‘A real cockney community feel’: Pie and mash shop celebrates milestone birthday with visit from Pearly Queen

The owners of a pie and mash shop celebrated in style on Saturday to mark the shop’s 110th birthday.

Since opening in 1914, four generations of the Arments family have been serving up the classic cockney dish at Arments Pie and Mash in Westmoreland Road, Walworth.

The Pearly Queen of St Pancras & Pearly King of King’s Cross joined in the celebrations on Saturday (Picture: Joel Virgo)

On Saturday, staff, friends and customers celebrated with a lucky dip, win a bottle, raffle competitions and an old-fashioned sing-song with Diane Gould, the Pearly Queen of St Pancras. 

The £420 raised from the day’s festivities went towards two charities, Young Lives v Cancer and the Great Ormond Street Hospital charity.

Customers were in for a treat with triple pie and mash on Saturday (Picture: Joel Virgo)

Cheryl Arments ,of Arments Pie and Mash, said: “Our 110th birthday celebrations went really well.  

“Many customers said how lovely it was to have a sing-song. It was a wonderful atmosphere all day, a real cockney community feel to it, our team worked really hard but also enjoyed the day, too.  

Arments Pie and Mash shop first opened in 1914 (Picture: Arments Pie and Mash)

“We are all very grateful to Diane and her son for attending, to all our customers who came and helped make our big day memorable and to our staff who worked tirelessly.”

In 2013 the business was awarded a blue plaque by Southwark Heritage and Southwark council for serving the people of London authentic pie, mash and liquor since April 14, 1914.

Pictured top: Arments Pie and Mash ‘counter girls’ from left, Becky Rickner, Bonnie Guirard, Pam Pearson (Picture: Joel Virgo)

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