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Pie 'n' mash London
There can be few institutions more synonymous with the East End of London than pie 'n' mash shops. In the early 20th century, they could be found all over this historically working-class area of the capital but, today, the tradition is being kept alive by only a handful of establishments. Many are still evocative of their golden era, with age-old recipes and art deco fittings, while their offering remains simple - mince-filled pies, mash and liquor (a type of parsley sauce). Some shops even still sell that other Cockney staple, eel, be it jellied or stewed.