Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Sad news for the

Goddard's Pie and Mash
, the oldest pie and mash shop in London, closed in November owing to family circumstances. The shop, which opened in Deptford, London in 1890 and relocated to Greenwich in 1952, had been passed down through generations of Goddards. The menu included a variety of pies, mushy peas,liquor or gravy on mash, and jellied eel, all of which--except the jellied eel--will be missed by Lisa Smith. (Ed. Eel is a delicacy in Japan & China: you've been warned.) Members of the Smith clan, Mark Gudgeon(native of London's East End), Edward and Eluned Smith, and Glynys Hohmann, will particularly miss the fruit crumble with custard, which was truly excellent. Smith comments on the passing of an East End London tradition: "The historian in me sighs." Warren Johnston, however, has other priorities: "Never mind the historian, the lover of good pies also sighs."