We're pleased to announce the results of our quest to find the Best Builders’ Breakfast in Britain. This prestigious national title has gone to the Shepherdess café in City Road, London, which is much-loved by tradesmen of all kinds, as well as by doctors and nurses at nearby Moorfields Eye Hospital.
After quizzing the thousands of plumbers, electricians, builders, roofers, decorators and other tradesmen who use MyBuilder, we whittled down nearly a hundred recommendations to a shortlist before staff and trusted tradesmen across the UK judged and voted on a winner. The breakfast at the Shepherdess café in London EC1 fought off tough (and tasty) competition from other builders’ favourites in Bolton, County Durham, St Leonard’s-on-Sea and south London to claim the prize.
Plastic sauce bottles and painted-on check curtains mark the Shepherdess out as being very much in the mould of the great British greasy spoon and its popularity with tradesmen is signified by the number of white vans you can see parked nearby on any given day. But the hearty, inexpensive fare on offer is a good cut above what you expect from the average neighbourhood café, with the newly award-winning breakfasts having attracted celebrity diners from Tom Jones to Jamie Oliver.
“One of the best things about the Shepherdess is the welcome when you walk through the door,” says MyBuilder founder Ryan Notz, who started the website while working as a stonemason in Bristol. “It definitely serves plenty of tradesmen, but you won't feel out of place if you are a banker or a Shoreditch hipster. The food is excellent and the fried slice is the best I've had.”
“To win this award is great news and an honour,” says Shepherdess proprietor Nick Menagatos. “We have been here for 30 years and it is very nice to be recognised for our food.”
“It is one I love going to and all the food is always fantastic,” says MyBuilder tradesman Paul Southward of Expert Electrician, who nominated the café. “There is a great atmosphere at the Shepherdess and they do the best breakfast by far.” Paul will received a free breakfast for four at the Shepherdess, as well as one year of free membership at MyBuilder.com
Our four runners up: Popular with tradesmen, but pipped at the post.
Izabela`s at Vanilla Red, Deansgate, Bolton.
Regency Café, Regency Street, London SW1.
Café 17, Bexhill Road, St Leonards-On-Sea, East Sussex.
Faces Café, Conyers Terrace, FerryHill, County Durham.