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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
  • 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, Brunch
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

Great place for lunch. You ought to open in the evenings with a different menu.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

Really delicious lunch! Looking forward to the next time :)

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Visited On Monday, 15 April 2019

Excellent lunch location for a complicated meeting. Really appreciate the environment and service. And the exceptionally tasty meal. Thank you

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Visited On Thursday, 11 April 2019

Entertained a client from Brussels who always finds interesting venues when I visit - this was perfect. A unique setting, great food, service and, incredibly well priced...

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Visited On Thursday, 04 April 2019

Cafe Below was a welcome respite from the bustle of the city above. The food was excellent, fresh, seasonal and gorgeously presented. Friendly and attentive waitstaff, even to us tourists. (Although a tourist myself, I was grateful to see the cafe playing host to locals). The staff were particularly kind to our two children, ages 6 and 8, whom we often drag to the restaurants where my husband and I would like to eat. If your kids are picky or not well-behaved in restaurants this may not be the place for you. But if they don’t require a kids menu, and can sit and enjoy the atmosphere, bring them along! Our kids enjoyed the cauliflower and cheese soufflé and the banana bread.

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Visited On Thursday, 28 March 2019

A good find, in the city! I like that the menu changes everyday.

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Visited On Friday, 29 March 2019

Really lovely food in a great location. Bridges the gap in the City between coffee/takeaway lunch places and expensive restaurants.

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Visited On Tuesday, 26 March 2019

A very enjoyable place to go for lunch.

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Great, friendly service and lots of good veggie lunch options.

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Visited On Friday, 22 March 2019

Great venue, great lunch as usual

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Visited On Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Quick service, great food

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Visited On Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Amazing food and service and architecture!

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Visited On Thursday, 14 March 2019

Fantastic venue for lunch with a touch of all too rare individuality

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 March 2019

I always love going to Café Below - amazing food, excellent value for money. I always recommend my colleague to go!

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Visited On Thursday, 07 March 2019

Menu a little bit confusing in regard to the salads.

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Visited On Monday, 04 March 2019

My friend and I found this a few months ago, what a lovely place, and quick enough to be able to go to for lunch. Thank you.

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Visited On Monday, 25 February 2019

A real treasure. Great food, served in the Crypt of historic St Mary Le Bow, on Cheapside. Really lovely food, with plenty to eat. I had the Gruyere and leek quiche, which was full of creamy cheese, and served with a large salad. I had banana bread for dessert: a generous portion that I could not finsh, but could take home. Moist & delicious.

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Always enjoy coming here. Great food, great service, good value and no waiting around. Can't ask for much else...

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Visited On Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Great for a quick bite or a more lengthly lunch in a unique setting.

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Visited On Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Perfect Service, couldn't have done more for us. Food was lovely and quirky venue. Will definitely visit again.

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Visited On Monday, 25 February 2019

Excellent

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 February 2019

I came with three other people and we were all very pleased with the food and atmosphere. The waitresses were a bit surly - prehaps not enough of them for a busy lunch time. It was a shame that at 12.30pm the pork belly was already off the menu, but we were all very impressed and very likely to return.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

Always tasty food, served well, friendly staff. Would recommend to friends....

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

I love eating here and come back time and again. Unique venue, delicious food at a very good price.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

My career path has taken me away from the area for a couple of years, I am delighted on my return to find the Cafe below still serving quality food at good value prices.

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