Eels and Mash


I’m not one for taking pictures of my own lunch but this has to be a worthy exception. Until last week I’d never had East End Eels. I’d heard about Pie and Mash shops and Jellied Eels, of course, but never sampled the delights. A trip to Hackney and there stands an old established Eel and Pie shop. On a perishing cold day, it seemed sensible to have a hot dinner.

Under that sea of green lurk the eels in question, the sea of green is described as liquor, but to you and me it would be parsley sauce ( though not made with milk ). The eels are slow cooked in a large pot there is a handsome dollop of mash to weld everything together. Hot and nutritious, I was not expecting the eels to have bones but they did have little delicate bits in the center of each roundel of fishiness. It was eaten with a spoon and fork ( no knives were apparent, but then this is the East End Guvnor )

The shop itself with tables firmly anchored to the floor and sawdust scattered over the floor made for the genuine article. What on earth was that for? Perhaps I was meant to spit out the bones.

It was delicious. Some people apparently have this combo with a meat pie. That will have to remain an adventure for the future.


eel shop

This is the place and it’s on Broadway Market in Hackney
Try it!

Published by pauldaviescartoons

Professional cartoonist and illustrator for many many years, based in UK.Worked for loads of really pleasant people and the odd rogue on a very wide range of projects.

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