False advertising! Pie and Mash shop with no edible pies
Pie and Mash shop owner, Albert Bow has gone missing….
You are part of a special task-force assigned to investigate his disappearance, and discover what happened to him.
Having already done the other room at this location, Hostage Hideout, I had high hopes that this would be good room. At first I wasn’t sure where they could fit it but we soon realised it was in a smaller building on the front of the pub.
We received the same friendly welcome as before and were shown to the room without delay. First impressions of the room were good, it looked like a cafe and there were pies (not edible). I’ve been to a pie and mash shop and arguably this escape room felt more authentic than the real thing.
After a short briefing we started exploring the room and working on the puzzles. There weren’t many red herrings in here which was nice, although there were a few things which were just set dressing.
This is a fun room and one that may be a little easy for enthusiasts, a good challenge for beginners, but a great room to do regardless. If nothing else it is worth doing for the (probably) unique theme.
A step up from Hostage Hideout, Do Stuff Escape Games have put more love and affection into this room and it really does show. I felt the story was stronger and the set design more engaging. The way we were taken through the story kept us engaged and in a way, it’s just a shame we got out so quickly.
My biggest (and only) disappointment is that there was no free pie at the end, what a treat that would be! Lady Chastity’s give you a bottle of wine if you succeed, it would be the cherry on top if Pie & Mash gave you a pie – Do Stuff, make it so!
This room didn’t feel linear at all and our team of five people always had something to do and a way to contribute. Puzzles were a little on the easier side which was reflected in our finishing time, but this could also just be down to our experience.
We didn’t struggle on any of the puzzles, although there was one later in the game that did delay us for a bit longer than the others.
As I mentioned earlier, this felt more genuine than a genuine pie and mash shop. Nothing in the room felt out of place and they did a great job of keeping you guessing. Yes it’s a small room but there are plenty of surprises and this isn’t a room you’ll leave feeling disappointed.
Clues if needed would be delivered over the tv system in the room and, judging on previous experiences with this company, they would have been timely and helpful.
Unfortunately, we timed our visit for a day when the pub kitchen was closed for renovation so didn’t get to eat there again, but if you can, you definitely should.
Team: 5 players (escaped with 29:29 remaining, no clues)
Address: The Grove, 279 Battersea Park Rd, London. SW11 4NE