We opted not to have the breakfast at our London hotel. We wanted to eat elsewhere and it is all too easy to pop into a Starbucks, a Café Nero etc, which can be found along streets in many cities around the world, all offering the same non-local experience, but we prefer a local experience. So on the second morning we went in search of the Shepherdess Café down City Road, not too far from our hotel.
I had researched greasy spoons before heading towards London and the Shepherdess Café was what we were looking for. Our hotel was on City Road also and as we strolled along it was already turning into a freakish hot day for late September.
The café was easy to find and its coolness compared to the heat outside was welcomed. We sat down and a waitress came and asked us what we wanted to drink, which on this occasion was tea. In the meantime we browsed the menu, which was fairly comprehensive. We are vegetarians, so full English breakfasts were not for us, so instead we ordered the mushrooms on toast, with an extra slice of toast each when she returned with the mugs of tea.
The breakfast arrived quickly and they also kindly gave us a small portion of chips each, which complimented the delicious breakfast. The café was a relaxed environment and we chatted whilst enjoying the breakfast. When I visited the counter to pay on leaving, I couldn’t help but see the row of photographs of British celebrities who have visited lining the wall.
The cost of breakfast was cheaper than our hotel’s and soon we were back out in the sun heading onto our next destination. The nearest tube station being ‘Old Street’ not too far away.
We were very glad we took the time to visit the Shepherdess Café.