Former plumber opens pie and mash shop in London that has become popular with tourists

By TravelWiseNov 8, 2023 14:22 PMNews
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Tommy Barnard, 45, wants to keep the tradition of pie and mash shops alive
Tommy Barnard, 45, wants to keep the tradition of pie and mash shops alive. Source: Facundo Arrizabalaga/MyLondon

Former plumber Tommy Barnard, 45, who opened Barney's Pie and Mash Shop in London, has achieved great success.

The locals loved the traditional establishment. In addition, customers also come from far away to try his delicacies. According to him, tourists are frequent visitors there, My London reports.

Since opening in February 2018 without any prior knowledge or outside help, the establishment has grown to become a very popular place.

The idea for the Garnett Way store came about when Tommy was "bored" with plumbing, which he had been doing since he left school. Tommy drew up plans for the new store, which, fortunately, were approved by the local council. He then set about making his dream a reality.

Former plumber opens pie and mash shop in London that has become popular with tourists
Barney's pie and mash shop in Garnett Way, Walthamstow, opened in February 2018. Source: Facundo Arrizabalaga/MyLondon

Despite being self-taught in the art, the locals of Walthamstow have fallen in love with the traditional East London institution.

For Tommy, opening a Barney's pie and mash shop is about more than just finding a job he's passionate about. The former plumber hopes to create a dynasty by making Barney's a family institution - his 15-year-old daughter Savannah now works in the store on Saturdays.

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