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Cafe Below

St Mary le Bow Church, Cheapside, London, United Kingdom, EC2V 6AU
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Opening Information

Breakfast - Mon-Fri 7.30am - 10.30am
Lunch - Mon-Fri 11.30am - 2.30pm

Facilities
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome
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About Cafe Below

In the atmospheric, mediaeval crypt of St Mary le Bow Church, the Cafe Below is a City institution. A quiet oasis from the hectic world above, serving a short menu of British dishes, with the occasional curry, the cafe has an ever changing seasonal menu. Being beneath the Bow Bells, naturally we are dedicated to all things London, so we source as locally as possible; our coffee is roasted in Hackney and our beer brewed in the East End. For breakfast, we are the perfect place for a moment of quiet before the day begins or a small or large business meeting, all with Homemade rye toast, River Farm smoked salmon, Brioche French toast and our own granola.

Jay Rayner hailed the cafe as being the "kind of restaurant any hectic city needs"; a quality driven, friendly place where you can meet mates, clients or colleagues, all in the unique setting of a Christopher Wren crypt!

Cuisine: British
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Great service, food and venue. Excellent for a team lunch with a difference

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The spanish waiter was brilliant - very accommodating and fun, sorry I didn't get his name. Food and wine lovely. Only criticism was it was incredibly noisy

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Visited On Monday, 14 May 2018

Good, interesting food in a unique setting and great location. Do try the homemade lemonade.

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Visited On Thursday, 10 May 2018

Excellent food as ever and lovely service.

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Visited On Thursday, 10 May 2018

Wonderful food. The sea beam and polenta was amazing.

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Visited On Friday, 04 May 2018

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Visited On Tuesday, 01 May 2018

The booking I made was not recognised by Café Below. I had beer poured over me by a waitress. The bill included the beer I drunk despite saying it would be deducted from the bill. Consequently we refused to pay for the service charge and the beer. I did not received an apology from the waitress responsible. The bill took 15 minutes to be delivered.

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Visited On Thursday, 26 April 2018

Very tasty lunch in an unique atmosphere!

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Visited On Friday, 20 April 2018

A little bit noisy! Felt tips on the chair legs would help.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Lovely setting and tasty food

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Lovely place for lunch

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Visited On Friday, 16 March 2018

Nice welcome from the chef. At first sight our table seemed to be in such a small corner, I might not fit or I might have a panic attack! However it soon became clear that it had the great advantage of being the quietest, most private spot in what was a very noisy main room. Service was charming and speedy and food was fresh and plentiful.

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Visited On Friday, 09 March 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable experience, food great and service very friendly and accommodating. Fantastic setting and great use of space. Hope to be back. Thank you.

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Visited On Tuesday, 06 March 2018

Lovely food as always

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Visited On Tuesday, 06 March 2018

A superb venue for breakfast or lunch

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Visited On Tuesday, 06 March 2018

Food was tasty as ever but service had dipped a little.

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Visited On Monday, 26 February 2018

Food and service are both reliably good.

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Visited On Friday, 23 February 2018

Great little place for breakfast in the church vaults. Really good value for a really nice breakfast.

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Excellent food - everyone in my party really enjoyed themselves. I always have the sea bass and it was cooked to perfection! I loved the monk's beard and capers served with it.

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Great venue and lovely food. Service was excellent.

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Great venue for a relaxed lunch, close to work.

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Good food in a unique setting.

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere is awesome. Service was very good as well, will definitely recommend to other friends.

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Visited On Thursday, 15 February 2018

Excellent all round . An oasis in the city!

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Visited On Monday, 12 February 2018

We all had the chicken casserole and it was delicious. Service was very quick, which was much appreciated.

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