchy, but pie and mash and a cup of tea is certainly good value and will stop you feeling hungry and you will have had a genuine East London experience, if you encounter the owner, who author understands is called Bob Cooke, who was born above the shop and talks of the Pie and Mash trade with great pride, your day will be all the richer for it.

For more information see the East London Local blog.

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  1. I went here for the first time about two months ago. Superb! The pie was lovely, the liquor was rich and the steamed eels were soft and tasty. Highly recommended!

  2. Goddard's is still just barely open in the little open air market in Greenwich, on Saturdays at least. There's also an AH Cooke's in Shepherd's Bush, which was used in Quadrophenia, possibly a relation. Yum, pie and mash.

  3. It is an atmospheric place, but are you sure the pie was lovely Dave? Average at best I would say! Nevertheless, as an experience it is certainly recommended.

    And Tara, I'm excited to hear Goddard's lives on. I've heard a lot about Cooke's from my Shepherd's Bush connection but have never been. It's such a long way!