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Pie and Mash

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Pie and Mash

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Pie and Mash

The sheer number of nominations on these pages for the “something-or-other ’n’ mash” combination is testament to the importance that the humble mashed potato plays in our national identity. But eulogies to the merits of the creaminess, butteriness or downright scrumminess of the nation’s favourite vegetable when pulverised can be found elsewhere on the ICONS site. Here, instead, we will celebrate another peculiarly English fixation: the pie. Steak and kidney, steak and ale, chicken and leek, lamb and apricot… is your mouth watering yet? A true English pie is a flaky, golden pastry case surrounding a succulent stew of meat, vegetables and gravy. The word “pie” first appeared in English as long ago as 1303 and its usage was popular – along, no doubt, with its consumption – by 1362. The word was used originally just for meat pies but was extended in the sixteenth century to include the equally tasty fruit pie. Pies are enjoyed as being a particularly English speciality all over the world from Rule’s, London’s oldest restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden, to Big Ben’s Bakery in Singapore!


Your comments

I cannot think of anywhere else in the world that serves this dish.

Peter Gray

As a small boy in the 1950s, my parents used to give us a few shillings to go to South Kensington Museums. But the best bit was when on the way home, we would stop in Hammersmith for pie and mash. It was great - Oh happy days...
Ron Humphrey

You can now get pie and mash delivered anywhere in the UK at www.eelhouse.co.uk
Peter Hacker

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I believe rice, peas and jerk chicken is an Icon of England.

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