Cafe Below

4.6
350 reviews
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British
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  • Lunch
  • Casual
  • Healthy
In the atmospheric, mediaeval crypt of St Mary le Bow Church, the Cafe Below is a City institution. A quiet oasis from the hectic world above, serving a short menu of British and European dishes, with the occasional curry, the cafe has an ever changing seasonal menu. Being beneath the Bow Bells, naturally we are dedicated to all things London, so we source as locally as possible; our coffee is roasted in Hackney and our beer brewed in the East End. For breakfast, we are the perfect place for a moment of quiet before the day begins or a small or large business meeting, all with Homemade rye toast, River Farm smoked salmon, Brioche French toast and our own granola.

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!

Private Dining

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.

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JP
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always 5 stars, can’t fault this place, everything of the menu is always delicious. Compliments to the chef!

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JM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, can’t fault it.

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GP
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

One of my favourite places, great food, friendly staff nice atmosphere....

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JM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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IB
London
183 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

another reliable meal at this excellent city eatery. good food; pleasant service and ambience

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IB
London
183 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Another excellent meal at Café Below. Reliable food, speedy service and affordable. Great venue

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FH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely haven to have lunch in the City. It is a small space, with therefore a small menu, but the choice was good.

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FH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

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JM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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IB
London
183 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great lunch at Cafe Below.
The salads are truly wonderful; the deserts delicious and wine reasonable.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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AK
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very speedy service - fantastic place for lunch.

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S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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N
London
20 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very cosy crypt with a large choice of great meals. Vegetarian options are awesome and the products are good and fresh!

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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IB
London
183 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

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IB
London
183 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful lunch at Café Below!
Excellent food; lovely wine; great service.

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JM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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r
London
13 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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SW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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IB
London
183 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue with lovely outside seating area.
Food id very good and reasonable.

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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SW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place as you feel miles from the City. Delicious home cooked and healthy food

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s
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First visit to the Cafe Below. Good food options. Ok wine selection.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and very quick

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JP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place and food is just the best. Highly recommend.

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IB
London
183 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Reliable city eatery!
The food is good, service timely, and the price very affordable.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Have eaten here several times. The food is excellent, the surroundings unusual and the service very quick and efficient.

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NB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a very special lunch experience here. The lower part of this lovely church has been converted into a small restaurant. Sitting under the arches is really special and you can ask for a quiet corner when you book. The food is gorgeous. Beautiful salads and lots of vegetarian options. I can really recommend it for a lunch in the City!

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N
London
146 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great option for a fairly speedy and good value lunch - the food comes quickly, there's a reasonable selection of dishes and the service is good.

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H
London
25 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very happy with quality of food and service received. Definitely recommend

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CH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent, healthy food

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Great food and perfect service.

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C
Kent
87 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice little place this with a unique feel. Food was decent, if a little heavy. Service was good, wine was a fair price and overall I liked what I saw and ate. I'd go back

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H
London
25 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is one of my favourite restaurants close to work, I use this often and am never disappointed with the quality of the food. I would definitely recommend it for good quality, good quantity and excellent value for money.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic every time! Super food, super service!! Would recommend every time

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H
London
25 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a regular choice of venue for me when I eat out at lunchtime, I love the atmosphere, food, excellent value for money and service is always good.

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