East End Life – Pie & Mash Shops

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East End Life – Pie & Mash Shops

The East End of London offers some interesting options for local cuisine not found anywhere else in the capital, or in the rest of the UK for that matter. You may have to dig around a little to find some of these once-common traditional delicacies, but, if you want to experience real East End life, this is certainly worth doing!

The East End’s jellied eels go hand in hand with the area’s other speciality dish – pie and mash. Again, this dish originally came from the abundance of eels in the area and the need for cheap and nutritious food to feed working people with not a lot of money to spare.


G. KELLY – My local Pie & Mash shop

Our shop is temporarily closed

We (Roman Road) have closed for a restoration & partial rebuild, we expect to be re-opening this winter. We are doing this to ensure we can remain in business long into the future.

We will be reopening, continuing our 80 year tradition, as an East London Pie & Mash shop. The shop has not been sold, and remains in the same family, as it has been since the 1950s.

The shop will remain in its current 1930s style, with many of the original features being restored. The entire shop front, including the brickwork above, will remain and be restored. The only major difference will be the addition of a customer toilet at the back where the staircase and columns are currently.

We are even hoping to uncover our original tiles, covered over in the 1980s, and return our table tops to real solid marble.

The bakehouse will be refurbished to modern standards, however, we are not changing our methods, our pies will keep be made in exactly the same way as they are now.

We are also making a promise to freeze our prices until at least 2019, pie and mash is currently £3.80, and will be £3.80 when we reopen.

Why is this necessary? 

Our shop is currently split into two structures; the shop, a brick and timber building seen from Roman Road and the bakehouse to the rear, a plastic and steel shed.

The brick and timber section at the front had subsided and requires underpinning. The building next door has also subsided and is leaning towards us, this therefore requires us to add structural support to our adjoining wall. The roof also needs replacing as it is severely leaking, further damaging the structure.

The shed at the back urgently needs replacing as it was only intended to be a temporary addition. We are replacing it with a brick structure to ensure it’s longevity and thereby properly integrating it into the rest of the building.

We thank you for your patience during this period and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused. We will be updating our website as the project progresses, join our newsletter below to receive updates and special relaunch offers. If you have any questions, please emaileat@gkelly.london.


East End Life – Afternoon Tea in East London

Red buses, bad weather and afternoon tea, there’s few things we British excel at, but one thing is for certain, we know how to knock up a good afternoon tea. The capital has loads of options for tea time and it’s not all scones and clotted cream, there’s a brilliant selection of unusual London afternoon teas too. If you prefer your drinks a little more Mad Hatter than Queen of England, then look no further as we’ve rustled up the best quirky afternoon teas in London.