Top Scottish chef Mark Greenaway has taken advantage of the various lockdowns to expand his empire south of Hadrian's Wall. He's getting ready to open up a new takeaway pie and mash shop on Villiers Street, next door to Gordon's Wine Bar. And, cunningly, he picked British Pie Week to make his announcement.
If it all sounds a bit coals to Newcastle - the idea of a Scottish chef showing Londoners how their traditional dish should be made - Greenaway says it was his time living here in London during the various lockdowns that inspired the new venture.
"Opening a pie and mash shop is not something I would have thought about doing a year ago," he admits. "However, living and learning the culture here in London during lockdown has pivoted my thinking and almost excited me to look for other opportunities ahead of my signature restaurant opening In the summer.”
The pies in question will use top quality British meat along with traditional Scotch pie pastry shells as the base, then being topped with puff pastry. On the menu they're promising:
- Chicken, Mushroom and Tarragon
- Beef Short Rib and Pearl Onion
- Butternut Squash, Goat’s Cheese, and Spinach
- Confit Duck, Lentil and Orange
- Braised Lamb Shank, Peas and Mint;
And there'll also be a dessert version - apple pie with cream and custard.
The shop opens along with the first lifting of lockdown on 12 April. You can drop in to pick up a pie for takeaway, get one delivered on Deliveroo or get a frozen, ready to cook at home pie at home.
Greenaway's very well known in his native Scotland where his eponymous Edinburgh restaurant Mark Greenaway won a slew of awards before he closed it to focus on his newest venture, Grazing, at The Caledonian hotel. This will be his first London restaurant.
More about Greenaway’s Pie & Mash
Where is it? 45 Villiers St, London WC2N 6NE
When? 12 April 2021
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