19 Regency St Westminster, London SW1P 4BY
While you may not find the perfect smashed avo or gluten-free muesli here, this long-standing London establishment is famous for its delicious and classic English breakfasts. Located in Westminster, it’s not uncommon to see a big queue of hungry diners lining up through the café and out the door, all eagerly awaiting their weekend fry-up. The food here is beautiful in its soul-warming simplicity, evident in the enthusiasm of their staff and the satisfaction of their customers. With such a great reputation, K and I absolutely could not pass up the opportunity to visit while we were in London, and we were so impressed that we returned the following weekend!
Walking in, we were greeted by a retro-style café filled with eclectic memorabilia of old sporting legends and celebrities. The constant sizzle of the grill is interrupted only by the loud proclamations of the server, directing diners to collect their meals. We joined the long line which provided us with much-needed time to decide on our order from a huge menu of classic breakfast items, from eggs and bacon to black pudding and bubble & squeak.
There’s nothing better than a full English breakfast, and I opted for a bit of everything. Being my first time eating black pudding, I was a tad tentative, but ended up loving the crispy exterior and the moreish umami flavour. The eggs were the perfect sunny-side up and I couldn’t get enough of the sausages.
The true hero for me from this already amazing plate of food were undoubtedly the hash browns – amazingly crunchy with a delicious seasoning that I can’t quite place, they were definitely the best hash browns I’ve ever eaten.
K enjoyed his plate of food just as much as I did, in particular praising the fantastic grilled tomatoes that popped with flavour and smokiness, as well as the beautifully fried serving of mushrooms – a truly hearty breakfast indeed.
On our return trip the following weekend, we toned it down a notch and just got a selection of our favourites (with lots of hash browns on the side of course!). Everything was just as delicious as we remembered and we left feeling very happy and full of great food. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Regency Café to anyone to lives in or is visiting London – it’s worth the trip, won’t break the bank and just goes to show that with good execution, the no-fuss classics are truly perfect in their simplicity.