The Regency Cafe

The Regency Cafe

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Posted 2012-10-18 by Jonny Ironsfollow
In an inconspicuous corner of Pimlico you will find the very model of a greasy spoon – a man-sized slice of proper London with fried eggs on top. Little seems to have changed at since it was established in 1946 – the classic deco frontage, the Gingham curtains – it's a living memento of the Edwardian era and has provided the backdrop for dozens of films such as Brighton Rock and Layer Cake . While many of the capital's older cafes have gone gastro or bowed to a kind of mozzarella-based modernisation, to its great credit the Regency has remained cut-price, unpretentious and crucially, full-English.



The cafe is open all afternoon but the business end of the day is breakfast time. Visit mid-morning on Saturday when a fry-up is entirely justifiable if not vital for survival. The service is brisk and noisy: orders are taken, relayed to all present at 200 decibels - "BACON, EGG, TOMS AND BEANS!" - plated up and placed on the counter in seconds. The manager is worth a mention here, a polite and unimposing lady with a voice of such phenomenal volume and reach she could sing descant to a jet engine. It really can be a rather startling experience for the uninitiated.

The food is straight-up and stodgy but cooked well and of a decent quality. I had two hunks of crusty bread, a free-range egg, Lincolnshire sausages and builders' tea the colour of terracotta. It was something of a workout for the digestion but cured my hangover. Bring a tabloid newspaper to peruse afterwards, it just feels right. In fact, cor blimey guvnor I could start playing the spoons.

#breakfast
#brunch
#cafes
#cheap
#pimlico
#vintage_retro
#westminster
%wnlondon
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