Last chance to visit Deptford’s pie shop

When the Thames Path opened 28 years ago walkers could choose between two pie and mash shops in Deptford High Street.

But this year will be the last chance to enjoy pie and mash in Deptford as it has been announced that the surviving one will close early next year 2025.

Manze’s at 204 Deptford High Street, on the corner of Lamerton Street, opened in 1914 having been founded by Michele Manze from Ravello in Italy who had intended selling ice cream.

The shop is now owned by his grandson George Mascall who is anxious to retire having worked there for 45 years.

The small building is listed Grade II by Historic England for its traditional seating, white tile walls and marble tables. The Twentieth Century Society held its Christmas lunch there last year.

If you are not stopping for lunch at the Dog & Bell on the path it might be worth keeping ahead inland for 300 yards to experience the pie and mash shop for a last time.

Manze’s is open Wednesday to Saturday 9.30am-2pm. The meat pies are handmade daily to a secret recipe.

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