Local food and drink

While our café remains temporarily closed you can still find an excellent variety of food and drink within walking distance of The Postal Museum to suite all kinds of lunchtime and dinner cravings. Below you’ll find a guide to local hot spots to grab a bite while you’re in the area, whether it’s something quick on the go or a sit-down feast.

Exmouth Market

5 -10 minute walk


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With a wide range if stalls during weekdays at lunch time, Exmouth Market is a great place to find street food. Stalls include an Indian mixed box filled with samosa, dal and chutneys, risotto and a stall from the acclaimed Moro (on the same street), where you can sample their Moorish flavours in a flatbread, hummus, couscous and slaw filled box.

Price range: £5 – £9
Open: Mon – Fri 12.00 – 14.00

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You can also find several restaurants and cafes doing takeaway, eat in options and outdoor seating including a Veggie Pret, Gails café and the following:

Pizza Pilgrims


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Serving slow proved Neapolitan pizza made fresh daily, including everything from the Margherita, Peperoni to 8-cheese and nduja which are recipes they developed after a pilgrimage the owners took around Italy. Kids menu also available.

Price range: £7 – £12

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Deli café serving soups, sandwiches and pick and mix lunch boxes as well as spinach and feta pie, and coffee served in the Greek Briki pots.

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The Eagle


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The very first gastro pub established in 1991. The grill chef chalks up a menu twice a day five minutes before service which is described as “On holiday all around the Mediterranean”. One thing that never leaves the menu is the steak sandwich which has been described as “legendary”.

Price range: Steak Sandwich £14, Mains £11- £22

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Quality Chop Restaurant, Shop and Wines


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British menu served in Grade II-listed dining room. Try their set lunch if you’re looking for a real treat or head next door to their deli where you order a from a changing menu of bursting sandwiches and baked good. Quality wines also offers changing a small plates menu.

Price range: Weekday Set Lunch from £25, Sunday Roast £35, Sandwiches £7.

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Grays Inn Road

5 minutes walk

The busy road is a great stopping off point if you’re on the way to Chancery Lane or fancy the walk to Covent Garden.

Andrews Café

Find massive portions at this all-day greasy spoon café serving the usual suspects including an almost never-ending list of breakfast option, baked potatoes and sandwiches.

Set breakfast from £5.50

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Banh Mi Bay (just off Gray’s Inn Road)

Serving a selection of Vietnamese street food and their namesake Banh Mi are baguettes filled with pickled veg, fresh salad, herbs and meat or tofu.

Baguettes from £7, Noodle Soup from £10

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Lambs Conduit Street

10 minute walk

In the other direction toward Charles Dickens Museum and The Foundling Museum is another equally charming street full of independent shops and great food and drink. A bit further west you can also find the Brunswick shopping centre which is home to a number restaurants including a Leon, Carluccio’s and Slim Chickens.

Redemption roasters


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As well as serving espresso-based and filter coffee, cakes, and a full brunch menu they also are the world’s first behind bars coffee company. Their coffee roastery is located just inside the walls of HMP the Mount with a network of barista academies within prisons across the country.

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Knockbox Coffee

Tiny corner café selling excellent coffee and variety of rather large sourdough cheese toasties and pastries.

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Ciao Bella

An unfussy and lively Italian with large portions. You’ll find photos signed by celebs who’ve visited on the wall and diners tucking into pasta served piping hot in a paper bag.

Pasta from £9.50, mains from £13

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La Fromagerie


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One of the finest cheese wholesalers turned restaurant offering deli takeaways and dine in menu include duck cassoulet, a selection of fondue and cheese boards to please any fromage fanatic.

Fodue and Raclette from £13.50, small cheese board £9.25

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Nobel Rot


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Known for their wine menu and excellent set lunch of “Franglaise” style cooking they also produce a wine magazine and won wine list award at the World Restaurant Awards 2019.

Set lunch from £18

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Published October 2020. For most up-to-date opening times, reservations and prices see individual websites. The Postal Museum does not receive any commision for linking to external sites.