The year is 1890.
The world’s tallest building is Ulm Minster cathedral. The world’s fastest vehicle is the horse. And Goddards pie & mash shop has just had its grand opening.
And while the world may have moved on a little from the first two of those, Goddards is still very much part of the culinary scene down in Greenwich. It’s still run by the same family, and you’ll find it at the end of a little cobbled street opposite the Maritime Museum. And while most of London’s authentic pie shops have been consigned to the compost bin of modern history, but a few stalwarts stand strong against the tide of sharing plates and brunch. Goddards is one of those.
The dining hall holds over 100, and evokes the thoroughly old school feeling of a traditional pie & mash shop with classic bench seating and narrow tables sitting in front of a bustling kitchen. Now, in the truly olden days, the pies on sale would have been stuffed with eels from the Thames. Probably for the best, mince meat is now the standard filling of choice, but Goddards do offer chicken, lamb, and veggie options as well. All the handmade pies come with the obligatory dollop of mash and a healthy lug of liquor (a savoury parsley sauce for the uninitiated), though gravy may be subbed in.
Everything is extremely reasonably priced, and a single minced beef pie with mash will give you change from a fiver. But if you fancy pushing the boat out, you can go for a double pie and mash. And if you fancy shoving the boat so far it’s dodging icebergs, you can get a triple pie and mash.
And yes, you can get eels.
NOTE: Goddards is open now. You can find out more and make a booking (for groups only) at their website right HERE.
Goddards | 22 King William Walk, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 9HU
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