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Where can I find the traditional pie and mash where the pie is stuffed with eel in London? I know most are stuffed with meat, but I'd like to try the original.

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  1. I'd never heard of eel pie until your post. I've no idea where you might get one for certain but I'd guess that if anyone sells them it will be Manze at Deptford:

    http://www.manzepieandmash.com/

    Google tells me that Arments sells the traditional jellied eels as well as stewed eels - but no mention of them in a pie.

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    1. re: Harters

      The eel stock from jellying and stewing would then go to make liquor, a parsley sauce for your pie and mash. Maybe that's what you're thinking of? I don't think they make it like that any more though.

      In addition to manze I'd try G Kelly on Roman road. http://www.gkellypieandmash.co.uk/

      1. re: Harters

        Eel pie doesn't seem to exist anymore:
        http://www.pieshop.co.uk/pie-and-mash...

      2. I've been to a fair few pie and mash shops and never seen eel pie. It used to be common but as meat became more affordable and maybe due to the drop in eel numbers they switched to minced beef and onion pies .This is why they serve liquor (parsley sauce) with their pies as it was originally to accompany eel pie.
        You'll get stewed eels (as well a the jellied) and some of these to accompany a pie is probably the closet you'll get.

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        1. re: Paprikaboy

          I swear I saw a visit to an eel pie shop on the Great British Bake Off programme where they had eel pies. Hazy distant memory though.

          1. re: PhilD

            I remember that episode but I got the impression that they made the eel pies especially for the programme. It was in Deptford at A J Goddards.The OP could give em a ring.

            AJ Goddards
            203 Deptford High Street,
            London,
            SE8 3NT

            (020) 86923601

            Also managed to track down the youtube clip.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXSz2t...

            1. re: Paprikaboy

              Your right - watched it on a plane so missed it was a special for the show. Bit of a pity as it looked mighty good.

        2. Found this gorgeous story and photoessay on pie and eel shops in London.

          http://www.stuartfreedman.com/texts/s...

          http://stuartfreedman.photoshelter.co...

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          1. re: gemuse

            Beautiful! I missed lunch reading up on your links :-)

            I had jellied eels at Tubby Isaacs during one of my recent visits to London. It *is* indeed worth that traipse down to the East End.

             
             
            1. re: klyeoh

              I loved reading the story of how Manze's came to be. (Italian immigrant falls in love with the shopkeeper's daughter.) We used to get pie at Manze's when we lived in London. Though I understand the Islington location isn't actually owned by Manze's anymore.

              Since we've left London, I've noticed that those pie shops get used all the time as sets for period dramas. I've seen numerous movies and BBC productions that featured one of the Manze's interiors.

               
               
              1. re: gemuse

                You make me want to visit Manze now, if only I'm in London! Definitely one of my first stops the next time I'm in town.