We have been here for a coffee before (see our London cafe section) and was pleasantly surprised by this small 24/7 cafe that caters for police, taxi drivers and those after grub after a long night partying. This place is being renovated and there are currently three floors (a basement, ground and first floor) with a second floor being opened any time now. This shows the popularity of this place. Despite all appearances – tightly squeezed in on the main street opposite Liverpool Street and serving all types of people at all different hours – this place has been going for over 50 years and prides itself on good English cafe food. At the front of the cafe is the small counter area with a host of delicious cakes, breads and biscuits.
Walking through the entrance the place is very narrow but they have made the best use of space and this place feels trendy and brand spanking new- not showing its true years. On the walls written in chalk are some breakfast options such as champagne breakfast, full English or just a healthy low carb option.
We arrived at breakfast time so it was quite busy but we managed to get a table upstairs. Again this room is very small but works well – feeling cosy rather than stuffy. We ordered a mint and English breakfast tea followed by a poached egg on toast and poached egg on a bed of spinach. I was on a strict one week ‘clean’ diet at the time so I did have some strange requirements but when the food came out these were met which was a refreshing change I must say!
The poached eggs were cooked to perfection, literally running into a golden river once touched with a knife. The eggs were of quality and the size and rich goldenness of the yolk really showed this. The spinach was well seasoned and still retained a bit of bite. The toast served was granary bread with a good helping of salted country butter. Our dishes were cleared away swiftly and we finished the last dregs of our tea before heading off for the working day.
Whether for a work breakfast meeting or a lazy weekend breakfast we would strongly recomedm this place if in the vicinity. It is simple but the quality stands out in everything it does.
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