Mother Mash

Price guide: Budget

26 Ganton Street, London, W1F 7QZ

Price guide: Budget

Mother Mash © Kake Pugh

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#111 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.1 out of 5
Food and drink:
3
3.0
Ambience:
3.2
3.2
Service:
3
3.0
Location:
3
3.0
Value for money:
3
3.0
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, Stag / hen parties, Nightlife, Shopping

Expert review of Mother Mash

A restaurant based on mashed potato may sound silly. Heck no, it is silly…

Yes, it’s a little contrived, basing a restaurant on mashed potato, but Mother Mash has been happily serving Carnaby Street habitués since 2007. It’s an affable spot producing good, reasonably priced, stomach-filling stuff – great when you’re on a budget and doubly so when you’re on a budget and facing a London winter.

Food and drink: 

Given you’re basically having a pie or sausages and mash, choosing a meal here is surprisingly difficult: there are six types of pie, eight types of sausage, six flavours of mash, five gravies and 11 side dishes. Vegetarians are well catered for and if pies or sausages don’t appeal to one of your party, there are a few main-course salads too. As you would hope, the mash is particularly good, freshly made from locally sourced potatoes for each customer, however I find the gravies disappointing. Still, the traditional puddings (sticky toffee, chocolate, gingerbread, treacle) and fruit pies are worth saving room for. To drink there is a choice of 10 wines all under £20, bottled beers including Pitfield Eco Warrior organic ale and London Pride bitter, and the excellent Fentimans range of traditionally brewed soft drinks.

Ambience: 

A streamlined take on the traditional pie and mash shops of London, with white tiling, high-backed wooden booths (that I find uncomfortable) and a few al fresco tables.

Service: 

Nice enough, if a little slow.

Location: 

Very central: a few steps from Carnaby and Regent Streets.

Price advice: 

It’s cheap: main courses are £6.50-£7.95, sides £1-£3.50, desserts £4.50.

Other useful branches: 

Good on them: there’s a new, larger outlet on Leadenhall Street in the City – see website for details.

More information on Mother Mash:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Diner, Takeaway
Food:
British, Traditional
Address:
26 Ganton Street, London, W1F 7QZ
Telephone:
020 7494 9644
Website:
http://www.mothermash.co.uk
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sun 8.30am-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
pies, sausages

Have you been to Mother Mash? Would you recommended it?