Station Pantry, RM14 2SU
- 01708 608812
- 61 Station Road, RM14 2SU
- Mon: closed; Tue-Wed: 7:30am-9pm; Thu-Fri: 7:30am-10pm; Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 10am-10pm
It's quite small, seating just 34 people plus 8 more on high stools near the front and, in good weather, a few more on the forecourt outside. Entry is into a reasonably spacious area with a counter to one side displaying cakes under glass domes. The floor is bare boards, the walls are dark grey, and the tabletops are inch-thick real wood. Murals painted on the walls depict Upminster in its steam train days.
Kake visited on a Friday lunchtime in November 2017. There were a fair few people in when I arrived around 1:30pm, but still a choice of free tables. Music was playing, not too loud, and there was also a pleasant buzz of conversation.
I went for the brie and onion chutney sandwich on brown bread (£4.25 including crisps and side salad) photo. The brie was mild and creamy, with no chalkiness. The onion chutney was fine, not too sweet. The bread was OK but nothing special. The side salad had flavourful cherry tomatoes (a nice surprise at this time of year), and thin-sliced cucumber showed good knifework. The dressing was bottled, but decent quality, and the crisps were also decent quality.
Service wasn't very quick, but was friendly and welcoming.
Child-friendliness: They have at least two highchairs, the type with no tray and very little back support.
Accessibility: A step to get in. No further steps to the toilets, but access is a bit narrow.