Maylands Café


If you find yourself after a spot of grub in or near Hemel Hempstead (I often drop in when passing on the M1 – it is only five minutes detour) then the only place to go is the Maylands Café (1 Maylands Avenue). The picture here shows the staff being awarded a cheque for best Builder’s Breakfast earlier in 2011 – I have been visiting here for five or six years and have never had a bad cup of tea or a meal I didn’t like.

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Ryka’s Café – Boxhill A24 near Dorking


Tucked away in a car park / picnic area between the M25 and Dorking on the A24 Ryka’s café is a decent place to break a journey and grab something to eat. It reminded me a bit of Ockham Bites (see here) but I prefer this to that, though obviously it all depends on where you are travelling. It is also very popular with bikers and has lots of posters to that effect.

A more detailed review follows…

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Castle Sandwich Bar, 54 Paul St EC2A 4LN


Summary

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.

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Ockham Bites


Summary

A decent and somewhat surprising place to stop off on the A3 Southbound from the M25. This is the first 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.

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In praise of the Greasy Spoon


Breakfast anyone?

There are those amongst us that love the greasy spoon, and if that is you then you will have a favourite or two of your own. Be it the Maylands Café in Hemel Hempstead, the Regency Café in Westminster, the Market Diner in Brighton or the place in Bembridge Isle Of Wight on New year’s Day, these are the havens of peace in an otherwise frenetic schedule to which we gravitate time and time again. I particularly like a café inside St James’s Park station for example.

Here are my thoughts as to why…

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Do I look like I like Marmite?


I said Marmalade, thank you

The perils of ordering breakfast

I spend many of my mornings in small cafés (ok greasy spoons) as I like to leave early, miss the commuting crowd and get in early. This still leaves me time for a spot of breakfast. My needs are generally simple – a decent cup of tea (essential) and often some toast and marmalade. So why do I keep nearly getting Marmite?

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