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The Royal Quarter Cafe is a relaxed venue offering a variety of meals, light bites and homemade breads and pastries. Teapigs tea and Illy coffee is available.

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Opening Hours
Mon-Sat 07:30-22:00
Sun 08:00-18:00

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By Valerie G.

Took our two grandchildren to Buckingham palace, called in for brunch at 10.50.Ordered English breakfast.Waited 50minutes,nearly gave up as we had to be at palace by 12.15.When it arrived eggs overcooked, lovely sausage and bacon,no mushrooms at all that were on menu.Certainly not worth £12.95.Also drinks very expensive,£2.75 for glass of Coke ,£4 for glass of juice.Staff very pleasant.Place was nearly empty so what took so long? Another customer wanted to order a coffee to drink in, but eventually gave up and asked for take out as she had run out of time and hadn't even ordered yet.Lovely surroundings but if service is this bad when nearly empty dread to think what it is like when busy.Very disappointed.

By Laura R.

The Royal Quarter Café earns its regal name from its proximity to Buckingham Palace, making it an ideal spot for tourist breakfasts, long lunches and coffee stopoffs. Yet thankfully, those tourist prices are absent on a menu of fine fresh foods.

The Venue
Sister to the Chelsea Quarter Café, the River Quarter Kitchen and the Heal’s Quarter Café, this all-day venue brings the chic and sleek brand to the tourist quarter. Just a minute’s walk from Buckingham Palace and over the road from Crowne Plaza and Taj hotels, there’s a certain inevitability to Royal Quarter Café becoming a tourist trap, especially since it stands out so nicely on a street steeped in history, with its modern gloss beaming out through its floor-to-ceiling glass exterior. It’s pretty understated inside – well, apart from the café’s name in bold, red neon signage on the wall – with pine and dark oak furnishings, scoop-back leather chairs and a large deli counter full of glorious salads and snacks inside and topped with some attractive-looking meats and treats. Little plant pots decorate each table and bookshelves hold more flora as well as random picture frames displaying black and white photos of attractive young folk. With Victoria going through such pains to redevelop, the Royal Quarter Café sets the agenda nicely for any other competition looking to set up shop in the fast-evolving neighbourhood.

The Atmosphere
Since the Quarter Group was founded by a husband and wife team, there’s a real sense of family at their café’s and kitchens, and the Royal Quarter is no exception. The café invites locals in every evening from 6pm for complimentary nibbles and a chance to get to know the neighbourhood. However, the location aids itself more to tourist trade, and so expect breakfast, elevenses and lunchtime rushes when hotel guests from over the road or those venturing to nearby Buckingham Palace drop in to refuel. Staff are dressed in smart red pinnies over black uniforms and are accommodating although perhaps a little overformal for such a relaxed, all-day setting.

The Food
Breakfasts suit the hotel guests and early bird tourists in the area and the café picks up a mean pace by 10am thanks to healthy, hearty options across the board. The Quarter Group ethos seems to focus around fresh and flavoursome food from carefully sourced origins. That’s how they’re able to boast about eggs with some of the most yellow yokes around, all from corn-fed, free range chickens. Homemade pastries are also a string to their bow, and sit tantalisingly on display.

Breakfast sets you up pretty damn well for the day – a bowl of fruit salad with Greek yoghurt and honey (£7.95) is an absolute beast of a portion, with fresh, exotic fruit mounded high. For a slightly more indulgent start to the day, French toast (£6.95) is the way to go. Two big slices of toasted brioche are dusted finely with icing sugar and carry a light vanilla flavour, which blends perfectly with a small splay of poached pear slivers on the side – a few more wouldn’t go amiss – as well as a mixed berry compote and nicely sour crème fraiche. And cooked breakfast options such as a Cumberland sausage sandwich (£5.95) and a Full Monty breakfast (£7.95) are so reasonably priced when considering Buckingham Palace is on the doorstep.

Lunches and larger options are also for a bargain buck, with sandwiches starting at £3.95 for a humble cheddar and tomato relish baguette. Tapas-style sharing plates are in keeping with the contemporary café feel, and top picks include a fennel and pine nut corn-fed chicken dish (£7.95) and chargrilled artichoke with broccoli and green beans (£8.95).

The Drink
Come to the Royal Quarter Café for afternoon tea for the full tourist treatment. At £16 you can enjoy a pot of tea with cakes, sandwiches and of course the obligatory scones. Tea comes from Teapigs and coffee is from Illy, so caffeine addicts are well catered for. And a range of freshly squeezed juices fit in with the wholesome persona at the Royal Quarter Café, with the likes of carrot, beetroot, celery and ginger (£4.95) for superfood fans, or a more straightforward orange and mango (£4.95) also available.

The Last Word
Get royally set up for the day by stopping in for fresh, fulfilling breakfast just moments from Buckingham Palace. Just bear in mind that the Royal Quarter Café is bound to be a tourist trap once word gets out.

By Jon H.

Very disappointing. Lovely building and decor, completely let down by chaotic staff and poor service. Ordered two sandwiches, one was tainted with the sauce from the other. ordered a smoothie, it was warm, And the service was so slow. Even when requesting the bill. Maybe they think the location means they don't have to try? Two ladies sitting next to us ordered two sandwiches, one was served and she had time to finish it before her friend even saw her sandwich. Just appalling.

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