“A TREAT FOR ALL OF THE SENSES, EVEN TASTE!”
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
Our shop’s pie maker is former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses. Most seats within the shop (except Row J) include the option to buy a pre-show meal of pie and mash cooked fresh daily by Bill. For an additional $22.50, you will receive one meat (chicken) or veg pie, a generous helping of mashed potato with an optional parsley sauce known as “liquor”, and a beer, glass of wine, or non-alcoholic drink. This meal is a substantial main course portion and won’t leave you feeling hungry! Pie and mash may only be purchased in advance, up until noon on the day of a performance.
One dish brimming with history, an authentic slice of Victorian London if there ever was one–“God that’s good!“
Our pre-show pie & mash menu is below; included in each item is a range of the veggies that Chef Yosses may select from, depending on what is in season or looking particularly delicious from our purveyors. The exact menu for each week will be posted at the box office. A full list of possible ingredients can be viewed on our FAQ page. If you have a particular food allergy you’re concerned about, please email us at email@example.com.
Meat Pie & Mash
Flaky crust Chicken Pot Pie with a medley of fresh veggies that may include Mushrooms, Carrots, Onions, Black Truffle Zest, and Jerusalem Artichokes, served with Yukon Gold gruyere mashed potatoes and optional Italian Parsley & Herbs Sauce.
Vegetarian Pie & Mash
Flaky crust Vegetarian Pot Pie with Lemon Zest and Cheese (Goat, Aged Parmesan, and/or Ricotta) and a medley of fresh veggies that may include Carrots, Onions, Asparagus, Corn, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Truffles, Squash, Fava Beans, Cauliflower, Golden Raisins.