Centenary Celebrations for Arments
Best Pie Restaurant in London
In April 2014, Arments Pie, Mash & Eel House in Walworth, London celebrated its 100th anniversary. We are so proud and pleased to show a letter received from Buckingham Palace
best pie restaurant in london letter from queen
William and Emily Arment opened the first restaurant in 1914 at 386 Walworth Road, at a time when the World was a very different place.
Arments history is very much woven into the fabric of London, serving its people through two World Wars, the great depression, power cuts and many other challenges. It has been there for the good times too. We were there for the Festival of Britain. We celebrated the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and her Diamond Jubilee. We enjoyed England’s finest footballing day in 1966, and we were still cheering when London staged its greatest event of recent history – the marvellous 2012 London Olympics.
Now under 3rd generation family ownership with Roy and Cheryl Arment, and just around the corner from where it all began, Arments continues to serve culturally diverse Pie & Mash lovers.
Our success has always been based on maintaining the standards set by generations before us by making all our produce fresh on site each day, using only the best ingredients, made to the original and secret recipes passed down through the generations. Our pies are still traditionally made by hand giving them their distinctive unique appearance and flavour, and our customers still vote us to be the best pie restaurant in London!
We may be 100 years old but we are still very excited about the future; We have been nominated by the people of Southwark, and awarded, a Blue Plaque which was erected on March 6th. We won a public vote to have a house named after us, Arments Court, in the initiative ‘Put it on the Map’. This is on the new Aylesbury development and was opened on October 3rd, 2013.
A documentary film was released in September 2014, made by independent film maker Michael Holland: Arments -The First One Hundred Years. It tells the story of Arments, best pie restaurant in London, from 1914 to present day and features many of our customers. A documentary music video by the Maccabees featuring Arments is also due for release in the Summer of 2015.
On April 12th 2014 we had an amazing fun day for the community, celebrating our 100 years in our shop and at the Resource Centre in Westmoreland Road. The day was opened by ‘Del Boy’ Maurice Canham, who tried to flog our customers and guests dodgy watches, time share apartments in Peckham and perfume bought from the cleaning counter. This was followed by another special guest Rt. Hon Harriet Harman, who officially opened the celebrations and acknowledged Arments 100 years of service to the community in which we trade. Neb the Magician, astounded everyone with his street magic, whilst Professor Crump entertained children from tots to octogenarians and even invited the Deputy Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Sunil Chopra, to ride his wobbly bike! For many the most memorable moments of the day was seeing Otto and Bullet, two beautiful Grey Horses, parade the streets pulling the old Arments delivery van. Inside both venues D J’s Dave Collins and Steve Furneau spun the discs only stopping to allow the smooth voice of Andrew Bourn (of The Jack Pack fame) to sing swing and later party numbers as requested by customers who were up jiving and dancing. Deputy Mayor of Southwark Cllr Sunil Chopra drew our raffle tickets and chatted with many of our customers.
We are delighted to have made it this far and planned a number of charitable events throughout 2014 supporting Guy’s Evelina Childrens’ Hospital, the Southwark Young Pilgrims and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, raising in excess of £2,500.
We hope to see you soon at the best pie restaurant in London, or if you are too far away, have a pie and mash delivery to your door, no matter where you are in the UK.
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