Food review: Plaistow Cafe, 163 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, London

Plaistow cafe London

Eat like an Eastender

It’s not all fancy food here at Foodie Towers, we like to find a good local cafe on our travels and here is one.

Thanks to AirBnB and the rise of rented home accommodation we were staying in a house in Plaistow (pronounced Plas-toe) for the simple reason that we could get 4 night’s accommodation for the price of 1 night in the city centre. Ian Dury fans should be familiar with the song “Plaistow Patricia” but until we planned this trip we had no knowledge of Plaistow, which we now know is 10 miles east and 30 – 40 minutes by public transport from the centre of London. Plaistow tube station is on the District (green) and Hammersmith & City (purple) lines.

Plaistow cafe London

The Plaistow cafe looks like it wouldn’t be out-of-place in Eastenders (well, it is in the east end of London!) and once you get inside, it sounds like it as well with locals popping in to catch up with gossip over a cuppa.

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Plaistow cafe London

A range of breakfasts are on offer plus burgers, sandwiches and baked potatoes.  As it was a Sunday when we visited, a special of roast lamb, roast potatoes and vegetables was on special for £5.20.

Plaistow cafe London


Mr Foodie picked the East Ender breakfast (obviously!). As you can see you get fried egg, bacon, sausage, beans and bubble & squeak with toast (or buttered bread) and tea or coffee.

Plaistow cafe London

The bubble was overcooked and the cabbage had a strong flavour so erm, flatulence warning!

The bacon was burnt too but still tasty with beans, egg and sausage, buttery toast and a mug of builders tea.

I had sausage, egg, chips and beans with a side of bread and butter and a mug of tea.  Perfect fried egg for chip or bread and butter dipping.  It was a big portion as well so I struggled with it.

Plaistow cafe London

It’s not haute cuisine, it’s a greasy spoon breakfast but it did the job.  A good portion, strong tea and quick, friendly service.

Plaistow cafe London

Plaistow cafe London Inside


Plaistow cafe London


+ Quick and friendly service
+ Filling portions
+ Good prices for London

– Over-cooked items


Plaistow Cafe, 163 High Street, Plaistow, London

Plaistow Cafe


Plaistow Tube – District line, Hammersmith & City line.

Bus: 69, 241, 262, 473




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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