|Cooke's Pie and Mash, on the Goldhawk Rd. Last Chance for Pie and Mash|
Below is their official press release. The news is not all bad - there will still be a delivery service, but their days of trading in their traditional home are over for good. And, rather oddly, they can't even keep the name Cooke - the developer appears to be keeping that for themselves. It does seem hard on them to lose not just their shop but also their trading name.
Cook's is part of a row of shops on the Goldhawk road which is to be demolished to make way for new build - a huge new housing and shopping development. So Cooke's days have been numbered for some time, and the shop made famous by Quadrophenia will soon be gone.
|Hurry now while eels last|
The plans for redevelopment of the Market have long been controversial. Where you stand on the new changes probably depends a lot of whether you miss the passing of Old Shepherd's Bush, or welcome the new gentrification.
|Plans for the new market. On the right hand side is the new block of flats which will be built on the Goldhawk Rd|
|All this will go - if plans go ahead.|
To see what the Goldhawk road development will look like, take a look at the photo below. They don't look too bad - though it would be nice if the developers could make more of an effort to honour the Victorian heritage of our neighbourhood. Why does the new building have to be in the modern style? - Why not build in a more traditional fashion, in keeping with its surroundings?
It is also not at all clear why the new building could not have a Pie and Mash shop in exactly the same place as it always has been, but in newer, shinier premises.
|The Goldhawk road - artists' impression|
|Royal Courts of Justice - where battle will be joined on Tuesday July 28. Image: Wikimedia Commons|
For now, everyone is waiting for the result of the High Court hearing. In the meantime, if you would like to sign the petition calling for the row of Victorian shops, including Cooke's, to be saved, follow this link, and add your name.
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