The Regency Café, London
From its red and white gingham half curtains to its formica tables the Regency Cafe is a relic of an almost forgotten London: an old style ‘Caff’ with, beyond its dull façade, an old style charm. Walls adorned with boxing and other sporting heroes, cartoons and memorabilia. This cafe has been serving its local area since 1946 and little appears to have changed in the intervening years.
In the area and in need of breakfast one cold March morning I called in and immediately felt comfortable in the warmth of its atmosphere. The set breakfast of egg, bacon, sausage, beans, toast and a large mug of tea was just £5.50, a bargain to warm any winter morn. The choice was large, including ‘Eggs Benedict Regency’, a range of omelettes and the choice of many extras including ‘Bubble and Squeak’.
Good wholesome old style eating. The lunch and evening choices also reflected this tradition of British food, filling and satisfying with no frills. It is sometimes nice to go back in time and enjoy the delights of simpler times. No pretensions here just honest ‘grub’ at an honest price. J.P.
The Regency Café, 17-19 Regency Street, London SW1P 4BY. Tel: 020 7821 6596