Speedy’s Café – restaurant review

August 10, 2013, Article by Tom in Food, Restaurant reviews

Firstly, let’s get the thing that’s bugging you out of the way. Yes, that’s the café Benedict Cumberbatch lives above in Sherlock.

Thankfully, apart from a few photos on the wall and the odd fan taking photos outside, the Sherlock link isn’t played on too heavily. There’s no “Mycroft Sundae” or “Tuna and Cu-Cumberbatch sandwich” to be found here.

We were greeted by a chirpy waitress who told us the wait would be a few minutes for a table to be cleared. After only 2 minutes (speedy) we were ushered inside to the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Following a quick browse of the menu (standard café fare, but with the surprise inclusion of calamari), our order was taken.

The drinks appeared within seconds, but we were made to drink from cans as no glasses were provided. Not a problem for us, but I feel the older generation would expect a tumbler to sip from. The food arrived not long after. Ben gobbled his omelette, Tom murdered his beans & cheese jacket potato, Richard throttled his mushroom omelette and I devoured my deluxe chicken fillet burger.

Holmes and Watson, the budget version

We were all pleasantly satisfied with our hearty meals. My only gripe was the fillet in my burger was around 4mm thick, when ideally you’d be after a good 1cm thickness in your fillet.  That aside, it was a tasty dish.

Questionable burger thickness

As we paid our bill we got a proper look at the takeaway sandwich fillings on offer, and by the looks of the selection behind the glass there’s really something for everyone here.

We left with a glow in our bellys, a spring in our step and our wallets £5.90 (on average) lighter. You will see us again soon Speedy’s. No sh*t Sherlock.



Rating: 7.5 / 10

Highlights: Glamorous location, chirpy staff, minimal Sherlock-related tat

Price: Food: £3.50 to £5, Carbonated soft drink: <£1, Total: £5.90 (approx)

Quick Review: Should you go? It’s elementary, my dear Watson (sorry).


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