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A Pie and Mash shop sign
A Pie and Mash shop sign

It has been an East End favourite for years – and now it is coming to Diss.

The town’s first pie and mash shop is due to open next month, with a Cockney pearly king set to attend the launch.

Husband and wife team Jon and Maria Munford promise the former Fairchild’s tearooms in St Nicholas’ Street will be as traditional as it can be, with 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 wanted to put something into Diss and Jon has been wanting to do something for himself,” said Mrs Munford.

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

The couple, who are both in their 40s, will make all the food they sell, with pie and gravy on offer for anyone put off by the thought of eating eel.

Mrs Munford grew up in Diss, where her father was a policeman and her mother is the assistant priest at St Mary’s Church.

Mr Munford is from Long Stratton. Both have London in their family backgrounds.

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