There’s not often an opportunity to comment on the “Full English” but hope these notes might be of some use to anyone visiting Kew or, perhaps staying in the nearby Travelodge and needing an alternative to its very, very dismal offerings.
Leaving Kew Bridge Railway Station in the direction of the Gardens will bring you to the Strand Café on the approach to the Bridge. Two slices of bacon, fried egg, mushrooms, toast, coffee and a bottle of orange juice - about £5.50. Another morning brought a good bacon sandwich – doorsteps of bloomer bread – none of your cheap white sliced. Nicely cooked; friendly & chatty owner.
Turning left from the Station and crossing the road is the Bridge Café. A more traditional greasy spoon – wooden bench seating, etc. The “Full Monty” at £4.95 brings you a slice each of bacon, black pudding & white pudding, a sausage, beans, mushrooms, tomato, fried bread, fried egg, bubble & squeak, toast and coffee. Food came quickly and quality was fine for a caff. Go with a huge appetite to do justice to this Mother of All Breakfasts.
You wouldn’t expect to find the finest quality ingredients at these prices. But both are pretty good. I’ve eaten much worse – often. Coffee, as usual in greasy spoons, was disappointingly thin and weedy on flavour – even for instant.