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Polo 24 Hour Bar

Restaurants, British Liverpool Street
2 out of 5 stars
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Mark Cocksedge

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

A 24-hour café opposite Liverpool Street station, serving classic breakfast and brunches.

Immediately opposite the main entrance to Liverpool Street station, this 24-hour café tempts all day and all night. It serves classic breakfast and brunches alongside an evening menu focusing on British favourites. The drinks list ranges from Twinings teas and Italian coffees to local craft beers, English ciders, wines from the new world and champagne. Our most recent visit was on a Sunday morning. The seating on the first floor can be cramped; avoid the corridor perches if you can, as this can feel like dining on a crowded commuter train as customers and waiting staff jostle by. Our breakfasts took a while to arrive, and although the chef might not be a finalist for MasterChef, the meal the job: filling, and competently made. The quality of the maple syrup and the hollandaise sauce could have been a little less like catering pack fare, but with dishes costing under a tenner, you can hardly expect Gregg Wallace and John Torode to be regulating the ingredient quality. Polo is a fast turnaround caff that should set you up for the day ahead, at whatever time of day you’re dropping by.

 

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Address: 176 Bishopsgate
London
EC2M 4NQ
Price: Meal for two with hot drinks and service: around £30.
Opening hours: Open 24 hours a day, daily
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Users say (5)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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tastemaker

Just across Liverpool Street Station, I was surprised to have not noticed this place for a long time! It is indeed a bit tiny and cramped (even though it has 3 floors), but the fact that it's open 24 hours gives a bonus point to it. I went to try their special pancake menu for Shrove Tuesday and they have collaborated with Jude's Ice cream. On this menu you can find a stack of red velvet pancakes with an actual slice of red velvet on top served with cherry ripple ice cream or pancakes with custard ice cream and apple crumble. There is also the tower challenge which is a gigantic stack of 12 pancakes with cream and berries between each layer. Would you dare to take the challenge ;)?

Tastemaker

Classic judging a book by its cover! The name and the location have meant I have ignored this place in search of the other amazing eateries in Spitalfields/Shoreditch. Granted those spots do trump this place and I'm only giving it a 3* however the food was good for what it is, the staff were friendly and the rooms are light and spacious. A group of colleagues visited on July 4th for some pancakes and shakes and boy did they deliver. The portions were huge and the flavours were on point. Some of the ingredients had obviously just been reheated in the microwave however it didn't spoil the meal. The sweet cheesecake pancakes is a must but only with an empty stomach  (and probably to share!). The shakes were presented nicely but not the best I've had. Basically don't write this place off :)

tastemaker

Very close to Liverpool street station, (across the road in fact) a great restaurant and the best thing is, it's open all 24 hours! You can grab breakfast in the morning or the evening! I ordered the All American breakfast which consisted of a pancake with a pot of maple syrup, streaky bacon, two eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, hash browns and sweet potato fries and sausage. It was delicious! I also had a side of mac n cheese which was very tasty, the surprise broccoli pieces threw me off a bit but it was surprisingly tasty. I washed it down with an extremely strong, creamy and sweet vanilla whisky hard shake. I love hard shakes! Very welcoming and great service. Interesting décor with plenty to look at, including a random stuffed bear statue. The pancakes have been branded by the Evening Standard as ‘award winning’ so will definitely going to try those next. They have a good variety of Benedict’s as well!

Tastemaker

The place is pretty cramped. The decor may be trying too hard to attempt a 50s style but I forgive them for that as they have pretty good milkshakes. The seats however are very uncomfortable especially the booths, very slidy seats. There was only one waitress serving everyone and she was not a happy bunny, we waited so long for service that my companion had to go up twice to order and ask for the bill. I think it has the potential the be better, just on this occasion most things were poor. Except the milkshake. The milkshake was awesome.


Great place, with an awesome atmosphere. All the staff were great. The full English is perfect any time of day!

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