Pie & Mash
A celebration event
Pie & Mash is a very British food. A very London thing.
It's been hardly changed since Victorian times. A meat pie, scoop of mashed potatoes, covered in a greenish gravy called "Liquor".
It is, in a word, delicious.
Now I've never lived in London, but I did work there as well as a regular visitor. It was only a 40 minute train ride away after all.
Where I did live (Southend-on-Sea) was at the end of two major train lines coming out of London. East Enders used to come down for weekends and the Pie & Mash shops came to cater for them.
Skip forward to the 70's-80's and most had disappeared along with the holiday makers, but a few remained. I have fond memories of sitting in those establishments. Steamed-up windows a barrier from the wet and cold outside, tucking into a hot meal amid the noise bouncing off the tiled walls.
He created a short film, book, and held a live event on YouTube this past Sunday. The pictures in this post come from that event.
It was great to sit and listen to a reading of 'For the love of Pie & Mash' by The Gentle Author. Watch the accompanying film to Jake's photos. Hear from the owners of shops still running. Live Q&A afterwards.
A very enjoyable event that made me nostalgic, and hungry.