cafe miscellania

  • from Kieran

    i used to work as a dispatch rider in london and went to hundreds of cafes and i've seen some of my old faves on your website. i wonder if you can help me find a real gem.... it was a small cafe run by an ex-boxer in his late 50's and had old b&w photos of boxers/fights/promo posters all over the place and i mean from skirting boards to ceilings. the food was good but the character of the place and the people there was awesome. all i can remember is that it was in it's own small building in the greenwich area on a desolate industrial estate. it'd be great to re-visit or see a review cheers and thanks for all that dedicated eating

  • from Clare

    It may be too far out of the west end for you, but I have a haven of greasy spooned-ness at the end of my road. YORK CAFE on Woolwich Road is clean, friendly and with proper chips. It is even licensed I think. Give it a go!

  • from Lambros

    TJ's Cafe in mortlake sw14 open seven days a weeks, big portions!! cheap. you should definatley visit this place won the "best greasy spoon" in london award 2003

  • from The Shropshire Cafe

    Russell how come we have not seen you at our cafe you are missing a treat. We serve the best all day breakfast in the North West We cater for everyone also we are in the process of taking on the title of the Ace Cafe of the Midlands Regards Lynn & Pete.

  • from Dave

    May I heartily recommend Sues Cafe in Gillingham Road, Gillingham, Kent (almost opposite the Arriva Bus Depot). Great food, great tea............very good prices for such good quality breakfasts and dinners.

  • from Abby

    The mess in Hackney is much nicer (and admittedly middle classer) than it's local counterparts (nice sausage rather than pig's bum). Some say it's better than Mario's... Alt for a good proper greasy spoon Dilari's on the corner of Mare Street is pretty good. Packed out every lunchtime and they have a non-smoking side of the room. Finally, if you live near Ealing and you've never been to Starvin' Marvins you're missing out. I was cautiously eating my breakfast with the pancake and maple syrup on one side and the bacon and eggs and hash brown on the other. Then absentmindedly I stabbed a bit of bacon onto the end of my syrupy pancaked-up fork… It's manna from lardarse heaven.

  • from Emma

    I love yr book and website. I have never commented on one or a blog before as I dont know how to. My son got this space for me. I am trying to get info on my favourite old cafe, The Blue Sky, by corner of Westbourne Grove and Chepstow Rd,London W2, between PAddington and Portobello Rd, which was my home from home from 1974-80.I lived in various squats and flats nearby and hung out with various groovy people in those days.... It closed down a few years ago. I wld love to get photos and the name/address of the lovely Irish waitress and Italian boss.... I have tried the Archives at Westminster City Library but no luck. I am doing a Ceramics degree as a v mature student and want to do an installation recreating a table at it, the light coming thru steamy bright plateglass windows, the smells, food, china,plastic menus, etc etc. I have assembled a load of stuff (tables, chairs etc),but they are not perfect. I wonder if you have any ideas on where I cld borrow/hire perfect stuff in one fell swoop, for a few days in early Jan 07? Most of all I want to get hold of a tape/CD of cafe background noises. Any ideas? Many thanks, Emma

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Just thought you'd like to know that Bar Bruno is so far the only place in London that I have found to do a really good bubble and squeek. There is also a lady at Borough market who also serves B&S but the two times that I had there it had lots of burnt bits...not good.If anyone can think of a decent place for B&S in central London, please let me know.
Ever wonder why people have stopped making B&S?

jenny desouza

Hi Boys,
its Jenny here - remember me. I miss you all and especially the laughs Pasquale. How are you Romano and all the others.
Ater being so ill and selling my business, it took four years for that bloody woman to pay me but now I can put it behind me. I have now started in business again in Sallington Surrey and am doing ok but slowly. Here the life is so different from Soho. I miss all the madness but couldnt do it all again. If anyone out there asks for me, please give them my love and I want to
pass by one day and see you.
Until then, I think of you all with love
hugs and kisses,
Jenny x x
PS give my love to Vic at the Newspaper shop


Bar Bruno cannot be beaten. The energy of the staff, the decor and - for me - the quality of the tea is second to none. Food is incredibly good and exceptional value for money. Whether you want standard sausage, chips beans fare or something more Italian (fresh pasta is excellent here) you can't go wrong. Long live Bar Bruno.

James Garnham

Had a fantastic sandwich there today. My brother has recently discovered this golden shrine of a sandwich shop. Today we were hustled by two 4ft hunched over, italian, tashed, cigarette holder smoking ol' boys for the maximum leg room table. Sat with a couple of fine east enders, one who was tuckin' into a fine pasta dish, we had a few laughs with then too. My brother has actually created an advert for them. Please see above.

matt abbiss

I had a fantastic bubble and squeak at Remi's on Shoreditch High street, but then I had a really bad one there too. On balance, good more often than bad though.

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