Pies for old-school Cockneys and people from all over the world

Joe Cooke is the owner of Cooke’s Pie and Mash shop in Hoxton, an East London institution that was founded by his great-grandfather Robert in 1862. According to Joe, his ancestor didn’t just own many pie and mash shops and pubs in the East End, he actually started the pie and mash business by sellingContinue reading “Pies for old-school Cockneys and people from all over the world”

‘Could be better, could be worse’

Ron is a churchwarden in a small village near Upminster in Essex together with Frank. Ron’s parents were from the East End, spoke with an East End accent, and Ron also spent his formative years in Hackney. However, when his family moved to Upminster in the 1950s, his accent changed, ‘because in those days thereContinue reading “‘Could be better, could be worse’”