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Diss pie and mash shop opens tomorrow

Jon and Maria Munford are all set to serve up pie and mash, and even the odd eel.
Jon and Maria Munford are all set to serve up pie and mash, and even the odd eel.

Diss Pie and Mash Shop opens tomorrow (Saturday).

Husband and wife team Jon and Maria Munford will open the shop officially on Saturday, with the help of some Pearly Kings.

They will welcome the first people through the doors tonight (Friday) however, for celebration drinks and nibbles at 7pm.

Pie and mash has been an East End favourite for years – and now Diss has provided what could be the region’s first.

“We are really excited to open the shop, providing affordable food, using all local produce, for the community,” said Jon.

Jon and Maria, who grew up in Diss, say the former Fairchild’s tearooms in St Nicholas’ Street will be as traditional as it can be.

It has white tiled walls like the original London shops, and a menu of pie, mash, jellied eels and liquor.

London pie and mash shops date back to the 19th century and have provided a staple food for generations.

“We could have opened a cafe or a bistro, but we wanted to give the town something it hadn’t got,” added Jon.

“We asked what people would like to see and, though many liked the idea of a fast food store, they also like the idea of pie and mash, too.

“We want it to be a hub in the community where people can also come for a chat and a bite to eat, whether they are rich or poor.”

The couple will make all the food, with pie and gravy on offer for those put off by the thought of eating eel.

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