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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Perhaps there IS another one! Well, I certainly recognise the logo on that cup as it's the same as Frank's in Uxbridge tube station. It was also 80p. The plot thickens. But according to classiccafes's gazeteer, the place in Uxbridge is owned by a married couple, and the husband is called Frank. The guy making the lovely and very hot tea was quite old and looked like he owned the place, although the waitresses were miserable Poles or something. Maybe one can just buy cups with names of people who commonly run restaurants like Mario, Frank .. um .. Costa! Anyway, it's a very nice place (nothing like those places you normally get in stations), has knackered leatherette quasi-booths and is populated by assorted nutters. Decent fry up and some nice-looking snacks too.


I was on work-related business near Uxbridge last week.

The highlight of the marathon tube trip to Zone 6 was the chance to visit Frank' inside the station, which as James said, is featured in the classic cafe gazetteer.

I think it's more of a "semi-classic", as it has the same '80's(?)marble/polished-stone floor and wall tiling as the branches in Great Titchfield St. and Goodge St.

The guy behind the counter confirmed that all three cafes have the same owner.

The Uxbridge branch is unusual in that most of its natural light comes in through the skylight. It was good to see it was well-used, as I noticed a recently closed cafe outside, which looked like an independent operator. There's a cluster of the usual corporate places just outside the station, so Frank's is doing well to survive


I was at the Gt. Titchfield St. Frank's last Saturday.

I got chatting to the owner, an affable old-school Italian called, surprise, surprise, Frank. He told me that he opened the Uxbridge branch in 1969, and the Gt. Titchfield and Goodge St. branches in about 1987.

So far as I'm concerned, these type of places are the "classic cafes" of the future. The Gt. Titchfield branch got the thumbs-up from my Swiss-Italian girlfriend, who's normally quite scathing about London cafes !

I'm no design expert, but the marble-effect (or is it polished stone?) floor and wall tiles, and counter, seem to be typical of cafes set up in the 80's.

This is plumbing the depths of cafe nerdery, but the painted writing on the cafe window is in a style that can be seen on a lot of wooden menu-boards, particularly in West End cafes. Does anyone know if this type of writing has a name ?


We found Franks at Uxbridge after a fruitless search for camera around this area of London. It proved to be an oasis with very good coffee and lovely bacon and eggs

John Edwards

Have been into Frank's a couple of times. Not a bad bacon sarnie if a little pricey. Nevertheless, the caff has a slightly sombre ambience about it. Good coffee.

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