Pie & mash is a traditional London working-class food, originating in London's East End. Pie, mash & eel shops have been in London since the 19th century & are still common in south & east London, & many parts of Kent & Essex. The shops may serve either or both steamed & jellied eels. M. Manze in Peckham have been serving this dish since 1902.
East End slum Street 1912 ~ The Whitechapel district of London at the end of the nineteenth century was generally regarded as being a ‘horrible black labyrinth, reeking from end to end and swarming with human vermin, whose trade is robbery and whose recreation is murder’.
The Blind Beggar - Whitechapel opposite The London Hospital.The darkest piece of Blind Beggar pub history is that this is also the pub where Ronnie Kray, a notorious East End gangster (along with his twin brother Reggie) walked into the bar and shot a man in cold blood in front of the shocked patrons.