100 years of love and life in one East End market

Pie and Mash down the Roman Road

“Filled with hearty goodness and packed together with care, this book will go down a treat” 
Evening Standard

“rich and compelling”

“A still point in a turning world … a shop front onto the past”
Mail on Sunday

“An emotional encounter with Bow’s very tumultuous history”
Roman Road LDN


This is the story of the Roman Road, an East End pie and mash shop
and the lives and loves of the people who have worked and eaten there.

G Kelly’s Pie and Mash has been run by the same family in the Roman Road in Bow for nearly a hundred years; an East End institution and the still point of a turning world.

Outside its windows the Roman Road has seen an extraordinary revolution – from women’s liberation and industrialisation to world wars and immigration – and yet at its heart it remains one of the last traditional market roads of London.

Pie and Mash on the Roman Road is the biography of that shop and of the people – customers, suppliers, employees, owners – who passed through it, and continue to do so.

Through vivid tales of ordinary lives the book will tell the extraordinary story of the community living around the oldest trading route in Britain, and the true heart of the East End.


Author Melanie McGrathMelanie McGrath was born in Essex, and is the author of critically acclaimed, bestselling non-fiction, including Silvertown and The Long Exile, and writes fiction as M.J. McGrath. She also writes for the national press and is a regular broadcaster on radio. Melanie lives and works in London.



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