Shepherdess Café

Restaurants , British Hoxton
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Britta Jaschinski

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
Contact:
Address: 221 City Rd
London
EC1V 1JN
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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Hayley J

Five-star greasy spoon. Perfect for hungry builders and hungover hipsters. Menu includes fried slice, giant omelette, b.p (black pudding) and full on meaty fry ups with jumbo sausages. No eggs benedict! 


Very affordable, swift service and good east end vibes.