EDP Norfolk - - FOOD NEWS -

Time to roll out the bar­rel, along with any other con­ve­nient cock­ney cliches, to mark the open­ing of an new pie and mash shop.

This one is not to be found within the sound of Bow Bells, but in­stead in St Ni­cholas’ Street in Diss. Hus­band and wife team Jon and Maria Mun­ford be­lieve they have seen a gap in the culi­nary mar­ket by serv­ing up their very own slice of East Lon­don culi­nary clas­sics, in­clud­ing jel­lied eels.

They have adapted the of­fer­ing to suit lo­cal tastes and also cater for veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan needs.

The Mun­fords have trans­formed a for­mer tea­room into the tiled in­te­rior of a tra­di­tional pie and mash shop, launched with a spe­cial guest night at­tended by – what else – a pair of Pearly Kings.

Jon Mun­ford, who is a trained chef and cooks the pies from scratch us­ing lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, said: “They were bril­liant. They were stop­ping peo­ple and talk­ing to them. It was nice there were a lot of Lon­don­ers catch­ing up and talk­ing.

“It was a real good com­mu­nity vibe. We were pretty chuffed and got quite a few book­ings from it as well.”

Signs are good for the Mun­fords; they sold out of pies on the first day. Lovely jub­bly.

John Mun­ford, pro­pri­etor and chef with Lee Offord, shop man­ager at Diss Pie and Mash

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