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Terry's Cafe

158 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 1PE, England
+44 20 7407 9358
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  • Excellent84%
  • Very good11%
  • Average1%
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly
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LOCATION
158 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 1PE, England
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61 - 70 of 252 reviews

Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Had breakfast which was really good. Ingredients were all top quality from Borough Market. Old black and white photos on the walls are great. Will definitely return.

Thank Gearoid D
Terryscafe, Owner at Terry's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2016

Hello, Thank you very much, hope to see you soon! Best wishes, Austin & the team

Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

Must declare an interest. Third review. Massive fan. However, four of the party were Terry's virgins and they were most impressed! Stunning food as ever!

Thank bekoubetts
Terryscafe, Owner at Terry's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2016

Cheers Nick, Great to have your continued support. Best wishes, Austin & the team

Reviewed April 19, 2016

Went to today for a quick lunch with my husband, who works nearby. Sat outside, sun was shining, had a lovely chat with people sitting around us. Very unusual for London - but what a great atmosphere! A real mix of people, which is brilliant...More

Thank lorraineperez62
Reviewed April 17, 2016

Our first experience of 'the full English breakfast' was more than satisfying in both food and service. First class host - personality plus and up for a chat. Just a wonderful start to the day and we couldn't recommend Terry's too highly. Don't expect the...More

Thank RedDogDreamz
Terryscafe, Owner at Terry's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2016

Hey! It was a pleasure meeting you all, hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.....thanks for your kind and honest review. Best wishes, Austin & the team

Reviewed March 18, 2016

The week day specials are great. Tuesday was Toad in the hole and the sausages were superb. The décor is old and is a piece of history, with its old photos and memorabilia. Only halve a dozen tables so be prepared to share or wait....More

1  Thank Quads4
Terryscafe, Owner at Terry's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2016

Hello, Thanks for taking to time to post your honest take on the cafe, most appreciated Best wishes, Austin & the team

Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

Thought I'd check out Terry's Cafe for a spot of breakfast and I'm so glad I made the effort. This small Cafe on Great Suffolk Street is small but very atmospheric, with friendly service. The coffee was good but the food was excellent. I was...More

Thank Gary F
Terryscafe, Owner at Terry's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2016

Thanks Gary, Hope to see you soon! Best wishes, Austin & the team

Reviewed March 8, 2016

Friendly service with a lovely atmosphere. Food is fab and you can actually get an amazing vegetarian breakfast. Great coffee and bottomless tea for a quid!

Thank Jaguardame
Terryscafe, Owner at Terry's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2016

Hello, Thank you ever so much, hope to see you again soon, Best wishes, Austin & the team

Reviewed March 8, 2016

Great local place, wonderful atmosphere, friendly people, no fuss food. Great English Breakfast but great for not-so-filling items as well. This is the kind of place I would go back to regularly.

Thank Jeremy E
Terryscafe, Owner at Terry's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2016

Hello, Thank you for you kind and honest words, we would be happy to serve you regularly.....hope to see you soon! Best wishes, Austin & the team

Reviewed March 6, 2016

We always try to seek out a local cafe for breakfast when staying in London. This is a wonderful example of proper food cooked to order with smiling, friendly service.

Thank maggieb041
Terryscafe, Owner at Terry's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2016

Hello, Thank you...hope to see you soon. Best wishes, Austin & the team

Reviewed March 1, 2016

This is a great atmospheric place with lots of character. The staff are very friendly and food great. Loved the bloomer bread. Old style London cafe

Thank Whe1o
Terryscafe, Owner at Terry's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2016

Hi, Thank you for your honest take on the cafe , pleasure to hear. Best wishes, Austin & the team

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Cass A
Do they accept credit cards?
April 3, 2017|
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Response from Terryscafe | Property representative |
Hi , We accept all major credit cards .... Best wishes, Austin
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nivnev
Will the cafe be open on Tuesday 27th December?
September 3, 2016|
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Response from Terryscafe | Property representative |
Hi, Sorry , only just seen this message, unfortunately we will be closed for Christmas holiday's. Best wishes, Austin
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Alex H
Do you do a ploughman's lunch?
August 3, 2015|
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Response from Terryscafe | Property representative |
Hi Alex, We certainly do , our ploughman's consists of , Ham (off the bone) mature cheddar cheese , chicken , ham & pork pie , salad , served with a selection of pickles/chutneys £8.00 Pairs perfectly with a bottle of... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$5 - $11
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 158 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 1PE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7407 9358
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Description
If you’re looking for a Michelin-star restaurant you’re in the wrong place.

Terry’s Cafe is a diamond in the rough. In an area now saturated with chains and soulless cheap snacks we’re proud to have achieved TripAdvisor’s 5-star rating and Certificate of Excellence for two years running. We offer good, affordable, locally sourced produce. And with our ever-increasing takeaway menu you can walk away with your lunch for a fiver.


Our story:

Terry came from a modest family of cooks. His dad was a chef in the army and his mum a pastry cook, so naturally he grew up around food. Born and raised in South London — all his family were from the Borough — where bomb sites were the playgrounds of his generation. Like most working class families in London, summer holidays were spent working on hop farms around Kent, pulling down vines for the local breweries. During the war he was evacuated to Folkestone, where he lived with an Army major and his wife. After the bombs stopped falling, Terry was reunited with the major on a trip down memory lane which resulted in his ownership of two pigs. This quickly turned into a smallholding two thousand pigs. (Promise we’re not telling porkies.)

Learning the trade:

At 17, Terry got a job at Smithfield Meat Market, where he learnt his trade in all aspects of butchery. But after a long career in the market, he decided it was time for a change of direction in order to spend some time with his young family. In 1982 he opened what is now known as Terry’s Cafe. With his extensive product knowledge, cooking and butchering skills, he produced wonderful home-cooked food using the resources from Smithfield and Borough markets nearby.

South London ambassador:

During his life, Terry was an ambassador for the local community. He passed on his values and experience to his son, Austin, who was named after Austin’s of Peckham, a former antiques shop on Rye Lane. Terry even got a discount on antiques for promoting the name.

Austin has worked in Terry’s since becoming a Saturday boy at the age of 14. Now in his thirties, he plans to move forward with his dad’s winning formula and continue to promote traditional values and British culture in a positive fashion.

Terry’s Tea

Drink tea for Victory -World peace & positivity

Have you seen the news lately? It seems like every day there’s another war, scandal or natural disaster. Just thinking about it would make your head spin. While you’re at Terry’s, we’d like to encourage you to pause for thought and meditate over a cup of your favourite brew. It’ll help you put things in perspective and appreciate the wonderful world we live in.

The only London caff with it's own blend of tea.

London’s noted cup of tea was the result of a research trip to Sri Lanka and India that was more about self-discovery than tea discovery. But the people at Terry’s are no stranger to a decent cup of tea. The distinctive flavour and soothing effect of these teas were hard to ignore. And soon they were on a boat to London to be sold exclusively at Terry’s.


Terry's Tea :

London's noted cup of tea since 1982 , pure unblended , fully traceable ceylon tea , available in store and on the Terry's cafe website . Available in English Breakfast (Cylon Black ) . Earl Grey . Green tea & Jasmine . Chamomile .London's morning pride coming soon .

SUMMER NOTICE :Please note we will be closed on Saturdays for the the month of August only . Return to a normal work Schedule in September
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