Cafe Below

St Mary le Bow Church, Cheapside, London, United Kingdom, EC2V 6AU
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Breakfast - Mon-Fri 7.30am - 10.30am
Lunch - Mon-Fri 11.30am - 2.30pm

Facilities
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • 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, Brunch
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Thursday, 23 January 2020

Always lovely food. I’d eat salad every day if it was always like this!

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Visited On Thursday, 23 January 2020

I have been eating here since 1990 and it’s a beautiful hidden corner of the city. My sole complaint is that for a restaurant that bakes its own bread and serves such wonderful fresh food, the eggs at breakfast were pale. Bring out the Burfords!

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Always enjoyable

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Did not answer phone when I tried to advise running a few minutes late. Didn't have courtesy to try call and confirm attendance. Arrived 15 mins late and already bumped us.... Oh, and you already asked for a review - so this is a repeat....

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Visited On Friday, 17 January 2020

Lovely setting, amazing fresh food which is great value for money

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Visited On Friday, 17 January 2020

The lamb Kofte (?) dish was not my favourite. Hence only 4 stars.

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Visited On Thursday, 16 January 2020

A great place for a healthy and tasty lunch in an iconic venue.

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Great for lunch

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 January 2020

We really enjoyed the unique venue that Café Below is. The food and service were both fantastic and we had a great time, thank you so much! We will definitely return.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 January 2020

Excellent food and venue - will definitely return!

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Visited On Friday, 10 January 2020

Unique and entertaining setting. Lovely cafe breakfast food using quality produce. Delicious in-house bread.

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 January 2020

Great as always - thanks see you soon!

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 January 2020

My two friends were visiting for the first time and were very impressed; such a good lunch venue in such a convenient place for meeting people from different places in town

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Visited On Friday, 13 December 2019

I'm a fairly regular visitor to Cafe Below. The welcome is always warm, the food and service is always consistentand of a very good quality. Charming lunchtime venue.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 December 2019

The Cafe Below is a delightful hidden secret in the City of London

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Visited On Thursday, 12 December 2019

The food was good and so was the atmosphere, although because of the acoustics it does seem to become a bit noisy when it's full.

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Just a bit noisy when all tables are occupied but nothing much you can do about that. I also love the size of your tea pots!!! Loving it, food quality is amazing and it is nice to see the chef pop by. Team is friendly, lovely and super efficient. Even came 2 days in a row. Also yummy desserts... which i had to skip on day 2...

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Stunning architecture wonderful vaulted ceilings and beautiful stone walls - very atmospheric. Simply furnished, simple menu - just 4 starters and 4 main courses but well thought out. But this simplicity clearly allows the menu to remain well priced. Food was good quality for the price.

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Café Below is my "go to" quick healthy dinner when I want to meet clients or colleagues near the office. Always something fresh and delicious on the menu with yummy puds when feeling like being a bit more indulgent.

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Visited On Monday, 09 December 2019

Good atmosphere - friendly Staff - book if you can

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Visited On Thursday, 05 December 2019

The atmosphere was excellent and the staff friendly and helpful. I met a friend and we were able to order, eat and get away in just over an hour, which was ideal.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 December 2019

Great location. Tasty food. Excellent value

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Visited On Monday, 02 December 2019

I found the whole experience pleasant and charming.

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Fine breakfast. Great venue. I especially like the Barbican style concrete arches in the crypt which perhaps you could make more of as it is a reminder of the complicated history of the building and its near demolition during the blitz.

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Visited On Thursday, 28 November 2019

Hidden Gem in the centre of the city - You will not be disappointed if you are Vegan or Veggie. Well worth a look.

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