After moving offices from Teddington to London in January, we were all missing our local greasy spoon cafe. But do not despair, we seem to have landed on our feet and found a little gem of a place, the Coral Cafe in Lower Marsh. four of us set off 1pm on a Friday and settled down to our assessment and what it had to offer. Nice area, good clean tables and nice decor, but most importantly packed out with locals and the odd 'Suit' who know a good thing by the look of it.
We were served within 90 seconds of sitting down by the waitress(only one but what a good job she did.). After taking our orders, we had out tea and coffee within 2 mins and our selection of set breakfasts within 6 mins. We know this as I was running my stopwatch on her.(apology offered, but we wanted to check.) She was single handedly running the area efficiently, calmly and with a great sense of humour and cheer and this added to the excellent atmosphere and service we got.
We ordered a mixture of 2 traditional breakfasts that were huge, a big breakfast and a set breakfast all with toasted/fried bread. The portions were very large and the prices not typical London coming in between £4.90 and £5.40 including drinks. The food was very good, with the sausages, eggs and mushrooms done just right along with bacon, which was not too salty as in other cafes. And the bread was soft and crisp enough to mop up the beans and egg sauce at the end.
All topped off with very curteous kitchen staff and cashier as we paid and left the cafe.
If you want to see London do the London eye, Buck house, Parliament sq, Trafalgar sq, St Pauls and the others. And then eat at the Coral Bay Cafe, its one of Londons other sights and it should be on your list.
Overall we cannot stress to highly what a clean, friendly and efficient place we found it to be and and you will not break your wallet/purse with the price of around £5-6 for breakfast/lunch.
p.s Did we mention that the waitress was brilliant.?
Just arrived in the area and been here twice now. Always seems busy, so it's not a secret. Fairly basic, but big menu, big portions and small prices. The food is very good indeed, and the girl doing the waitressing (apparently single-handed) is without doubt the first person I'd get on board if I ever wanted to set up a restaurant. Must ask her name next time.
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