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Owner’s ill-health signals end of Diss Pie & Mash Shop

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A period of ill health has been cited as the reason behind the closure of a Diss town centre business.

Maria Munford, who ran Diss Pie & Mash Shop in St Nicholas Street, said health problems suffered by her husband Jon meant the business could not continue.

She said: “When we first opened, Jon had to have three months recovery from an operation. This caused inconsistencies with the food, hence bad reviews, and word spreads unfortunately. But we did have a lot of regulars – some who have grown up on pie and mash, even an ex-Manzie’s [the celebrated London pie and mash outlet] employee.

Jon and Maria Munford opened the food outlet in September, 2018.
Jon and Maria Munford opened the food outlet in September, 2018.

“But it wasn’t enough, unfortunately, and, due to further ill health, we had to call it a day. With the shop, we just wanted to do something for the community.”

The venture launched last September and, as part of their research for the business, the couple asked the community what they would like to see there.

London pie and mash shops date back to the 19th century.

The shop opened with the help of some Pearly Kings.

“We could have opened a café or a bistro, but we wanted to give the town something it hadn’t got,” said Mr Munford at the time.

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

“We want it to be a hub in the community where people can come for a chat and a bite to eat.”

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The couple made the food themselves including pie, mash, liquor or gravy and peas, and jellied eels.

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