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Summary

“Escape the feel of the City for very reasonable home cooked-food” in the ancient crypt of Bow Bells church. “There are no better dining establishments in the Square Mile: affordable, great service, good food with delicious daily changing salads” including “excellent veggie and vegan options”. Depending on when you go, it’s either a “quiet” space or quite a “noisy” one.

£35
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3
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3
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

The thousand-year-old crypt of the Bow Bells church provides a “great location” for breakfast and lunch – “you feel so far from the City”. It has a “short but excellent menu of hot meals and salads” that are “cheap, tasty, and major on the vegetarian”. (Weather permitting, you can eat al fresco in the churchyard here.)

£44
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3
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2
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Shhh, don’t tell anyone”, but this “busy, noisy café in the crypt of St Mary-Le-Bow” (and, weather permitting, al fresco in the churchyard) is “surely one of the City’s best-kept secrets”. The “good food” includes “decent, reasonably priced breakfasts”, “nice salads and hot dishes”.

£43
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3
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2
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3
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Simple, cheap, good-quality” cooking is on the menu at this “delightful” venue – but the trump card is its “setting in the atmospheric crypt of Bow Bells church”. “When busy, conversation can be hard”.

£40
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2
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2
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Café Below Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Café Below Restaurant in EC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Café Below restaurant.
Geoffrey P
Very nice cheapo place for lunch - can eat ...
Reviewed 3 months, 4 days ago

"Very nice cheapo place for lunch - can eat outside by the Church"

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Jo B
I had twice baked goats cheese soufflé whi...
Reviewed 9 months, 18 days ago

"I had twice baked goats cheese soufflé which was served with four different salads (heritage tomatoes with barley, mixed leaves, courgette and green beans and a lentil salad all of which were very tasty and not alike. The soufflé was very light, but coud have had a little more flavour. A very good chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce followed - a simple, but tasty way to end my meal. As I was on my own, I was tucked away on a table well out of the sight of most of the other diners."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£4.50 £12.00 £3.00 £4.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £23.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, London, EC2 6AU
Opening hours
Monday7:30 am-2:30 pm
Tuesday7:30 am-2:30 pm
Wednesday7:30 am-2:30 pm
Thursday7:30 am-2:30 pm
Friday7:30 am-2:30 pm
SaturdayCLOSED
SundayCLOSED

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