Watlings Snack Bar, Watling Street, City of London

First visited: 8th April 2011

Interior: Watlings has much charm. Bigger than your average snack bar, what could have been a featureless back room with standard metal tables and chairs, is given warmth and atmosphere by a green and yellow paint scheme and potted flowers. The young women serving managed to be both efficient and friendly and were happy to take orders at the front or from the table (rather than, as some places do, leaving you guessing until you’ve waited for 10 minutes without being served).

Food: This is a proper city sandwich bar with a big range of fillings, as well as hot food. I had a jacket with cheese and coleslaw and it was extremely nice by caff standards – decent skin, no ‘microwave’ taste, loads of melted cheese and coleslaw that was so fresh tasting I had to wonder if they actually made it themselves rather than scooping it out of one of those factory-issued chemical tubs. Tea was in a big mug and so strong I detected the presence of an urn. All in all, a hit.

Only problem is, the chances of my being here again during opening hours (Monday to Friday, breakfast and lunch) are slim indeed. But I hope you can use the recommendation.


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