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Pie and mash shop plans for vacant former Carphone Warehouse branch in Bishop's Stortford town centre




The fifth generation of an East End family, renowned for selling pie and mash for 160 years, is planning to open an outlet in Bishop's Stortford.

Fred Cooke, of Felstead Crescent, Stansted, has asked East Herts Council for planning permission to change the former Carphone Warehouse in South Street into a 20-seat restaurant with a takeaway and delivery service.

The eatery will be open from 10am to 8pm, Mondays to Saturdays, and employ four permanent and six part-time staff.

The planning application included this photo of Fred Cooke as a baby outside one of his family's pie and mash shops
The planning application included this photo of Fred Cooke as a baby outside one of his family's pie and mash shops

The Cooke family claim to have been the first to serve liquor, a parsley sauce, with their meat pies. The pairing is now a traditional part of the cockney favourite, along with jellied eels.

A statement to the council by the applicant's agent, Newton Associates of Sawbridgeworth, said: "The property is run by the Cooke family, who are a fifth generation of pie and mash shops with shops in Hoxton, Harold Hill and Chelmsford. Further members of the family have premises in Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey, Deptford, Peckham and Sutton.

"The restaurant will be a traditional pie and mash shop on the same format and formula as the other premises."

A photo dated 1910 of a previous generation of F Cooke eel importers
A photo dated 1910 of a previous generation of F Cooke eel importers

The application includes an archive shot of Mr Cooke as a baby in front of one of the branches with his family.

The statement adds: "The restaurant will be the only one of its kind in Bishop's Stortford and it is felt it will complement the other establishments within the high street. The takeaway service will be in the form of Deliveroo or Just Eat services and will not be open to late hours."

Mr Cooke currently serves up his specialities, including single pie, mash and liquor for £6.50, stewed and jellied eels and fruit pie for pudding, every Wednesday from 5.30pm to 8pm at the Rose and Crown pub in Stansted.



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