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, 13 June 2019

Great value, great service. A hidden gem.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 June 2019

It was really fun for place to eat and meet as a group of creative writers from Birkbeck college reunited by our beloved tutor after several years. Some of us successful writers me a sculptor all pursuing some form of the arts.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 June 2019

Always a pleasure dining at the Cafe Below. Staff are always very friendly and efficient, the food is always good and it’s a lovely setting.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 June 2019

slightly lacking in ambience at 2pm on a Thursday afternoon (possibly something to do with the current renovations as I have seen it buzzing at other times). Great service; efficient but not overbearing. Cannot really comment on food or cost as we only had coffee and I didn't pay but menu looked good and I would return.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 June 2019

I’ve been a huge fan of the Cafe Below for years and everyone I take has usually never been before and thoroughly enjoys the experience. It was the same for our party of Seven on Wednesday. Thank you!

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Lovely find, will be back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 May 2019

food and service were both good

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Such a nice differentiated place to eat vs all the chains in/around One New change. Historic and beautiful location, delicious fresh food with new menus, helpful and attentive staff.

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Visited On Monday, 20 May 2019

Very nice food if you like pescetarian dishes

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Visited On Thursday, 16 May 2019

A hidden gem!

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Excellent lunch once again! Been a few weeks since I have popped in and you reminded me you are one of top favourites in the City. Thank you again for all your hard work, delicious lunch and great service, V

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Always a really enjoyable experience!

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Visited On Thursday, 02 May 2019

Food was lovely and great environment

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Visited On Thursday, 02 May 2019

Having booked a table I would have expected at least some of the MAIN courses available to us. When we arrived at 1:10pm we were told there were no MAIN courses left. Would advise that if customers take the trouble to book then keep at least that number of mains to serve. We ordered starters instead and decided against ordering anything else.

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Visited On Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Lovely atmosphere, good food and impeccable service. I expected the venue to be a lot smaller than it was and pleasantly surprised, a good size. Thank you for a wonderful lunch!

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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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