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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. 
F.Cooke Menu

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!

Just because! One hour of happy hour on Deliveroo or Just Eat. For every pie you order, we’ll add in another one for you 💚 #tuesdaytreat ... See MoreSee Less
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Do you have a special event coming up and want to serve Cooke’s traditional pie and mash? The delicious @bobburnseastendcuisine truck travels around feeding happy people with our pies, mash liquor & eels. Whether you have a private event, birthday, wedding, fete, or want to have something different served at your pub or restaurant just let us know. No mess and hassle free but lots of happy people... Freshly made in our kitchen at our Chelmsford shop with the same amount of care and love as we always do. ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

Surely this has to be the perfect wfh set up? Can’t be bothered with washing up either? Just ask and we’ll include a fork and spoon that can go straight in the bin with the tray once it’s been devoured. Work from home but keep it Cookes.... Oh also a free drink on the house to go with your takeaway. Just write in the notes what soft drink you’d like once you’ve placed your order on Deliveroo or Just Eat. Now we’re spoiling you 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

A few wholesale orders that have recently gone out to other retailers of Cooke’s traditional pie and mash. Made in exactly the same fresh and delicious way as we always do, so you can sell on to your hungry customers. Offer something different and unique. Whether you’re a pub / cafe / restaurant / pop up / converted truck or want a wholesale order for a one off event just get in touch. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Don’t forget to get your tickets. This is set to be a spectacular evening and all in aid of ‘The Frank Bruno Foundation’, a charity close to Frank’s heart that works to provide support and encouragement for those facing and recovering from mental ill-health. It’s going to be one not to be missed. ... 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  The staff were very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately the pie and mash was luke warm and the meat in the pie was clumpy. Also there are no toilet facilities for... 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  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  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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  • 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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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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