Regency Café

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Regency Café
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The exterior of the Regency Café
Regency Café is located in Central London
Regency Café
Location within London
Restaurant information
Established 1946
Current owner(s) Marco Schiavetta and Claudia Perotti
Food type Greasy spoon
Dress code Casual
Street address 17-19 Regency Street
City London
Postal/ZIP Code SW1P 4BY
Country United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°29′38″N 0°07′56″W / 51.494001°N 0.132195°W / 51.494001; -0.132195Coordinates: 51°29′38″N 0°07′56″W / 51.494001°N 0.132195°W / 51.494001; -0.132195
Reservations No

The Regency Café is an art deco style cafe in Regency Street, London. It first opened in 1946, and has been used as a filming location on several occasions. In 2013, it was voted as the fifth best restaurant in London by users of Yelp.

Description[edit]

The Regency Café opened in 1946 on Regency Street, London, near to the borders of Westminster and Pimlico.[1] It was sold by the original owners to Antonio Perotti and Gino Schiavetta in 1986.[2] It is now run by Antonio's daughter, Claudia and Gino's son Marco.[1][3]

The interior tiling is original,[4] while the tables are newer and formica topped. Interior decorations include photographs of Tottenham Hotspur football players.[1] The cafe is designed in an art deco style.[5] The cafe has been featured as a filming location in several BBC series such as Judge John Deed , Rescue Me and London Spy. It has also appeared in the films Layer Cake and Brighton Rock as well as Pride[5] In print, it has appeared in the Japanese version of the magazine Vogue and in a Volkswagen advertisement.[2]

Menu[edit]

The Regency Café serves cuisine traditionally seen in a greasy spoon style cafe. It includes a variety of breakfast food such as Eggs Benedict, although with fried eggs. The tea served was described by Harry Wallop for The Daily Telegraph, as "Proper builders’ tea, the stuff that once fuelled the docks, factories and steelworks of Britain; a mug of pure, liquid copper."[4] Other items include a homemade steak pie.[2][3]

Reception[edit]

In 2013, the Regency Café was voted as the fifth best restaurant in London by users of the website Yelp.[4] It had already been included in a list of the top five less expensive places to eat in the UK, also produced by Yelp for the Wall Street Journal.[3] Harry Wallop, writing for The Daily Telegraph in April 2013, described the Regency Café as the "real deal" when it came to retro style cafes.[4] He praised the food served, saying that it was rough but tasted good.[4] A Time Out review in April 2013 called the food "stodgetastic" and gave it a score of three out of five.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Regency Café". Time Out. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c McLennan, William (29 March 2013). "Top billing for cafe that featured in films including Brighton Rock and Layer Cake". West End Extra. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c O'Brien, Liam (20 March 2013). "No reservations, no celebrity chefs: greasy spoon outshines Michelin-starred restaurants". The Independent. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Wallop, Harry (22 March 2013). "It's not haute cuisine, but the Regency Cafe has got top London restaurants licked". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Regency Cafe". Film London. February 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2013.