Bonding over pie and mash

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London - David Beckham's daughter loves pie and mash like her dad.

The soccer superstar has a huge appetite for the traditional London meal and he has been taking 18-month-old Harper to his favourite restaurant, Tony Lane's Pie & Mash Shop in Waltham Abbey, Essex, since the family relocated back to Britain.

Owner Tony told the new issue of heat magazine: "Harper sits in her high chair and loves the pie and mash. She eats it all - sausage and mash, pie and mash, whatever they fancy giving her that day. All his lads love it, too."

David always orders the same dish, two pies, two portions of mash and liquor sauce, a parsley gravy that eels are cooked in.

The 37-year-old sportsman also sometimes brings his wife Victoria, 37, and their sons Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, Cruz, seven, with him, but the former Spice Girl usually just has a mug of tea.

David - who is now living in exclusive London district Chelsea with his family after leaving club Los Angeles Galaxy - also gets Tony and his staff to deliver food to him when he can't make it to the restaurant, which he has been frequenting for years.

Tony added: "David doesn't ask for a special table and is treated like everyone else. I think that's what he likes about the shop. We've delivered pie and mash to his family all over the place ... When he phones us, he just says, 'Usual order.' He always gives the girls a tip.

"What's extraordinary is ... he can eat anywhere in the world but he likes coming here."

David is currently training with English Premier League side Arsenal while he waits to sort out his next soccer move. - Bang Showbiz

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