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History

Michele Manze arrived in Britain from a picturesque hillside village called Ravello in Southern Italy. His family made the long trek over in 1878, when Michele was just 3 years old.

The Manze family settled in Bermondsey and began trading as ice-merchants, turning later to ice-cream makers. Realising the need for more substantial food in post-Victorian London, Michele branched out into the pie, mash & eels trade.

The first shop to bear his name opened in 1902, shortly after his marriage to Ada Poole,whose first husband, Edward Poole, had died in 1891. This shop was at 87 Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey. He went on to open his second shop at 250 Southwark Park Road, Bermondsey in 1908, and two further shops in Poplar,which were lost during World War Two. His Fifth and final shop at 105 Peckham High Street was opened in 1927.

Several of Michele’s brothers followed his lead, and by 1930 there were a total of 14 pie,mash & eel shops in London bearing the Manze name. Many of these shops have since closed down or been taken over.

Michele Manze died in 1932 and his son, Lionel, took over the running of the two surviving shops – Tower Bridge Road and Peckham High Street. In 1985, the shop at Peckham was burnt down during the riots in the area. A long legal battle ensued and Lionel, sadly,did not live long enough to see the outcome. He died in 1988, whereupon his three sons, Graham, Geoff and Rick inherited not only Tower Bridge shop, but also the legal battle. They survived on the business of Tower Bridge Road until they were able to re-build and re-open the Peckham shop in 1990, although the legal battle did not conclude until 1995.

With both shops now back in business,it was felt that 1998 would be a good time to open the long awaited third shop, and decided upon Sutton which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018.

In May 2019 Geoff and Graham both retired which led to Rick’s daughter Emma, and her husband Tom, entering the business meaning it was now in its 4th family generation which has just started a new chapter for the M.Manze history book.

About Our Food

PIES

The pies sold at all our shops are baked fresh on the day. The pastry is hand made and rolled and then filled with fresh beef minced on site, we only use prime cuts of beef and no other meats or offal. A small amount of gravy is added to each pie before the top layer of pastry is added. The pies are then cooked in traditional stone ovens in large trays.

EELS

The eels sold at our shops are bought in fresh and cooked on the premises. Jellied eels are cooked and left to cool. They are then left to set and put in the fridge. The stewed eels are cooked on the day while the jellied eels need to be prepared in advance to allow the jelly to set. All pieces of our eels are succulent and of best quality.

LIQUOR

The liquor sold at our shops is world famous for its great taste. The liquor here is uniquely different to any other Pie & Mash shop as it contains a special, secret ingredient. It is made fresh on site on the day it is sold, as it is needed.

POTATOES

The mash sold at all our shops is made fresh on the day. All potatoes are peeled and cooked on site. They are then mashed when needed. The great taste is due to the excellent quality and type of potato.

Nutritional Information

MEAT PIE

Nitrogen@ 1.58g/100g
Moisture@ 51.9g/100g
Total Fat@ 9.8g/100g
Protein (Nitrogen x 6.25)@ 9.9g/100g
Ash@ 1.7g/100g
Sodium@ 0.49g/100g
Total Carbohydrate@ 26.7g/100g
Calories@ 234 kcal/100g
Energy@ 984 kJ/100g

A pie weighs an average of 150g, therefore has 351 calories.

MASHED POTATOES

Nitrogen@ 0.28g/100g
Moisture@ 80.3g/100g
Total Fat@ < 0.2g/100g
Protein (Nitrogen x 6.25)@ 1.7g/100g
Ash@ 2.0g/100g
Sodium@ 0.28g/100g
Total Carbohydrate@ 16.0g/100g
Calories@ 71 kcal/100g
Energy@ 301 kJ/100g

An average portion of mash weighs 200g, therefore has 142 calories.

LIQUOR

Nitrogen@ 0.26g/100g
Moisture@ 91.4g/100g
Total Fat@ < 0.2g/100g
Protein (Nitrogen x 6.25)@ 1.6g/100g
Ash@ 0.9g/100g
Sodium@ 0.16g/100g
Total Carbohydrate@ 6.1g/100g
Calories@ 31 kcal/100g
Energy@ 131 kJ/100g

An average portion of liquor weighs 250g, therefore has 78 calories.

VEGAN PIE

Nitrogen@ 1.34g/100g
Moisture@ 52.8g/100g
Total Fat@ 8.1g/100g
Protein (Nitrogen x 6.25)@ 8.4g/100g
Ash@ 1.6g/100g
Sodium@ 0.38g/100g
Total Carbohydrate@ 29.1g/100g
Calories@ 223 kcal/100g
Energy@ 936 kJ/100g

A vegan pie weighs an average of 150g, therefore has 335 calories.

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