Walthamstow Pie And Mash Shop Gets Listed Status

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Walthamstow Pie And Mash Shop Gets Listed Status


L Manze Eel, Pie and Mash Shop on Walthamstow High Street has received Grade II listed status from English Heritage. The local favourite was established in 1929 by Luigi Manze, one of several brothers whose names still adorn traditional pie shops across London. The Walthamstow shop retains internal and external decoration from its earliest years, and is redolent of a once-common style of working-class cafe. It already carries a heritage plaque from Waltham Forest Council, but the new listing status confers greater recognition.

Roger Bowdler, Designation Director for English Heritage said:

Eel, pie and mash shops are a unique feature of the London scene, and represent some of our oldest traditions of fast food. This 1920s example with its beautifully preserved interior is among the best of an increasingly rare kind, and strongly deserves to be listed.


Meanwhile, Heritage Secretary Ed Vaizey commented:

Pie and Mash shops are as intrinsically linked to London as black cabs and beefeaters. L Manze’s in Walthamstow is a unique part of the capital’s heritage, and is as relevant and popular now as it was when it first opened in the 1920s. It clearly deserves to be given Grade II listed status.

Next time you're peckish in E17, consider tucking in to some top-grade pie, mash and eels in a Grade II cafe.

Images from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Last Updated 30 October 2013

Gavin Baxter

Doubt very much that they sell an eel pie.


good news! Really deserving of its listed status.


Tourist question here: are the pies filled with eels only? Or are there other varieties on the menu at this restaurant?

Cazza Blanca

The jelly from the jellied eels was the first "solid" food I ate as a baby from this very place in 1961. My family have been eating in this cafe since it first opened. Apart from steak pies, they also do apple pies and rhubarb pies (not served with liquor of course!)


So what are the prices like? I mean how much for a chicken pie and mash?

Jared Dean-Turner

I am a pie & mash lover from birth

I always go to Leytonstone high road one but as I was in Walthamstow I thought I'd try it for the first time!!

I got 2 pies 2 mash
I have never been so disappointed in my life.
The service was so poor and staff looked depressed,
But as I tasted the food I realised why!!! Serving tasteless food!!!
Pies are wrong pastry for first thing mince meat all gristle,
Liqqa was grey not green! and tasteless and mash was like a wet tissue screwed up on plate with no taste at all!

So disappointed that I would of rather had dog food.

I've had better taste from smash mash potatoe

All these people who eat at this place who rate it, has obvious never been or eaten proper East London pie & mash
Get your arse down to Leytonstone high road eel & pie house

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