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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.

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

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*PROFILE* This is Robert Cooke, born 1989, Havering. Robert grew up in the Broadway Market bakehouse causing mischief whilst his family were busy baking pies. Bob taught Robert the family recipe from a young age and he worked there most weekends. Robert was inspired by the Cooke heritage and wanting to continue the family legacy he opened the doors to his shop in Chelmsford in 2020, the first Cookes to be opened outside of London. His sister Emma opened Harold Hill in 2010 and his cousin Fred opened Bishop’s Stortford in 2021. Now into its 5th generation serving the same traditional recipe as 1862, the Cooke empire is fully thriving. ... See MoreSee Less
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Closed for private hire today but back open tomorrow 10am 💚💚 ... See MoreSee Less
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*PROFILE*This is Bob Cooke, born 1948, Hackney. Bob was born above Cookes on Broadway and worked there since he was 5 years old. His dad taught him the family recipe and he was lucky enough to inherited the Broadway making it his family home. Bob’s brother, Joe opened Hoxton in 1987. Eating a pie and mash every day was routine for Bob and although now happily retired, he still gets to enjoy a pie and mash at his son or daughters shop when he fancies. The Broadway Market eel and pie house stood for 120 years and was awarded with being grade II listed in 2018. ... See MoreSee Less
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Tuesday is our special OAP day where you can enjoy a pie and mash with a hot or cold drink for just £4 if you look older than 21 😉 come and join us with friends and family to enjoy a taste of our delicious pie and mash from the oldest established eel and pie house family. ... 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  As a Londoner born and bread from Stoke Newington I was excited to see cooks pie and mash in Chelmsford but was so disappointed to be served mass produced frozen... 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  After seeing master chef on tv yesterday, there was a man on there from the F.Cooke dynasty!
    As a lover of pie & mash, I checked out the website, and... read more

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  • star rating  There are two Pie and Mash shops in Chelmsford and no disrespect to the other one but Cooke’s is simply the best. Larger pies, better tasting liquor and piping hot.... 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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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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