Pie and Mash has been consumed since the 19th century in London. Apparently, the original used Eel as that was what thrived in the polluted Thames at the time; and eel is still on the menu at Goddard’s – the topic of this post. Goddard’s has been serving pie in Greenwich since 1890.
Upon entry, I could feel the history of the place. You order from the counter and then find a seat.
We ordered the chicken, beef and a sticky toffee.
Here’s my opinion:
- The beef pie with brown gravy looked amazing but was tasteless and bland.
- The chicken is THE WAY to go. It was covered in parsley gravy (also known as liquor) and was full of flavor and delicious.
- The dessert was ok but I wish I didnt see it being microwaved prior to serving!
All in all, the service was quick and efficient and no frills. If you decide to visit, its a bit of a way from Central London so I would only go if you have some other business in Greenwich (my next post will tell you some things to do in Greenwich), and then only get the chicken.
2 thoughts on “19th Century Pie”
You must have read some reviews that the eel was not great. Knowing fft, especially if the cuisine is unique to a place, culture or geography, you would have ordered it and reviewed for us!
You are right, I usually do order the original as I am fascinated by food history. Unfortunately in this case, I did not research the dish prior to going. I was under the impression that beef was the original. On another note, while I love anago and unagi, the thought of eel pie if not so appealing to me. I will try it though next time.