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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 good11%
  • Average1%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly
158 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 1PE, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our first stop in London turned out to be a corky place that serves an excellent breakfast for 10 pounds. Awesome!

Reviewed 5 days ago

Tend to go in here before away games at Millwall ,or just whenever im over SE and fancy / have time for a bit of decent nosebag . Excellent breakfast as ever , best sausage ever from a cafe . Trust me , ive done...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good filling food and coffee but touchy and service can be quite rude. If you need a big breakfast it's a good place to come to but be prepared to wait a while for food and and if you ask for something they missed they...More

Terryscafe, Owner at Terry's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Thanks for your feed back .... We are a friendly cafe generally , if you visited on a Saturday we are very busy , extremely busy even so not always easy to have the time to interact with the customers fully . It's also...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A real British tiny room for breakfast!! So cute , a wide selection of food for breakfast . Huge sandwiches , nice coffee at a lovely ambience.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a brilliant breakfast. It's massive. The staff are brilliant and the cafe has a unique charm of east end London. I won't give away what it is. But go find out for yourself. It's really worth it even for the coffee

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My first visit for years this week. The place is still rammed full, as ever a mixture of knowing locals and baffled tourists. My favourite little table in the window is still as cramped as I remember it. The walls are still crammed full with...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a late night out, and a slow start the next morning, when a friend suggested having a "great big fry up" at his favourite local breakfast place, I winced and said I'd probably just have a coffee while he ate. But as we approached...More

Terryscafe, Owner at Terry's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, Thanks for your kind words, it was truly a pleasure to read. You capture the essence of the shop and put it into words beautifully. I read the review just as I was leaving the shop on a Saturday and it's fair to say...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you want a place where the locals go, this is it. The place is vibrant, humble, the service is excellent and the waiters have a great sense of humour. I had the eggs with aged cheddar on toast and it was the richest and...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

the food is goodish but there is always a prob here ,in a way its understandable because who wants someone sitting on a coffee all day but they should have a minimum price , the bloke behind the counter thinks hes a DB's cockney chappie...More

Terryscafe, Owner at Terry's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, Im not sure what your point is or what you are trying to achieve by posting this negative review .You can criticise the food, the service and the ambience but to criticise and judge the owner for his accent is quite frankly narrow minded,...More

Reviewed 17 June 2017

We went to Terry's Cafe on our last day of a London trip to have a good breakfast before all the traveling. The place is decorated really classy and gives off a british vibe. The service is very kind and quick. The food was awesome...More

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Questions & Answers
Cass A
4 April 2017
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Response from Terryscafe | Property representative
Hi , We accept all major credit cards .... Best wishes, Austin
3 September 2016
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Response from Terryscafe | Property representative
Hi, Sorry , only just seen this message, unfortunately we will be closed for Christmas holiday's. Best wishes, Austin
Alex H
4 August 2015
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Response from Terryscafe | Property representative
Hi Alex, We certainly do , our ploughman's consists of , Ham (off the bone) mature cheddar cheese , chicken , ham & pork pie , salad , served with a selection of pickles/chutneys £8.00 Pairs perfectly with a bottle of... More

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:30 - 12:00
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
  • E-mail
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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