Is this the best food in London?…
The Cockney Cabbies head over to Manze’s Pie Shop on Tower Bridge Road to sample Pie & Mash!
Michele Manze arrived in Britain from a picturesque hillside village called Ravello in Southern Italy. His family made the long trek over in 1878, when Michele was just 3 years old.
The Manze family settled in Bermondsey and began trading as ice-merchants, turning later to ice-cream makers. Realising the need for more substantial food in post-Victorian London, Michele branched out into the pie, mash & eels trade.
The first shop to bear his name opened in 1902, shortly after his marriage to Ada Poole,whose first husband, Edward Poole, had died in 1891. This shop was at 87 Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey. He went on to open his second shop at 250 Southwark Park Road, Bermondsey in 1908, and two further shops in Poplar,which were lost during World War Two. His Fifth and final shop at 105 Peckham High Street was opened in 1927.
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