First built, in 1964, as part of the Little Chef chain of restaurant, this 'café', away from the rush of London's traffic, has been re-invented - by going back to the original, pre Little Chef, plans. On the cost front, however, it's hardly a café, but a modestly-priced restaurant - although items such as pastries and cooked breakfast is offered.
Henry Harris, head chef at the excellent Racine Restaurant (q,v.) has developed a menu that encompasses the best of simple traditional dishes but with new twists.
So, you might find 'Potted Shrimps on Sourdough'; 'Marbled Duck & Ham Terrine with Cumberland Sauce & Granary Toast' and 'Watercress Soup' among the starters.
'Macaroni Cheese with Montgomery Cheddar', 'Hot Shredded Lamb on Soft Organic Bread with Mint Butter'; Battered Cod & Chips with Tartare Sauce'; and 'Ratatouille with Steamed Rice' among the mains.
Desserts include good local ice cream from Marine Ices (q.v.) - plus puds such as 'Sticky Toffee'.
They often have live jazz during the summer months - but enquire first.
- Food Style: Budget Restaurants - the best
- Lunch: all week between 10.00 & Dusk - mains from around £10 to £14; set All-day Menu Mon-Fri £14.75 (2 courses), £18.95 (3 courses)
- Seats: 150 (plus 150 on terrace)
- Wine: there is a short wine list (including 2 Champagnes)
- Children's portions: Yes
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Baker Street Underground
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page - on the SW side of the Inner Circle, close to the Outdoor Theatre.
- Parking: Street Parking
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
- Outside eating