E Pellicci

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Bethnal Green

The East End’s pride and joy: a king among caffs.

If ever proof were needed that all caffs are not equal, this Grade-II listed greasy spoon on Bethnal Green Road is it. The food may not be much more than reasonably above-average caff grub, but the atmosphere and decor are second to none. Opened in 1900, and still in the hands of the same family, Pellicci’s is an east London landmark. It has an almost opulent feel, harking back to a time when caff culture was king. Chrome-lined Vitrolite panels line the outside, and the wood-panelled interior is filled with Formica tables and art deco touches. Food is still prepared with pride every day by Mama Maria – queen of the kitchen since 1961. The kids, Anna and Nevio Junior, serve it up with a wink, a smile and as much banter as you can handle. Fry-ups are first rate, and the fish and chips, daily grills and Italian specials aren’t half bad either. Desserts, from bread pudding to Portuguese pasteis de nata, are worth a punt too. But it’s the vibrant welcome, served with a healthy helping of mickey-taking, that makes the place so special.

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Venue name: E Pellicci
Address: 332 Bethnal Green Road
E2 0AG
Opening hours: Meals served 7am-4pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green tube/rail or bus 8
Price: Main courses £5.50-£8.20. Unlicensed. Corkage no charge

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4.8 / 5

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Juliana S
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My Ultimate Fav in London... The vibe and atmosphere of the restaurant is a full adventure journey through out the home made exquisite meals. Had a vegetarian English Breakfast and I felt like my mom had cooked it for me... so incredibly good!... GUYS IF YOU HAVENT BEEN TO PELLICCI  you are missing out London!

Denise M

Famous for their great food, especially all day breakfast. Opened by parents and still being run over 50 years by the children, great fun and East end charm, very warm and friendly staff - well recommend a visit,  some very famous people have visited here over the years, CHECK IT OUT!!!

Jacky P

Narr is it a bagel or bigel!!!!!

Forget the fantastic food what an eruption of fun with this debate. 

You have to visit if only for the banter. Fabulous feel good kaff.

Maria D

What an amazing place! Went there for Saturday brunch and was told that the packed environment was actually not as busy as usual. My friend and I were able to nab some seats at a table - everyone is super friendly, service makes you feel literally at home - and the food is amazing value for your money! (I suggest the mixed grill - a super-sized English breakfast with a side of chips.) I will be a regular!!


What a great place! The breakfast was delicious, the atmosphere was lively with very friendly service. When it gets busy they add people to your table - which is great, you get to meet new friends and it adds to the experience. Definitely a must to go visit.


Wonderful large bowl of heart warming soup, with the most friendly and considerate staff. The waiter was keen to give us a good table, service was perfect. I can't believe I have walked past this amazing cafe and not been in before. We will definitely be back, I just loved everything about the place, thank you.

Ted Harvey

It Seems my father was responsible for the Walnut panels.As a child I spent lots of time eating bacon sandwiches in the 40/50s and they were the best in the East End. served by the nicest family, nothing as changed as I returned some time ago, Sadly Terry and so many of the family have passed on but the service is still the same.Give it a try.

doremy vernon

went there today, couldnt believe how much I enjoyed the experience. Warmth of every one serving us. Breakfast - only £5 50 lasted me all day. Pity I live in South London - no if I lived nearer Id be fat as a pig! Cant wait to try main meal