Good old-fashioned “pie and mash” has been a London food tradition since the days of Queen Victoria. A small meat pie and a generous helping of mashed potato with an optional addition of the steaming parsley sauce known as “liquor,” pie and mash became the staple dish for many hungry families and workers alike. Affordable, filling and tasty–it was often the only hot meal one might eat in a day.
In 2014, Tooting Arts Club staged SWEENEY TODD in Harrington’s–London’s oldest working pie and mash shop. Steeped in history and atmosphere, this quintessential Victorian pie shop proved to be the perfect chamber of horrors for this iconic Gothic tale. Before each show, audience members were welcomed to arrive early to Harrington’s for their very own meal of pie and mash.
We will continue this pre-show tradition with our guests at the Barrow Street Theatre and we’re delighted that former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses has taken on the role as our official pie maker.
“Whatever pie you like, he will make it, and it will be the best pie you have ever eaten.”
– President Barack Obama
Since departing the White House in 2014, Bill “The Crustmaster” Yosses–as nicknamed by the President–has operated his own pie company, The Perfect Pie, in New York City. Working from an original recipe – including meat (chicken) and veg options – Bill will serve fresh pie and mash beginning 90 minutes before each performance. Pie and mash – plus a beer, glass of wine, or non-alcoholic drink – may be purchased (in advance only) with tickets for $20.
One dish brimming with history, an authentic slice of Victorian London if there ever was one–“God that’s good!“
Meat Pie and Mash
Flaky Crust Chicken Pot Pie with Carrots, Onions, Jerusalem Artichokes and Black Truffle, served with Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes and optional Italian Parsley & Herbs Sauce
Vegetarian Pie and Mash
Flaky Crust Vegetarian Pot Pie with Spaghetti Squash, Cheddar Cauliflower, Scallions, Preserved Lemons and Aged Parmesan Cheese, served with Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes and optional Italian Parsley & Herbs Sauce
A full list of ingredients can be viewed on our FAQ page.