Month: August 2015

Pie and Mash at The Draft House

When friends from overseas ask me what food they should try when they’re in England, I always recommend a good pie and mash. In London, the meal is traditionally served with a liquor (parsley sauce) but gravy also remains a popular choice. After a little research it seems that pie and mash originated in the East End and was seen as a staple amongst workers as it served as a hot, filling and nutritious meal. Pie and mash shops were the go-to for this and you would also be able to pick up local delicacies such as jellied eels. My first pie and mash experience in London was at F.Cooke on Hoxton Street. The inside is decked out much like your average greasy spoon and you go up to the counter to order your food. I had a mince beef pie and a generous slab of mashed potato was smacked onto the plate before being covered in liquor. It was a cheap meal (less than £4) and made for a filling and tasty lunch. However, …