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.
So, you might find 'Severn & Wye’s Smoked Salmon with Potato Salad, Capers & Lemon’'; ‘Marbled Duck & Ham Terrine with Cumberland Sauce & Granary Toast’ and 'Watercress Soup' among the starters.
'Macaroni Cheese with Montgomery Cheddar', 'Braised Lamb Shoulder wth Roast Shallot & Redcrrant Glaze'; 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’ & ‘Bramley Apple Burnt Cream’.
They often have live jazz or musicians from the Royal College of Music during the summer months – but enquire first.
- Food Style: Budget Restaurants - the best
- Lunch: all week between 9.00-16.00 - mains from around £9 to £15; set menu from £14.75 (2 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 on this page - on the SW side of the Inner Circle, close to the Outdoor Theatre.
- Parking: Street Parking
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
- Outside eating