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E Pellicci: E Pellicci - historic cafe in Bethnal Green
After a few years on the wish list, we finally made it to E Pellicci. This small East End café is not your average greasy spoon - it dates back to 1900 and has been owned and staffed by the same family since it opened - Dad is on the coffee machine, Mum is in the kitchen, and the kids and cousins help with everything else. It has a stunning art-deco interior with wood-panelled walls which date back to 1946, and is now Grade II listed.
When we arrived at around 9am for breakfast, the café was filled with regulars having giant plates of food and constant tea top-ups. As they ate they bantered with the staff and discussed which horses to back that day. We were given a very friendly welcome and chatted with the waiter about our plans for the day.
Favorite Dish: Breakfast arrived quickly - a large plate filled with bacon, eggs, beans and chips (is it wrong to love chips for breakfast!?). The tea was automatically served nice and strong, with milk, just the way I like it, though the coffee was very ordinary.
What a great place - a snippet of history that will hopefully survive for another century or more, and cheap too. Only £5 per head for a meal that kept me full all day - bargain!
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