Cafe Below

St Mary le Bow Church, Cheapside, London, United Kingdom, EC2V 6AU
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Coffee Mon-Fri 10am
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. Private breakfast meetings and dinner events also catered for.

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, 05 March 2020

Excellent English breakfast. Good service and great place.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Food great. Bit noisy but... Service excellent - Thanks to all. House white wine super. We shall recommend and will undoubtedly come again. The apple and pear crumble was fantastic, Thank the chef please. The care and thought on the menu was apparent and appreciated. Mike

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Visited On Thursday, 27 February 2020

Lovely food and speedy service as usual!

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Great food in an unusual setting

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

Mt Chinese guest was very impressed by the setting. We both found items on the menu that we enjoyed. The service was attentive. We booked a table at 14:00. The need to leave by 15:00 was very clear.

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

Another member of waiting staff needed please, service is very slow and in some cases slapdash

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Delicious honest food. Attentive service Comfortable atmosphere

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Visited On Thursday, 06 February 2020

Everyone I introduce to Cafe Below loves the uniqueness and the location is really convenient

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Visited On Thursday, 06 February 2020

Top notch food, served by friendly staff. Bit noisy in the main restaurant, but food outweighed that.

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Visited On Monday, 03 February 2020

A bit noisy, but that's unavoidable in such an environment. My Chinese guest loved it - location and food.

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Visited On Thursday, 30 January 2020

Fantastic location in the heart of the City, in an atmospheric medieval crypt, with wonderful food and attentive service. I love Cafe Below!

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 January 2020

A lovely find! Quirky seating, good food. The lighting could be more atmospheric. Given the location it's a shame that it is quite so bright. Great place overall - make sure you book!

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Visited On Friday, 24 January 2020

Lovely building, very quick service on a Friday lunch time but could have been a little more attentive when trying to order (we had to ask someone to take it) Lovely food

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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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