Full English breakfast at E Pellicci

Full English breakfast at E Pellicci

This vintage Art Deco workers' cafe has been serving up breakfasts and Italian classics since 1900. 

A short walk from Bethnal Green station, E. Pellicci is a much loved East End greasy spoon institution, housed in a Grade II-listed building, and is still in the same Tuscan family hands since it first opened. Their menu is broad, spanning pastas and pies, to pancakes and fry-ups.

Their Full English is satisfying and uncomplicated - one fried egg, juicy grilled tomatoes, salty bacon, a generous mound of plump mushrooms, and a slice of fried bread or toast.

Busy is an understatement, expect to share a table. My meal took place amidst the cafe’s characteristic hustle and bustle, as staff expertly manoeuvred amongst chaos and crockery, slipping each group of customers into any available space, and calling out in Italian back-and-forth to the kitchen hatch lodged in the back wall.

Words and photography | Bisi Bajomo

Editor's note: some would argue the basic requirement for a Full English should include beans. Others say it's an optional extra. E. Pellicci are in the second camp, with beans being available to add on (along with many more extras), but they don't come as standard.


32 Bethnal Green Road E2 0AG

Opening hours
Mon - Sat | 7am - 4pm

Tel | +44 (0)20 7739 4873

Last updated | 15th June 2016