Great British

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Great British

A workmen’s caff in Mayfair may seem like an anomaly, but this isn’t so much a proper builders’ refuge as an homage to the tradition. Recently taken over by new owners, it’s been carefully restored to enhance the retro caff look: wood-panelled, tiled, even black and white portraits on the walls of iconic Brits such as Norman Wisdom.

Breakfast is the main meal of the day here: our full English cost £9.95 – nearly a Paul McKenna for a fry-up. But the bangers were properly porky, and the presentation pretty, with the baked beans served in their own little preservation jar. Healthier options include porridge, or grilled kipper with wholemeal toast.

Sandwiches are the staple during the day, while hot dishes appear in the evenings (fish and chips, shepherd’s pie). The cooler cabinet is filled with bottled beers and wines for diners not in a rush. Afternoon tea is also served.

But at heart, this is a caff, complete with bottles of HP Sauce and Heinz Tomato Ketchup on the small, beautifully tiled tables. On our visit the service was languorous (despite the 12.5 percent service added to the bill), but this will likely get a bit more vim once the caff gets busier.


Venue name: Great British
Address: 14 North Audley St
Opening hours: Meals served 7.30am-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 11.30am-5pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Bond Street tube
Price: Main courses £10-£22.50. Set tea £9.50-£21.
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My self and my partner had a fantastic dinner at this Mayfair Gem last week, top class cooking championing British seasonal produce and friendly and efficient service. A must try dish is the longhorn Rib steak with bone marrow and a crunchy duck egg.. desserts were also excellent along with a great choice of wines with a good English selection. for its Mayfair location the over all cost was great value, this gem is a must try. :-)

Well i think this is a rather misleading, or maybe just old, review - i have only been here for dinner when the place is anything but 'just a cafe'. With excellent British sourced ingredients creatively prepared, the food and wines all could be found in much more expensive and 'swisher' places. I honestly have not been able to fault the food in the 4 times i have been so far. The staff are relaxed and friendly and the atmosphere cosy , with simple quirky decor - original wood panelling left over from when it actually was a cafe. I cannot recommend it enough!