Regency Cafe is the closest eatery to my flat here in Westminster, and boy, is it a charmer. The greasy spoon (a quaint term the locals use here) takes you into a different era. And it’s easy to understand why films like Layer Cake have used the cafe as a location. As a neighbour, I can attest that this place has queues at all corners of the morning, including mine on this weekend day. It moves quick enough so be sure you have you order all worked out when you get to the front. The serving lady does not take any prisoners – and wow, has a jaw-dropping booming voice you won’t miss. I had the set breakfast deal with substitution of hash browns and black pudding (£6ish). Coffee was awful but the plate is complete glory. There’s well-cooked bacon, plentiful, crisp hash browns and plenty o’ bread to assemble a makeshift sandwich with. I’ve dined around a bit now to know a good piece of bacon when I see one. At under £7 this is one piece of history worth travelling back in time for.
My love of black pudding is recent, and has only progressed from an earlier curiosity. It’s a bloody (geddit?) good bite. At Regency Cafe the pudding is deep fried, as is the hash browns. All the food does come quick, and with such a loud notifications, it’s hard to miss. I can’t comment too much on the coffee, other than it tasted like brown water, so I’ll go for the orange juice on my repeat visit. If you want the full greasy spoon experience you should dive in for the baked beans and fries (at this hour?!) too. Good luck finishing.