River Café

Restaurants, British Parsons Green
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No, not that River Café. This particular River Café, opposite the entrance to Putney Bridge tube station, is a fine example of that endangered species, the old-fashioned British caff. The focus of the breakfast menu, predictably, is a mix-and-match full English – generously portioned, and very reasonably priced at £3-£5. Lunch is anchored by hearty British classics, including shepherd’s pie, ham, egg and chips, and liver and bacon, all for £5-£6. If you can possibly squeeze in more, apple pie and some tasty Italian puds await.

The real draw, however, is not the food, but the feeling of being in a living museum. The place has a quietly dignified, low-key charm, and the decor – unchanged in decades – is a delight, with beautiful blue and white tiling, seascape murals, plywood panelling and Formica tabletops. Italian proprietor Rob offers a warm welcome to all, from elderly gents parked with the newspaper to the few young hipsters who have discovered this gem. Forget the current retro-revival trend; nothing is as comforting as the real thing – ideally with a bacon and egg butty and a cuppa (two sugars, please).



Venue name: River Café
Address: Station Approach
Opening hours: Open 7am-3.30pm Mon-Fri; 7am-3pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Putney Bridge
Price: Main courses £4-£7
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Been there and its a definate must go and enjoy before someone buys it and ruins it. Good quality food even fresh sandwiches are a treat. Only thing is they seem to offer mugs of teas not teapots!

Hopefully not a 'dying breed' as such, as this family run old school type places are unique, personal and make London all that it is!  I love the fact that the old Italian Mom and Dad still work here serving the tables and chatting to the never ending stream of regulars.  Breakfasts are yummy and great value for money.  It's absolutely worth a visit and please remember it's cash only.

Have been frequenting this, the original River Café, for the last 19 years. We always take friends here for a proper english caff experience, great full english and proper warm, family service.

Apologies for the short review but need to get down there now before it gets to busy!