Pies have been served across the capital for centuries, whether in the East End by bakers on carts or in the west at Twickenham, where there’s even an island named after the eel pies that were served to passing boatmen. Work your way through our pick of the top pie and mash restaurants in London.
Goddards at Greenwich
Get your pie fix every day at Goddards at Greenwich. The original family-run pie 'n' mash shop in Deptford opened in 1890 and has since closed, but the family venture lives on in its characterful pie and mash Greenwich restaurant. Choose from pies such as steak and kidney, chicken and mushroom, and veggie The Banks pie, or give jellied eels a go.
Head to The Guinea in Mayfair for some of the best meat pies in London. Open since 1952, this Young’s pub specialises in dry-aged, grass-fed British beef, and uses this prized meat in its pies. Whether you choose steak and kidney or steak and mushroom, it’s all about the beef at this venue, which is one of the proud founders of the Scotch Beef Club. Book now
Step into the Manze family's pie dynasty, which started at 87 Tower Bridge Road in 1902 when Michele Manze set up M.Manze. Now run by Michele’s grandsons, London’s longest continuously opened pie and mash shop serves homemade pies, mash and the classic green liquor; as well as cockney classic, jellied eels.
The Old Bank of England
Delve into Victorian legend at The Old Bank of England, whose Fleet Street location is part of a fictitious tale. Flanked by Sweeny Todd’s barber shop and the house of his mistress, Mrs. Lovett, Todd murdered his clients in the tunnels and vaults below this City pub, and used their bodies as pie fillings. Today, feast on more appetising pies with classic British fillings and quirky alternatives.
Munch on a cheap and quick pie at one of Pieminister's London hotpots in Leather Lane, Gabriel's Wharf or Brixton Market. Perch on a stool in these cosy pie shops and bite into creations such as the Matador, with steak, chorizo, olives and butter beans. If you're in a hurry, opt for takeaway.
Tuck into a traditional pie in London's oldest restaurant. Rules, in Covent Garden, was known for its porter, pies and oysters when it opened more than 200 years ago. Today, the focus is more on game, but the restaurant stays true to its origins with some heartwarming pies such as steak and kidney pie, or the steamed suet pudding featuring steak, kidney and oysters. Book now
Although many pubs claim to be pie specialists, The Windmill can safely back up its love for the pastry-cased delicacy. Boasting its own pie club and two dedicated pie rooms, this is definitely a place for pie enthusiasts. Try the award-winning steak and kidney version for a warming, meaty hug or veggie filo pie with squash, lentils, goat's cheese, chickpea and red pepper.