If the Regency Cafe looks familiar, that’s because you’ve probably seen it on the big screen. The cafe appeared in Layer Cake and Brighton Rock, as well as TV shows including Judge John Deed and London Spy. It was our destination on our London staycation. We’d been over to the Tate Modern to see the Giacometti exhibition in the morning before taking a quick hop on the Thames Clipper over to the Tate Britain. Needing a little sustenance before a second art experience, we headed for the Regency for lunch.
Back to Basics
There’s nothing fancy about the Regency Cafe. You queue up to order your food before taking a seat at one of the formica topped tables. It’s a caff in the solid traditional sense, and the food is brilliantly basic and beautifully done. I had a mug of the best tea outside of my own kitchen, and A. and I both plumped for omelette and chips. The omelette was the old fashioned flat square, none of your fluffy souffle type finish here thank you very much. It was delicious, and the chips were a treat. At £3.45 for the omelette and chips, and 65p for an extra filling, this is rare bargain for London.
Could we escape without pudding? Well, I could have but of course A. wasn’t budging without a custard fix. We shared a home made bread and butter pudding that was a stodgy, fruity slice of deliciousness. The cafe is renowned for its breakfasts too.
This was one of those places that the selfish side of me wanted to keep a secret, but if all the TV and movie fame hasn’t ruined it then I guess one little blog won’t do any harm! Go along for breakfast, lunch or tea (none of your flash dinners here) – you won’t regret it.
The Regency Cafe, 17-19 Regency Street,Westminster, London SW1V 4BY Thursday, 1st June 2017