Friday 25 April 2008

The Conduit Coffee House, Lambs Conduit Street, central London

A deceptively-named greasy spoon cafe with a clutch of metallic tables on the pavement of this pleasant semi-pedestrianised street distinguished by its independent, upmarket shops. The cramped interior of the Coffee House is frequented by workmen and smells of English breakfasts. On the walls are signed photos of Gary Lineker, Paul McCartney and other celebs. The large menu has a broad selection of sandwiches and traditional hot dishes, such as Shepherd's Pie or Spaghetti Bolognese. The steak kidney pie (£4.70), which comes with a trio of crispy roast potatoes, is okay, but the accompanying mountain of carrots, sweetcorn and peas can be well over-cooked and very unappealing. Moreover, the banana milkshake (£1.10) is thin and watery. You get what you pay for. 5/10