Back To Season 2022-2023LAWRANCE'S; 2 Old Barn Shops, High Road, Eastcote
Back To Season 2022-2023
LAWRANCE'S; 2 Old Barn Shops, High Road, Eastcote
2022-10-29ROUND 2
29.10.'22
PlayedEels
(4 pts)
Pie
(4 pts)
Mash
(3 pts)
Afters
(2 pts)
Liquor
(1 pts)
SumBTotalTotal
MIKE GOLDWATER212102171734
NICK EVANS212101161733
LEN WILCOCK102323
TERRY MOORE101515
DOUGLAS BENFORD101212
RAY GOLDSTONE101212
DAVID JENKINS10210112012
DENISE ROUSE11110112012

The unlikely locale of ‘Old Barn Shops’ opposite Ruislip Conservation Area is the setting for another recent addition to Greater London’s Pie and Mash Shops. In this old-fashioned retail parade overlooking a village green, where a car wash occupies the cavernous Tudor barn centrepiece, Lawrance’s has carved out a compact niche.

The unlikely locale of ‘Old Barn Shops’ opposite Ruislip Conservation Area is the setting for another recent addition to Greater London’s Pie and Mash Shops. In this old-fashioned retail parade overlooking a village green, where a car wash occupies the cavernous Tudor barn centrepiece, Lawrance’s has carved out a compact niche.

On this, an unusual match-day Saturday, I was relieved that a quorum of three had at least been achieved as we ordered some eel-based starters.

On this, an unusual match-day Saturday, I was relieved that a quorum of three had at least been achieved as we ordered some eel-based starters.

Perhaps it was for the best, given the diminutive dimensions of the dining room. The homely aroma transported me directly to the pastry Mecca of bare-kneed boyhood – my gran’s kitchen. So when the main course came, one glance at the glistening bronze steamers told me I was in for a treat.

Perhaps it was for the best, given the diminutive dimensions of the dining room. The homely aroma transported me directly to the pastry Mecca of bare-kneed boyhood – my gran’s kitchen. So when the main course came, one glance at the glistening bronze steamers told me I was in for a treat.

Goldwater often strikes a gustacious pre-pie pose for the camera but, having scouted Lawrance’s with E. Mosse esq some weeks before, I believe the look was one of genuine anticipation.

The company was made complete Denise Rouse of Berkhamsted – her first pie-grimage since December ’19.

Goldwater often strikes a gustacious pre-pie pose for the camera but, having scouted Lawrance’s with E. Mosse esq some weeks before, I believe the look was one of genuine anticipation.

The company was made complete Denise Rouse of Berkhamsted – her first pie-grimage since December ’19.

But there was to be one other. The mild-mannered young man in blue tee opened the conversation with the now immortal words ’Are you the Pie and Mash Club?’ The upturned pastry on the stranger’s plate signalled a long-practising connoisseur and fellow traveller on the path of pie-er consciousness. By the time David Jenkins [not the highest ranking Scottish sprinter in history] had reeled off an arm’s length list of shops visited, his name was already sealed into the annals of the Pie and Mash Club. Besides four names on the leader board looks better than three.

But there was to be one other. The mild-mannered young man in blue tee opened the conversation with the now immortal words ’Are you the Pie and Mash Club?’ The upturned pastry on the stranger’s plate signalled a long-practising connoisseur and fellow traveller on the path of pie-er consciousness. By the time David Jenkins [not the highest ranking Scottish sprinter in history] had reeled off an arm’s length list of shops visited, his name was already sealed into the annals of the Pie and Mash Club. Besides four names on the leader board looks better than three.

Well-stocked book shelves add warmth and depth to any hospitality setting, encouraging cultured contemplation and conversation. However this library exists in wallpaper only, and I was reminded of similar bibliographics used by the short-lived Winnie’s of Chingford. BYOB – bring your own book.

Well-stocked book shelves add warmth and depth to any hospitality setting, encouraging cultured contemplation and conversation. However this library exists in wallpaper only, and I was reminded of similar bibliographics used by the short-lived Winnie’s of Chingford. BYOB – bring your own book.

Our pinafored hostess was Michelle – co-owner with partner Tony. These modest premises do not want for a woman’s touch – vim, vinegar and domestic pride are key factors in the Lawrance’s experience. For what we found here is genuine ‘home-made’ pie and mash, with pies boldly crisp, fillings generous and tasty, and liquor derived from eel stock – a vanishing rarity in the present day. It’s the kind of place one could confidently bring an ageing parent – which is Denise Rouse’s plan.

Our pinafored hostess was Michelle – co-owner with partner Tony. These modest premises do not want for a woman’s touch – vim, vinegar and domestic pride are key factors in the Lawrance’s experience. For what we found here is genuine ‘home-made’ pie and mash, with pies boldly crisp, fillings generous and tasty, and liquor derived from eel stock – a vanishing rarity in the present day. It’s the kind of place one could confidently bring an ageing parent – which is Denise Rouse’s plan.

Cementing his reputation, the athletically-attired man in blue related how he once produced a pie picture deemed sufficiently artistic to be hung behind the counter at Harringtons in Stockwell. It’s an art gem which may be lost forever, so let’s hope he dusts off his beret, smock and easel, and knocks out a few more for pie-sterity.

Cementing his reputation, the athletically-attired man in blue related how he once produced a pie picture deemed sufficiently artistic to be hung behind the counter at Harringtons in Stockwell. It’s an art gem which may be lost forever, so let’s hope he dusts off his beret, smock and easel, and knocks out a few more for pie-sterity.

We last saw him heading for Ikea – it wasn’t clear to me if he intended to run there. For the three that remained, the prospect of a ten-minute walk under the sun-dappled autumnal canopy to a charming country pub had far greater appeal.

The Case is Altered.

St@

We last saw him heading for Ikea – it wasn’t clear to me if he intended to run there. For the three that remained, the prospect of a ten-minute walk under the sun-dappled autumnal canopy to a charming country pub had far greater appeal.

The Case is Altered.

St@