Season 2010-2011NOTED; 481A Leytonstone High Road
ROUND 10
01.04.'11
PlayedEels
(4 pts)
Pie
(4 pts)
Mash
(3 pts)
Afters
(2 pts)
Liquor
(1 pts)
SumTotal
NICK EVANS101320224182
TOM LEADER54230336120
BRIAN CATCHPOLE61320224100
LEN WILCOCK30640238100
RICHARD LUCAS5091
EDWARD MOSSE6021011268
PETE HARVEY2064023868
PAUL GRICE4123032464
TERRY CECIL3042022462
DAVID ARKELL2062
LUKE ROBERTS2042022439
DENISE ROUSE3035
GRAHAM McLAURIN2034
DOUGLAS BENFORD2030
BEN HAYES2028
RON COX2028
MARVIN HARVEY1033022323
MAX SHANLY1022
SCOTT CECIL1020
CHARLOTTE HARVEY20.511011018
ALAN SMITH2016
LINDA ADNIL201101816
ANDY POTTER1016
JAMIE TANNER1015
PHILLIPPA TANNER1015
JASON SHARP1014
DANNY WRIGHT1013
ROB RICE1013
JOHN LEACH1012
MIKE WENT1012
STUART FROST1012
TED BATTS1012
JUDITH DESCHAMPS108
PHIL THOMPSON108
ROY TANNER106
JILL CROPPER104

Three years have quickly passed since last we were in the E11 postcode for Noted Pie and Mash. It was another splendid spring day, and I thought I detected a hint of aspiration in Leyton and environs as Edward and I made our way from the tube through the back streets.

When we arrived upon the premises of 481a, everything was refreshingly unchanged, including the celebrated 'Mind the Step' table.

Noted's formidable battery of windowside pails was exactly as I remembered it from last time [c.f. the top picture from our report of 25.04.08]. As I settled down with my spread [far right], I was already in the fine company of the Harvey clan, pictured below.

Joining famed scooting fanatic Pete Harvey [centre] were brother super-marvellous Marvin and daughter Charlotte, who is likely to become official mascot of the club if these sterling mealtime performances continue. Even Dad doesn't like eels, but you will note some filleted chunks on her side plate. These were dispatched with minimum fuss.

But here also were other noted luminaries [not looneys] of the British Heavyweight Pie and Mash Scene, Tom Leader and Len Wilcock amassing 36 and 38 points respectively.

Brian Catchpole has been ploughing a steady furrow all season, and with a respectable 1-3-2-0-2 made triple figures in the league. Do centenarians still get a telegram from the queen these days? Probably an email or text is the best one can hope for: 'Hi, Happy 100. Cheers, HM'.

My dear old china plate Luke Roberts from London's nether regions joined us, champing at the bit for stout English stodge after a month-long sojourn in Mexico.

Fathers and daughters.

Terence Cecil had lost his voice but compensated wonderfully with a combination of international sign language, semaphor and morse code. Here he conveys the exquisite flavour of his first course.

Whereas Paul Grice preferred 'the more rounded, meaty flavour' of Noted in Wood Street; these pies were 'not as robust'. Well, he is from Preston after all. Here Paul tackles his dessert, a bowl of eels and liquor with a mash floater.

The shop received a message for the Pie and Mash Club whilst we were there in full pomp. Apparently the lady was in the wrong high street and would be late for lunch. No it wasn't HM the Queen, but recent club associate [and equally as classy] Linda Adnil who was a-hollerin down the blower. And she did indeed turn up after we'd gone. Nevertheless it provided opportunity to introduce ourselves to the Noted staff and get some valuable behind-the-scenes shots.

Here is modest powerhouse Les the Pie, the man who made the day most notable. He who quipped: 'You get 15 years for murder; I've been doing this 44 years. That's 3 life sentences.'

Pie Shops have been in the family for 110 years so it could be argued that a Noted Pie is a product with a p[i]edigree.

Out the back I witnessed an oft-discussed but rarely-beheld apparatus; the mighty eel trays of cockney folklore.

Youth.

Yours truly writes down this web address for the ladies of the shop. What an excellent lunchbreak adventure this proved to be.