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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. 
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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!

6 hours ago

Happy Monday 😍😍Is there anything better than the famous F. Cooke pie and mash covered in our signature liquor with Cookes chilli vinegar and pepper? We think not!We can cater for your party / event at our beautiful spacious shop or at your own location. Get in touch if you would like to serve this to impress your guests or customers 😍 ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

Perfect place to bring the little ones and start them young (even if it is with gravy!) they’ll make it onto liquor before you know it 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 It’s Coming Home 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Huge congratulations to the Lionesses bringing it home 🏆 what a win 🏆 It calls for one type of celebration if you ask us 🎊🥧🎊🥧🏆🥧🎊🥧🎊Hungover from the celebrations? Let us help you recover and continue the celebrations in style. ☎️ 01245 961178 for deliveries or use Deliveroo / Just Eat. We might even pop in something extra for the win 😉 open until 6pm, call ahead to book in your dinner delivery 👏👏 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

When Robert and his little helper are in the kitchen 🥧 Happy weekend 🥧 #dreamteam Open 10am-7pm today for eat ins / collections / deliveries 💚 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

It’s Tuesday and that means one thing.... OAP special all day, just £4 for our traditional pie and mash with a hot or cold drink 😍 ... 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  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  At last a proper Pie shop out of the Big Smoke! Been here several times and never disappointed. Great value and more to the point, traditional as it can get.... read more

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  • 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  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  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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