Castle Sandwich Bar, 54 Paul St EC2A 4LN


A highly un-reconstructed breakfast / lunch stop dating from 1970 somewhere off the beaten track between Old Street and Barbican. This is another in a random series of reviews of cafés which the regular reader will be aware are something of a favourite of mine, for example in this posting in praise of the greasy spoon.


This part of London seems to be slowly move away from how it must have been when this place opened in 1970 into an area of flats / art galleries and still many odd named slightly narrow streets with cleaned up but still anonymous buildings.

Inside the place is much as it must have been when opened; a breakfast bar around three walls, a counter and a cooking area at back. Boxes of sweets and the normal mix of cakes behind glass and a conventional breakfast menu. All well priced and tea comes at the right strength. Sitting is a slightly cramped affair but comfortable enough. No distractions such as radios mean that you could entirely fail to even identify the current decade once inside.

Last Thoughts

Fair less impersonal than the mass produced sandwich / breakfast choices nearer the main road the fact that this has survived what must have been a very thin period post the 1980s (except maybe for all the local building work) makes me believe that this could carry on forever. Sadly like all these places it is not certain that this will be the case.


About Tony Jones
Big Finish writer, reviewer and blogger, I'm interested in science fiction and Doctor Who. I review for CultBox, The Doctor Who Companion and others. I am also Lead Writer for Starburst Magazine, and write the occasional piece for Vortex, the BSFA critical magazine.

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