Listed buildings: Manze's

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Friday 18 March 2005 10.52am
Having just read the thread about Simon the Tanner, and it being listed, I've noticed that Manzes eel and pie shop is also listed and I thought I'd share the (in my opinion, interesting) listed building description with you;

House with shop. Late C19. Red brick; roof parapeted.
3 storeys and 2 window range. Authentic glazing. Shop-front
flanked by fluted Corinthian pilasters; blind box and awning
in working order. External woodwork stained brown, and, to
either side of central door, are windows with plate-glass
sashes and wide marble sills for serving customers from the
pavement.
INTERIOR: the eel and pie shop was fitted up as such in 1895,
and its interior remains largely unaltered, though extended to
rear at a later date. Walls lined with an assortment of white,
cream, brown, green and black tiles, occasionally relieved by
vertical panels decorated with pink flowers. All woodwork
including the dumb-waiter from kitchen in cellar is stained
brown, as are the bolection moulded frames of the mirrors
which are an integral part of the decor. Customers sit at
wooden benches at marble-topped tables, the metal supports of
which are screwed to a terrazzo floor.
HISTORICAL NOTE: eel and pie shops are unique to London and
nearby seaside towns like Southend. They were started by a
group of families, the Cookes, Manzes and Burroughs, now all
intermarried. No.87 Tower Bridge Road was the first of a chain
of shops opened by Michael Manze, formerly a greengrocer, who
came from Italy c1880-1890. It has one of the best interiors
of the small number of such shops still in existence.
Friday 18 March 2005 11.19am
Ahhhhh! I'm so pleased, I was thrilled to bits with Manze's and told the Professor that it was a pearl of a place and the REAL THING (oops, shouting again, naughty me, sorry JonR). Besides the lovely tiles and the feeling of going back to a far gone day, the pies are absolutely smashing.
Saturday 19 March 2005 7.56am
And guess what, you can get veggie pies in Manze's. Although you might have to wait a few minutes.

I got my girlfriend to order mine when as I did not want to blow my 'Bermondsey Hard Man' image by piping up 'vegetarian pie, two mash and liquor, please'.

very nice it was too.

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