SquareMeal Review of
The Cafe Below
What was once the City’s favourite vegetarian has long since turned omnivore, but there’s still a home-cooked wholesomeness about this diminutive café in the Norman crypt of St Mary-le-Bow. The
daily lunch menu continues to offer rich meat-free pickings, from salad bowls to roast aubergine & Puy lentil casserole with brown rice & peperonata, although the kitchen’s talents now
extend to the likes of pan-fried sea bream with herb bulgur & salsa verde. There are sandwiches on Italian-style bread to sate lighter appetites & a shorter menu is served in the evening.
To drink, a clutch of wines & Meantime beers share the stage with ciders & perry from Herefordshire champions Dunkerton’s. When the sun shines, the alfresco seating in the lee of Wren’s
church almost trumps the ancient crypt.
The Cafe Below is recommended for
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!
Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.