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Terry's Cafe

158 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 1PE, England
+44 20 7407 9358
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  • Excellent84%
  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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7:00 AM - 2:00 PMAll hours
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly
158 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 1PE, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very good a big breakfast (normally big and good is not common in London) the price is very reasonable... you feel like very UK place.... is a ver small place so be patient you might need to queue!

Thank Charles V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner looked online for good breakfast places around where we were staying (CitizenM Bankside) and found this 8 minute walk of a gem. After contemplating between the "Blowout" and the "Works" he chose the latter and was not disappointed. You can see the pictures...More

Thank Wangenator
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first place my wife and I stopped in London. There is a sign that says the wait will be 20/25 minutes, and it was spot on. I got the blowout and my wife got the horny burger. We both enjoyed each dish...More

Thank Arthur C
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Just what you want from a cafe - vibrant atmosphere, great menu of affordable British food served by happy, helpful staff. Forget your chains - this is the real deal. Will miss a lot when I return north.

Thank Giles W
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Was certainly worth the walk from my hotel near Waterloo station. Had one of the best 'Full English' breakfasts ever. Friendly service and really good coffee, too.

Thank DerCardinal_am_Platz
Reviewed 1 November 2017

Absolutely wonderful little gem i borough! Splendid food, wonderful staff, and interiour design to die for!

Thank keffigt
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Wonderful venue, friendly and really helpful staff with one of the best breakfasts I have ever had. Do yourself a favour and go, plus they do bottomless tea.

Thank Ralph D
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Nipped around the corner and discovered the best kept secret in London. Excellent food and value for $$$. Hubby revisited several times over the course of his stay.

Thank 64KLC
Reviewed 6 October 2017

We went here for breakfast when staying at Southwark travel lodge. It’s an interesting place with indoor and outdoor seating and lots of photos and memorabilia about the place. The red gingham check table clothes and old furniture had a genuine feel rather than the...More

Thank Mplipm
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This is an amazing café with tremendous South East London atmosphere. Great breakfast cooked just right and good ingredients. Doorstep toast was amazing. Staff were friendly. It's only a small café so can be a bit cramped which adds to the atmosphere. It gets really...More

Thank Chocdog2012
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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
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Average prices
US$6 - 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
Child-friendly, Kids, 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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