4556 10th Avenue West, Vancouver, BC, V6R 2J1
Enjoy an authentic British experience, complete with mushy peas and fried bread, at this old-fashioned diner.
|Cuisine Type |||Diner|
|Ambiance |||Offbeat, Senior Appeal, Casual, Theme Restaurant|
|Meals Served |||Bit O' Everything|
|Amenities |||Local Favorites|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Payment |||MasterCard, Visa, Cash|
|Getting There |||Bus 004, 009, 099|
|Cross Street |||Tolmie Street|
|Mon-Sat: 10AM-7PM; Sun: 11:30AM-6:30PM|
Profile Last Updated: January 06, 2009
Even if you’re not a fan of British fare, The Diner is worth a visit to enjoy a spot of tea and the kischty decor. The restaurant opened in 1958, so the owners (always the same family) have had plenty of time to collect all sorts of treasures and trinkets. There’s British memoribila galore, include street signs, mini red phonebooths, a British Railways clock, and china sporting photos of royalty. One wall gets a break from the signage, maps and flags with a mural of the English countryside. Guests sit on old-fashioned blue diner benches and can pick up a trashy British tabloid or book about the monarchy to complete the experience.
Classic British Fare
The menu at the Diner boasts all the classic British fare. You can start your day with the full English breakfast, which includes fried tomatoes, baked beans and fried bread. Breakfast is served all day and other tasty U.K. favourites include corned beef hash with eggs, bangers and mash, and jelly omelets. At lunchtime, fans flock to the eatery for steak and kidney pies with fries and mushy peas. Always popular are the generous portions of ye old English fish and chips — you can choose from halibut, cod, haddock or sole served with lemon dip. The restaurant closes by 7 p.m., but if you can make it in for an early dinner you can indulge in a Salisbury steak, grilled pork chops or half a roast chicken. All the meals are easy on the pocketbook, but not on the waistline!
Hostess with the Mostess
One of the best parts of visiting the Diner is chatting with hostess with the mostess and owner Stella Shurety. She makes the best Earl Grey tea in town and will ask you if you’d like a crumpet to go along with it. And yes, she makes those, too. Stella has that sarcastic British humour down pat, but she’s a real sweetheart and loves talking about the good old days in the classy London Borough of Islington. She is continuously welcoming regulars, who are surely coming back not only for the fish ’n’ chips, but also a taste of British charm.