For the love of pie and mash

Pie and mash at Harrington's in Tooting, London

Not many who see that photo, or even see pie and mash in real life, share an instant love for its beauty. But for those who have grown up with it, pie and mash is the stuff of dreams. A traditional and hearty working class meal hailing from the cockney heartland east end of London, these beef or lamb pastry pies are teamed with plain and simple mashed potato and a green gravy-type sauce, known as liquor, made from the water left over from stewing jellied eels, and plenty of parsley.

Harrington's pie and mash shop

Harrington’s pie and mash shop

Traditional pie and mash shops, most of which have remained unchanged since opening in the nineteenth century, have an ambience and atmosphere – with their tiled walls and marbled floors – that make the food what it is. For me, nowhere matches up to Harrington’s pie and mash shop in Tooting, south-west London. This is my favourite food in the world, and this is my favourite place to eat it.

Tooting Broadway tube station

Tooting Broadway tube station

Harrington’s, 3 Selkirk Road, Tooting, London SW17 0ER
020 8672 1877

Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11.00am-9.00pm; Wednesdays, 11.00am-2.00pm; closed Mondays.

This post was updated on 27 October 2013 to add additional photos.

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2 Responses to For the love of pie and mash

  1. Terry Butters

    I went to Links Road junior school in the early 1950s and we would use our school dinner money to have pie mash nearly every day at Harringtons in Selkirk Road great memories and times except for Nans suet pudding every Sunday. terry butters

    • Thanks for the comment Terry – I can’t think of anywhere better to have as an alternative school canteen than Harrington’s! Got to agree on suet pudding, though – I wouldn’t want to eat my nan’s, either…!

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