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Not Just Traditional, but the Original

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What we're all about

Originally established in 1862 by Robert Cooke in East London, F. Cooke remains the oldest established eel and pie house family still in existence today.

After nearly 160 years and much demand, 5th generation Robert Cooke has brought the F. Cooke legacy to Essex. It now exists outside of London for the very first time. 

To find out more about our F.Cooke journey, head on over to the “about us” page and discover what sets us apart from the rest.

F.Cooke Chelmsford
F. Cooke Dalston
Pie and mash

Our food

Here at F. Cooke our food is second to none and that’s why we remain the oldest established eel and pie house family. All of our food is handmade from scratch, fresh on our premises every day, just minutes before it’s served to you.


Our pies are handmade starting with the pastry which is made from scratch using flour and water to form our signature, light and crusty pie. The pies are then filled with a generous portion of minced beef sourced from the best and freshest prime cuts, finished with our special seasoning to give it the Cooke finesse. Also, we offer a vegan option in the form of a tasty soya mince.


We use only the highest quality potatoes which are locally sourced from Maldon Fruit Supplies. These are peeled and mashed by hand to give you the perfect consistency, bringing you the perfect mash.


To top off our delicious pie and mash, we accompany it with our iconic liquor. Made from scratch using parsley sauce and our very own secret ingredient, our liquor is made fresh every day ready for you to finish with as much chilli vinegar as you desire!


Every week we receive a fresh delivery from Mick’s Eels who bring us the finest and freshest eels from Billingsgate Market. The highest quality eels are then served to you as jellied eels or hot stewed eels topped with liquor. 

Follow us and stay up to date

Make sure to follow us on our socials to keep up to date with our journey and to see all the latest news!

12 hours ago

Soul music radio are coming to Chelmsford this Saturday for a night of soul-funk-80s-groove disco- northern soul jazz-R&B- hip hop- motown 🕺 🪩 🕺 Renowned DJ TJ Dravids will be on the decs spinning your favourite tunes as you dance the night away to your favourite party classics and drink delicious cocktails with old friends and make new ones. Book a table of 6 and get a free bottle of fizz 🍾 🥂 Don’t miss out and get your tickets by calling 01245 961178 or pop in to us on Moulsham St. ... See MoreSee Less
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13 hours ago

Join us for an evening of mediumship and mash on Thursday 25th April at 8pm with the incredible @mediumtrudi. Guests will be treated to our famous pie and mash (included in ticket price) plus a night of mediumship and emotional readings by the renowned medium Trudi Evans who will be in Chelmsford for one night only. The bar will be open all night so come along and make a night of it 🥂 🍻 🥂 Get your tickets by coming into us on Moulsham Street or call 01245 961178 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Get your tickets for a night of medium and mash! DM or call 01245 961178 to get your tickets for what’s going to be a great evening ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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2 weeks ago

When @nadialeecohen tells @esmagazine the building she’d love to buy and live in is our old home on Broadway Market, Hackney 💔 she knows her stuff 👏👏👏 ... See MoreSee Less
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F.Cooke on film

Check out why we are the original and longest reigning pie and eel house in this video!

And if that isn’t enough for you, there are plenty more photos and videos over in the gallery for you to explore…

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What are people saying?

Intrigued about what our amazing customers have to say about us and our famous pies?

You’ll be able to find lots more  on our reviews page!

  • star rating  Cooke's know how to do pie and mash properly. Was so happy when one opened close and knew it wasn't going to disappoint. The family have been making pie and... read more

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  • star rating  Popped in for pie "n" mash for lunch and was greeted by lovely friendly staff.

    The pie and mash was delicious, we ordered 2 pies and 1 mash, one... read more

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  • star rating  Went here for lunch and ordered a pie, mash and liquor. Cup of tea on the side and all sorted! Pie was delicious, mash superb and liquor excellent. One tea... read more

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  • star rating  Excellent Taste, it was brought home to us 70 miles from the Shop and once heated up it tasted fantastic as did the Fruit pies for dessert with custard

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  • star rating  As an ex Londoner I was happy to see I can get pie and mash now in Chelmsford. The pies are a great size and full of meat. The price... read more

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Hire our gorgeous venue

Got a special celebration coming up and want the perfect venue to celebrate?

Let us help you organise your special day. 


Whether it’s your child’s party where you want to transform the place into an indoor playground, or you fancy a more intimate seated celebration for the ones who love pie and mash, we can help you celebrate in style.


For your stag or hen do, christening or engagement party, we can transform our gorgeous venue so that if fills your brief. Whether it be glamorous, traditional cockney style, jungle safari or a well-kept surprise, we can turn our venue into whatever you desire.


If you want to cater for your guests with not only food that’s traditional but by the original eel and pie house family, we can do that for you. Whether its local or far, we can provide delicious food on your special day.

Special occasions

Let us turn our classic globe lights low, create a cocktail bar with a master mixologist and install a DJ booth. If pie and mash doesn’t take your fancy and a buffet is more fitting, just let us know and we can cater for what you require. The only limitation is your imagination!

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