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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

A History Of Pie And Mash

A History Of Pie And Mash
Pie, Mash and Liquor
[image courtesy of LondonLifeImages.com copyright 2007]

Quotation Parsley sauce (known as liquor) was added to provide flavour to the minced beef pie and mashed potato. Quotation
We take a look at the origins of this London favourite and find the best places to get it...

Pie and Mash was the staple diet of working class people in the Eastern and Southern parts of London in the 18th and 19th centuries.

During this industrial time, the River Thames was so dirty that one of the few things that could live in it were eels, which when boiled in gelatine (i.e. Jellied Eels) made a 'unique' accompaniment. Parsley sauce (known as liquor) was added to provide flavour to the minced beef pie and mashed potato.

Manze's is one of the longest running Pie and Mash shops which dates to the early 1900s. The décor of traditional Pie and Mash shops like Manze's tends to be blue, green and orange tiles with wooden bench seats and white marble table-tops.

Today, Pie and Mash has to compete with lots of other cheap fast food, but it is still very popular with both locals and visitors. Modern variations on the pies may include vegetarian, organic or square pies.

Even if you have to join the queues at the weekend, we recommend you see

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