A pie and mash shop in East London which has been described as “a unique part of the capital’s history’ has just been given the news that it has been awarded a prestigious Grade II listing. The shop, L Manza Eel, located on Walthamstow High Street, has been recognised by English Heritage for its beautiful preserved interior. The delicious, and tradition, East End food offered here attracts masses of foodies from right across London and is gaining new customers all the time.
Jacqueline Cooper is the current owner of the shop, her family having run the business for 27 years, and she believes this accolade is a great boost for the area. She said that the shop was a real gem in Walthamstow and she was delighted to have received the listing as the shop is simply beautiful. She added that they still got all walks of life in to sample the grub on offer although it has become trendier in recent times since David Beckham let it become known that he was a huge pie and mash fine.
Ed Vaizey, the Heritage Minister, said that traditional pie and mash shops were as much a part of London as Beefeaters and black cabs. He added that the L Manze shop was a unique piece of the heritage of the capital and was as popular and relevant today as it was back in the 20’s when it first opened.
Roger Bowdler is English Heritage’s designation director, and he has said that this wonderful example of 1920’s architecture, with its beautiful interior, is one of the best example of an increasingly rare type of building, and definitely deserved its Grade II listing. The shop was opened by Luigi Manze in 1929, and his family ran the eatery in East London until 1970.