The Best of British …Pie, Mash and Liquor


British food has it critics but we have some of the best produce in the world and some outstanding chefs and cooks… Like everywhere in the world you can pay the earth for food or you can pop in a little roadside café and get the very best food it is all down not only to the produce but the chef…

Britain is well-known for its Full English Breakfast, Fish & Chips, Sunday Roast, Bangers & Mash, Steak & Kidney Pie …

Did you know?

How bangers and mash got their name? During WW 1 as the meat was rationed sausages only had scraps of meat and were mainly cereal and water hence they spluttered and sizzled and sounded like mini explosions especially if the skins burst … So Bangers and Mash it was from then on.

Sausages frying

However, if you are an Eastender they will tell you Pie, mash and Liquor is without a doubt the best of British food.

Pie, mash and Liquor… Traditional working class food originating in London and as my hubby’s family were born and raised under the sound of the bow bells… Pie and mash with liquor can be found on the menu at every single family do along with Jellied ells and plenty of shellfish… Tradition cites that a true cockney is born within earshot of those bells…which ring out from St. Mary- le Bow Church, Cheapside.

That’s that sorted then isn’t it?

Life HOWEVER is never that simple you should know that …Those bells didn’t ring for 21 years as they were damaged badly in WW 2 so between 1940 and 1961 they were silent but an appeal for money to repair bells was launched and run by London’s Pearly King and Queen and finally, in 1961 they were fully restored and returned to the church.

The first peal for over 21 years from St. Mary-le-Bow Church.

What a proud moment for Londoners…

The debate about who is a true cockney lingers on…

Back to pie mash and liquor, the pie is always made from the liquor of stewed eels and if you can get hold of an original recipe ..hold on tight because most lips are tightly sealed and they won’t give up their recipe for no man or women.

One of the original and oldest Pie shops WAS world-famous Manzes always crowded and very popular with East Enders. It is now closed ..a sad day for the residents of Islington in London… They should give shops like this some sort of status as this iconic food is part and parcel of the East End of London’s tradition.

There are still shops which sell pie and mash and this one is probably now the oldest… F. Cooke and be warned do not mention the G word or your feet won’t touch the ground on your way out…

Me??? I come from south of England and if I had to choose it would be Fish and Chips…no mushy peas, or eels or that green liquor ( and ) you know why…Don’t you ???

I would just opt for good old  Fish and Chip served in a newspaper and eaten on a bench by the sea or the river if in London.

Do you love Pie, Mash and Liquor????? Have you eaten Jellied eels???

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22 thoughts on “The Best of British …Pie, Mash and Liquor

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  2. Sheryl

    I enjoyed learning about several traditional British foods. I’ve only ever had eel once in my life – and that was at an Asian restaurant. I hadn’t realized that it was also a British food.

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    1. Carol Post author

      Yes, it is and has been for centuries in the Uk…There are many old recipes for cooking and killing eels which is no mean feat…Not a task I would happily undertake…Eels are also a popular fish here 🙂 x


  3. Stevie Turner

    Reblogged this on Stevie Turner, Indie Author. and commented:
    I’m an EastEnder and as a kid ate pie and mash and liquor from Kelly’s in Green Street and also from their shop in Roman Road market. I prefer pie and mash to fish and chips, as the latter are usually too greasy. At Kelly’s, long black eels would swim in a container displayed in the shop window. My grandmother would point out which eel she wanted, and wait for her tub of jellied eels to be produced. I always thought the green liquor was parsley sauce though?

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    1. Carol Post author

      Parsley and the eel liquor so I am told although it is a closely guarded secret…Thank you so much for the reblog I am so pleased it revived some memories for you Stevie of your Grandmother 🙂 x

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  4. Sue Dreamwalker

    I am not one for the Jellied Eels either lol But there are some great pub food and restaurants now in the UK . And they do do a great Pie and Chips, LoL But I think the Cookery Programs on TV have done wonders in getting people back into their own kitchens and baking and cooking again.
    And they want more from their menu’s theses days.. 🙂
    But you can not beat home cooking for sure..
    Take care Carol and nice to have caught this post from you this morning xx

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