Londonist asks that most pressing of daily concerns: where to go on your lunch break.
9 Broadway Market E8 4PH
Average Lunch Price: Under £5
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
The Shady Old Lady’s Guide to London calls this “stalwart” of Broadway Market the “perfect example” of a pie and mash shop, “complete with sawdust on the floors and eels in the window.” Reviews at London Eating are similarly glowing, with one reviewer chiming in that “at this restaurant, they look after you.” Even the user reviews at View London – usually a sure bet when looking for dirt on any restaurant - are devoid of any smarmy quips or bitter memories. In fact, we can’t remember ever coming across a more positively reviewed London eatery.
We couldn’t agree more with the pro-cockney cuisine raving and since our initial visit have been trying to find the time to return for another crispy crusted pie and obligatory mash drowning in homemade parsley liquor. And, even if the food weren’t delicious (not to mention incredibly good value for money), we’d still long for another chance to dine in this tiled relic of stoic charm.
F. Cooke is well worth a visit. An obvious time to go might be on Saturday for Broadway Market’s farmer’s market, but plenty of other folks are apt to have the same idea. If you can pop round on a weekday, you’ll be glad you did.
Photography by Tiki Chris © 2007