Moving swiftly up to capture the accolade of being my favourite traditional cafe in Brixton is the wonderful Sam’s Cafe in Acre Lane, Brixton.
Previously located further up the road (next to the now demolished Duke of Wellington pub), the cafe has shimmied several hundred metres closer to centre of Brixton.
Sam’s cafe is bright and clean and – thankfully – there’s no blaring large screen TV to disturb your eating experience, while the staff are friendly and attentive. Service is fast and unfussy too.
It’s never been that busy when we’ve visited, but the clientele is usually made up of nearby workers and regulars with the odd local eccentric thrown in.
Of course, the real star of the show at Sam’s Cafe is the food. The cheese omelette was one of the best I’ve ever eaten in Brixton, and the portions were nothing short of massive.
Unless you’re feeling monstrously ravenous, some of their plates can easily be enough for two to share.
We paid around £6 for a cheese omelette with chip and beans (which we shared), two rounds of toast and two teas, and waddled out of the cafe feeling stuffed.
It is fabulous, remarkable value.
Sam’s Cafe can be found at 85, Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2, a few doors up from Lidl. [Google maps]
They’re open Mon to Saturdays from 6am.
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