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Terry's Cafe

158 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 1PE, England
+44 20 7407 9358
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  • Excellent83%
  • Very good13%
  • Average1%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
158 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 1PE, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Terry's does breakfasts in a setting that winds the clock back to circa 1940's and when a breakfast was a meal to keep you working from dawn to dusk. The character and vibe are instant attractions and everyone at my table casually chatted as we...More

Thank 7fire3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant is really cosy and with a nice decoration like in the 20ies. Food was really tasty and not expensive. Have been here twice in our holidays as our appartment is right next to it. On the Photo are the fancy eggs, chocolate croissant...More

Thank Jennifer G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is no space on the walls - photos of old London, memoires from the Empire, royal family-related newspaper cuttings, Terry's 'words of wisdom', stuffed/fake budgies (not sure which), old boxing gloves and football boots.. the clutter is a tribute to a London of yesteryear....More

Thank TigSavage
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another London visit and another visit to terry's, I made a mistake in ordering "The works" last year as it's a big beast and as much as I tried, I couldn't finish it, so I ordered "The blowout" this time around, fantastic quality, all cooked...More

2  Thank MMEOL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here one morning because it was very close to the Waterloo train station, within walking distance. It was my first experience with an English breakfast and it did not disappoint! It’s a pretty small place but the food is great and they serve...More

1  Thank Brian H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious! One of the best traditional breakfast we had in London. All the classics you excepted, and you’ll also find nice not so classics: salmon, marmelades, preserves...Greasy and tasty!

2  Thank Jean-Christophe C
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

It was a lovely quaint restaurant. Menu was varied and portions were huge. Old time music and lots of old pictures on the wall.

Thank Charlotte G
Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Amazing English Breakfast. Very attentive staff. Lovely decor inside and out. I would highly recommended this place to anyone.

1  Thank JadeyT765
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Terry’s was perfect. We shared a full English breakfast and a Welsh Rarebit. It was an obscene amount of food, but we didn’t complain. Service was attentive and friendly. There was one woman, I wish I caught her name, but she seemed to be the...More

1  Thank angiec79
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

I was travelling to the UK from the Philiplines with my Filipina friend for the second time for vacation and was excited to try this resto since it was featured at a travel channel. We were not greeted well by both the girl on the...More

2  Thank Kristine M
Terryscafe, Owner at Terry's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Hi Kristine, I’m sorry and deeply saddened that you feel this way , it’s the complete opposite of what we represent and the values that we stand for.... I can honestly say this is an isolated incident and the fact that you are none white...More

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Response from RobPilling | Reviewed this property |
Open Monday to Saturday 7-2pm, 1pm on Saturday
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Hi , We accept all major credit cards .... Best wishes, Austin
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 158 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 1PE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7407 9358
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If you’re looking for a Michelin-star restaurant you’re in the wrong place. Terry’s Cafe is a diamond in the rough. In an area now saturated with chains and soulless cheap snacks we’re proud to have achieved TripAdvisor’s 5-star rating and Certificate of Excellence for two years running. We offer good, affordable, locally sourced produce. And with our ever-increasing takeaway menu you can walk away with your lunch for a fiver. Our story: Terry came from a modest family of cooks. His dad was a chef in the army and his mum a pastry cook, so naturally he grew up around food. Born and raised in South London — all his family were from the Borough — where bomb sites were the playgrounds of his generation. Like most working class families in London, summer holidays were spent working on hop farms around Kent, pulling down vines for the local breweries. During the war he was evacuated to Folkestone, where he lived with an Army major and his wife. After the bombs stopped falling, Terry was reunited with the major on a trip down memory lane which resulted in his ownership of two pigs. This quickly turned into a smallholding two thousand pigs. (Promise we’re not telling porkies.) Learning the trade: At 17, Terry got a job at Smithfield Meat Market, where he learnt his trade in all aspects of butchery. But after a long career in the market, he decided it was time for a change of direction in order to spend some time with his young family. In 1982 he opened what is now known as Terry’s Cafe. With his extensive product knowledge, cooking and butchering skills, he produced wonderful home-cooked food using the resources from Smithfield and Borough markets nearby. South London ambassador: During his life, Terry was an ambassador for the local community. He passed on his values and experience to his son, Austin, who was named after Austin’s of Peckham, a former antiques shop on Rye Lane. Terry even got a discount on antiques for promoting the name. Austin has worked in Terry’s since becoming a Saturday boy at the age of 14. Now in his thirties, he plans to move forward with his dad’s winning formula and continue to promote traditional values and British culture in a positive fashion. Terry’s Tea Drink tea for Victory -World peace & positivity Have you seen the news lately? It seems like every day there’s another war, scandal or natural disaster. Just thinking about it would make your head spin. While you’re at Terry’s, we’d like to encourage you to pause for thought and meditate over a cup of your favourite brew. It’ll help you put things in perspective and appreciate the wonderful world we live in. The only London caff with it's own blend of tea. London’s noted cup of tea was the result of a research trip to Sri Lanka and India that was more about self-discovery than tea discovery. But the people at Terry’s are no stranger to a decent cup of tea. The distinctive flavour and soothing effect of these teas were hard to ignore. And soon they were on a boat to London to be sold exclusively at Terry’s. Terry's Tea : London's noted cup of tea since 1982 , pure unblended , fully traceable ceylon tea , available in store and on the Terry's cafe website . Available in English Breakfast (Cylon Black ) . Earl Grey . Green tea & Jasmine . Chamomile .London's morning pride coming soon . SUMMER NOTICE :Please note we will be closed on Saturdays for the the month of August only . Return to a normal work Schedule in September
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