Burroughs Eel & Pie House, Brixton.Posted: June 10, 2014 Filed under: Class, Eating places, Food, Vanishings | Tags: Brixton, eel and pie house, London cafes, pie and mash, Tim Marshall, Tim Wells Comments Off on Burroughs Eel & Pie House, Brixton.
Burroughs Eel & Pie House, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton. © Tim Marshall.
A University Education by Tim Wells:
The poshos behind me in the pie and mash queue
are puzzled. Firstly that there’s a queue, secondly
that the disappearing London they’d set out to discover
At the counter I order large pie and mash. Easy,
one perfect pie, mash smoothed to the side of the plate
and smothered with liquer. It fair sets a fellow.
There is some disquiet after me however.
Adding some toit to his hoity voice the chap behind
declares ‘I can’t seem to see a menu’.
The old girl serving stabs her wooden spoon
into the steaming vat of mash, stares at him blankly
and states, ‘this is a pie and mash shop dear.’
The rest of us punters burst into laughter.
A toff fumbles for change.