Jay Rayner hailed the cafe as being the "kind of restaurant any hectic city needs"; a quality driven, friendly place where you can meet mates, clients or colleagues, all in the unique setting of a Christopher Wren crypt!
Café Below is a hidden gem which can host prestigious events and dinners for private or business clients. Our menus and wine list are contemporary and when added to the unique 1000 year old crypt dining room, they make the perfect recipe for an event to remember.View Private Dining Details
Two courses and a glass of wine (or bottle of craft ale or soda): £18
Café Below is tucked in the atmospheric thousand-year-old crypt of iconic St Mary le Bow in the heart of the City. Lauded by Jay Rayner, the restaurant has a menu of healthy homemade salads, comforting mains and house crafted desserts. From hearty beef casseroles to braised lamb to vegetarian bakes, Café Below’s menu is a wholesome yet sophisticated. This is complemented by a drinks list of small producer wines, craft beers and soft drinks. Your table is waiting!
Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.
Valid For: 1 - 6 people
Starts: 11 September 2019
Ends: 31 October 2019
Availability: Mon-Fri 11:30-14:00
Nice location; underneath the church. Full of character. Very quiet - people in there working on laptops. Had a lovely freshly cooked breakfast. Was a group booking and all were happy!
It is quite noisy but the food was excellent
Absolutely love the Cafe Below. Great food, attentive staff and lovely location. It will always be a favourite
The food was simple and delicious. Our server made us feel so welcome. Thank you!
Another excellent lunch at Cafe Below. Healthy, simple, reasonable, clean, great venue
My only complaint about Cafe Below was the excessively rushed service. As soon as we arrived We were asked 3 times within 5 mins if we were ready to order, then the food came instantly. The moment we finished we were asked if we wanted desert. I was tempted to ask if we were only allowed 15 mins table time!! It made us feel under pressure to leave! Food was lovely though.
Always 5 stars, can’t fault this place, everything of the menu is always delicious. Compliments to the chef!
The Cafe Below is my favourite place to eat in the City and I love to take friends there to enjoy the wonderfully cosy atmosphere. The salads are imaginative and delicious. The service is always friendly and attentive.
Always delicious, can’t fault it.
One of my favourite places, great food, friendly staff nice atmosphere....
Cafe Below is my favourite place to eat in the City. There's a wonderful atmosphere, the service is always attentive and friendly, and the food is delicious. I'm already looking forward to my next meal there.
another reliable meal at this excellent city eatery. good food; pleasant service and ambience
Another excellent meal at Café Below. Reliable food, speedy service and affordable. Great venue
A lovely haven to have lunch in the City. It is a small space, with therefore a small menu, but the choice was good.
Sadly the lamb dish had sold out by the time we ordered.
Nevertheless the chicken salad was extremely nice. The wait staff were very attentive, as ever. Many thanks, and will definitely come again.
I am never disappointed by the Cafe Below and still love to visit there from time to time even though I no longer work nearby. The food is always delicious and the salads are particularly inspired. The service is excellent and always comes with a smile. I'm already looking forward to my next visit.
Another great lunch at Cafe Below.
The salads are truly wonderful; the deserts delicious and wine reasonable.
Very good food and service
Food was really good and would highly recommend this restaurant. Service was good and friendly too. This was my first visit and will definitely be going back again.
Cool venue very interesting. Food was decent, not amazing but tasty and decent portions. Prices reasonable given it’s in St. Paul’s. Makes a very nice change to all the corporate style restaurants in the City. Would go again. Lots of options for vegetarians too.
Great food and very speedy service - fantastic place for lunch.
lovely staff, food was very good, we asked for a discrete table and were put next to a group so not so great as it's a bit echoey and we had trouble hearing each other once they arrived but other than that, the food and staff really made us forget about this.
We will come back for sure!
An incredible place - made even more special by the staff; friendly, attentive, witty, caring...if I didn't already have a partner, I would move in!
Very cosy crypt with a large choice of great meals. Vegetarian options are awesome and the products are good and fresh!
Yummy Friday brekkie with a colleague - second time this week - this could be habit-forming! Which is not necessarily a bad thing... thanks Cafe Below!
another excellent meal at Café Below. The ambience is perfect for a business meal, and the acoustics such that you can converse easily and quietly.
Food is excellent too!
Another wonderful lunch at Café Below!
Excellent food; lovely wine; great service.
Quaint location with homemade food. Nothing massively spectacular food wise, but very enjoyable
It's always a pleasure and a treat to eat at the Cafe Below. The food is always freshly prepared and there's something for all tastes. I especially enjoy the salad plates and vegetarian dishes. The service is always friendly with a smile and I always feel very welcome there.
Booked through Open Table using the special lunch offer (which you have to physically click on) of 2 courses and drink for £18. I've done a lot of deals like this through Open table and another site with no issues. When I asked for the bill they charged full price which I questioned. The waitress went off to "speak to the manager" and came back saying you must mention the offer before you order.
Now, I say that the correct response should have been, "you should request the menu before, but we will correct the bill". Note, the food is the same. The deal was only £10 cheaper for 2 so no real issue, but for anyone booking it, just note what you need to do.
Food was all OK. Nicely cooked but not particularly full of flavour.
Wonderful to be able to sit outside in the City but away from traffic. Interesting and delicious array of salads all hand prepared. Home made lemonade was very refreshing in the heat. Food very good value. Service very efficient yet friendly. Will certainly come back.
Excellent venue with lovely outside seating area.
Food id very good and reasonable.
I love the Cafe Below. I know I will always enjoy my meal, the service is great and the setting unusual so all round, a great place for lunch.
Love this place as you feel miles from the City. Delicious home cooked and healthy food
First visit to the Cafe Below. Good food options. Ok wine selection.
Good food and very quick
Always love this place and food is just the best. Highly recommend.
Reliable city eatery!
The food is good, service timely, and the price very affordable.
Have eaten here several times. The food is excellent, the surroundings unusual and the service very quick and efficient.