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“Classic good value English Cafe with film links”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Regency Cafe

Regency Cafe
Ranked #70 of 22,367 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, British, Diner
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Westminster
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Classic good value English Cafe with film links”
Reviewed February 26, 2013 via mobile

The venue for a scene in the movie Layer Cake with Daniel Craig, this is an excellent value, traditional English Cafe. There are no airs and graves about the place with plastic seats and formica covered tables but the food makes up for it. For £5.50 you can get s set breakfast with good quality ingediants of egg bacon beans herby sausage toast and tea. Don't bother paying for breakfast in your hotel. The staff are very friendly and the clientelle are a large cross section of society from builders right to the "suits".

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Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Why pay the extortionate price in the hotel we were staying? I was happy to go out for breakfast. It sounds an insult to call it a greasy spoon as it was wonderful. The service was very quick, you queued up placed your order and then went to find a seat and shortly afterwards in a very loud, deep voice your order was shouted out and you collected it. The Regency was very basic but clean and I was transported back in time to the 1960's but I loved it. I would certainly go again.

  • Visited February 2013
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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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200 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
“It's what it says on the door.....”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

OK, here goes with my opinion....

It's a Cafe - it's what it says on the sign. Despite what some of the negative reviewers say, it makes no pretensions to be anything else, so don't judge it by what it isn't.
There are a couple of comments here that mention a slightly "threatening" atmosphere, but if you want to feel really threatened, go to a Cafe a bit further East of here and see how you get treated. My view is that tourists as well as locals could eat here easily, and just blend in with what is quite unique in this environment. There's a bit of showmanship with the shouting of orders etc. but the overriding positive is the breakfast - it's done with a lot of noise and passion and is made from great quality ingerdients. The English breakfast isn't something to be linger over with meagre portions of skinny this and that while you mess around on Facebook - it's a good old shot of substance for the day ahead. If you want to spend three times as much and wait in a queue for a fancy coffee then go somewhere else and be one of the sheep.

Everywhere has it's place in your life and schedule, and this is the big weekend breakfast for me. Would I come here every morning - no. Would I come here before work - possibly depending on what the day has in store. Would I come here after a nght on the beer - absolutely. A lazy Staurday mid-morning - too right......

If you prefer an old English boozer over a branded lager and premixed cocktail warehouse you'll love this place. If you you don't, then you'll probably prefer Starbucks.......but I'd be interested to see you order a skinny winny frappucino with an extra decaf shot here!

One criticism - I saw a salad on the menu......?

  • Visited February 2013
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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A good breakfast is hard to find, but we found it!”
Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

We enjoy a good cooked breakfast and it's amazing how many hotels get it so wrong. We were staying at a 5* hotel in town and thought we'd give their poncy and very expensive fare a miss and track down somewhere else to go for a classic British fry up in honest surroundings.... And we found it at the Regency Cafe.

I have to say its not easy searching for a decent breakfast cafe and I happened to find a forum elsewhere that mentioned the Regency. It's a pity Trip Advisor doesn't include Breakfast in their search filters. Anyway perhaps it's a good thing as it would be a shame if this place became overrun with tourists.

If you follow the owners rules on ordering, you'll be just fine. The breakfast choice is great, catering for all combinations and however you like your eggs done. The portions are generous and satisfying. The bacon is cooked perfectly, just a little crispy and the fried eggs were spot on, not at all overcooked with a runny yolk. The tea is a good British brew too.

Thoroughly reccommended!! We'll be going back for sure!

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Thank Max B
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Highland Park, Illinois
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26 reviews
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“A must if you're in the area”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Step back in time for the best breakfast in London. Walk up to the counter and order the set breakfast - bacon rasher, sausage, beans or grilled tomato and an egg with choice of toast or bread and butter, and of course coffee or tea. Take a seat and once it's ready you'll hear a deep bellow to pick up your breakfast!

Visited January 2013
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