Originally Posted by larryace
What's a pie and mash shop? They sell pies? What's mash?
Among all these great suggestions, of which I will be taking as much as I can, I want to see the real London. Real Londoners doing London-ish stuff. Pie and mash sounds London-ish, but wtf do I know?
Pie and mash shops are essentially cafes which serve, amongst other things, minced beef pies and mashed potato. This typically comes with liquor, which is a sort of sauce or gravy made principally from stewed eels (the water in which they are stewed) which such shops also serve. The traditional pie and mash shops are in the East End of London and date back to the 19th century, I believe.