Marylebone Lane has a lovely, independent feel with cute shops like the Button Queen, VV Rouleaux and Paul Roth & Son (since 1900) which stands slap-bang in the middle of this quiet street. Its old-school exterior with blackboard specials is instantly inviting if a cup of hot sweet tea or doorstep bacon sandwich is on the agenda.
Here at Reiss HQ we love a good lunch spot, and being right in the centre of town we're spoilt for choice. However, there is one particular place, tucked away on Marylebone Lane which we have a bit of a soft spot for. So much so, we used it as a cafe setting for our first London Lives shoot with Marie Dessuant. Here's why we love Paul Rothe & Son.
Once inside, take a seat at one of the orignal Sixties canteen tables with flip down chairs and relax. If you visit on a busy lunchtime, there's plenty of hustle bustle going on, with a constant stream of lunchers at the deli counter ordering takeaways and gossipers huddled around comforting jacket potatoes and toasted sandwiches at the neighbouring tables.
Not just a cafe, Paul Rothe & Son is an extensive delicatessen and has the most incredible range of jams, preserves and relishes found in retro wicker baskets or lining the shelves of the entire room. We defy you not to fail to find your favourite among the many on offer.
The deli counter is manned by friendly, welcoming staff (including the grandson and great grandson of the orginal Paul Rothe), wearing professional shopkeeping white coats, adding to the overall retro feel of this wonderful little place.