If you’re truly fearless or your palate is truly twisted, brave the classic East End dishes of jellied or stewed eels. But if not, there’s still a reason to visit: a jewel box of a shop with green glazed Victorian tile and wooden benches that is in such rare condition it’s protected by the government. Manze, which has been serving since 1891, also does meat or vegetarian pastry pies—which to be fair, most customers prefer, as they have done since the days when this street was home to dockworkers and laborers. The parsley-made “liquor” sauce doesn’t really taste like much, but the gravy and mash taste like nostalgia itself.
87 Tower Bridge Rd., SE1
Our Rating Neighborhood South Bank Hours Mon 11am–2pm, Tues–Thurs 10:30am–2pm, Fri 10am–2:30pm, Sat 10am–2:45pm Phone 020/7407-2985 Prices Meals £3–£5.50 Cuisine Type Traditional British Web site M. Manze