Shepherdess Café

Britta Jaschinski
Old Street

This landmark corner caff has appeared in several films and attracted a clutch of celebs in the three decades it’s been open, but remains an unreconstructed greasy spoon, complete with eye-straining strip lighting, and old-fashioned plastic sauce bottles on each table.

Classic full English breakfasts are the order of the day, with eggs, bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms costing £5.10; all manner of combos are available, with most plates arriving with chips (thick-cut, crispy but soft in the middle). Prices are similarly traditional: you’ll pay just 80p for a cuppa here, while the (proper) coffee starts at £1.30 for an espresso. There’s an extensive sandwich menu, and lunch dishes such as steak and kidney pie, and jacket potatoes.

Have a peek at the photos on the luminous green wall behind the till – former customers include 1990s girl band All Saints, Barry from EastEnders and regular Jamie Oliver (his restaurant Fifteen is just round the corner).


Venue name: Shepherdess Café
Address: 221 City Rd
Opening hours: Meals served 6.30am-4pm Mon-Fri; 7am-3pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Old Street
Price: Main courses £5.40-£7.95
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