Supplies Are Restricted
Supplies Are Restricted
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For the cheapest cup of tea in the city, just head a little further down Victoria Road from the previous photo to the Bungalow Cafe. It’s a great little greasy spoon spot if you’re looking for a simple breakfast; and at last check, a good cup of tea in a real cup can be had for only 40p – and as the tea-foisting housekeeper Mrs. Doyle from Father Ted would say, “Go on, go on, go on…”


It’s been owned by Italian immigrant George Verrecchia since 1948, and now run by his daughters Nicola and Paula – both of whom have more than just a little bit of the Mrs. Doyle persona about them. In a street of flux, the Bungalow Cafe has remained a constant – largely unchanged since the 1940s, with an original Cadbury’s advert in the window apologizing for the rationing of milk, cocoa and sugar…which just might come in useful again when Brexit reality begins to kick in!


Inside, as you pass the wooden shelves behind the glass counter where there’s a wonderful array of old-fashioned sweeties displayed in glass jars, there’s a large Coca-Cola Bakelite radio in livery red with nobs to find a station, and also old-fashioned wooden booths with yellow Formica tables, all giving a surreal sense that perhaps time really did stand still here.


Just remember to bring cash, as – surprise surprise – they don’t take cards!


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  • I'm confused. Is it called the Bungalow Cafe or is it near the Bungalow Cafe. Is it Cafe Bungalow in Mother India? How many Bungalow Cafe's are there? I live in a bungalow so I'm equipped to identify its architecture, or is the Bungalow part just a name? Please help!

    • It's called "The Bungalow Cafe" - and since it's been in operation since 1948 in the same place with the same name, I think we can assume it has nothing to do with Mother India! The Bungalow is just part of the name - and nothing to do with the architecture, as there's tenements on top of it!

      • I'm taking a wild stab here that it might perhaps be named after the local nearby area of Strathbungo - but just ask the owners next time you are passing.

  • Wonderful..My kind of place
    Good ol' mom & pop shop !!

    Sweeeet, a real cup 40p ... unheard of today

  • They would have me at bacon.

  • My parents used to take me to the Bungalow Cafe when I was a nipper. Ice cream, or perhaps hot peas in winter. Coke out of a proper old coke bottle with a straw. As a treat a ride home on the trolleybus.

    The Bungalow is one of the few remnants of old Victoria Road, along with a couple of the pubs, the Queen's Cafe, the banks and the school outfitters.

    There's two signs on the front of the Bungalow. The lower one, just above the window, is obviously the original sign and is now very faded. It seems to depict a motor car passing a bungalow so maybe that helps to explain the origin of the name. After all didn't everyone aspire to a suburban bungalow in the 1940's? Another possible explanation is that there used to be a showroom bungalow at nearby Eglinton Toll, on the site of what is now a filling station.