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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. 

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!

16 hours ago

The incredible @bobbymaircomedian will be closing our comedy night with an outstanding set 🎭 having appeared on @russellhoward Russell Howard’s Funny show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, @nmt_buzzcocks 8 out of 10 Cats, Sweat the Small Stuff, Virtually Famous, The Hour + more, Bobby is going to be bringing his best bits to Cookes Christmas special so do not miss out 🍻 🥧 🎭 🥂 Tickets available in store / call 01245 961178, DM or online: f-cooke-pie-and-mash.designmynight.com/64f5cd25dd83226dc441a551/cookes-comedy ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

When home deliveries look this good 😍😍 If it’s too cold for you to come out or you want to order a hot delicious delivery for a loved one, you can use Deliveroo & Just Eat or call us on 01245 961178 to place your order 😋 ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

With the cold weather fast approaching and the cost of living crisis here, we’re proud to be a warm space offering a cup of tea and community to anyone who needs it. Whether you come and work from Cookes, bring the kids in for a cheap meal, or let your grandparents know they can enjoy a cup of tea for free; we’re here this winter as a warm space. Don’t sit at home alone in the cold, come and join us for a cuppa. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Big Black Friday announcement 📣 10% off when booking a table of 6 for our next comedy night on Friday 15th December. Must be a full table on the night and tables cannot be saved unless paid for. Limited tables available so set your alarms for tomorrow and go go go! Offer available 10am-7pm tomorrow on Black Friday only. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

When all you need is a pie and liquor full of chilli vinegar 😍 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

The Black Friday bundle is here 🎉🎉🎉What would usually be £70 is now £55 for this week only… run don’t walk! ... 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  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  No amount of chilli vinegar and pepper can cover up for the fact that the pies are terrible. The mincemeat was more like a hamburger inside a stodgy case. I... 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  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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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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