The Diner on West 10th is an authentic English-style Diner, complete with kidney pie and and mushy peas. Breakfast is served all day.
This place has the Brit fare I grew up on. Hearty portions, guaranteed to clog the arteries and fill the belly. Try the mixed grill. The restaurant is a clutter of UK souvenirs and pictures of the HRH's, but Stella is a great hostess, chatty but not obtrusive.
Not haut cuisine, but hot, cheap, and very filling. You'll be homesick for blighty even if you've never been east of Winnipeg. Not fancy. Not for dieters. Not IHOP.
I have never attended this place but I have been there. Love the authentic fish and chips and staff. I have not found them to be anything but cordial. Maybe it's an English thing - I'm English so I get it. I don't however go to Chinese places and complain and say there's a problem because I'm not Chinese and don't get it.
I also have written a lot more than one review. Great place.
A perfect joint for all day english breakfasts'. If you want healthy banter, old style cafe with 'royal' memorabilia - THIS is the place you want.
They have a good solid a la carte menu; steak and kidney pies, meat pies, typical fish and chips, sandwiches with real chunky chips!! HP sauce, worchesterchire, and vinegar are all the norm here.
Open at the weekends too, opposite the Safeway on tenth. Closes super early, 7pm.
go just to try it out. quaint and kitsch. a fab way to start the weekend (or recover from it)
I thought I'd try this place out cuz it sounded alright. But nobody warned me about the massive loads of butter they put in everything! I'm so glad I didn't get a table for their Royal Wedding celebration!
The lady owner is extremely nice but I've been to England twice and I've NEVER eaten such greasy food even at a greasy spoon in England. Way too much butter on the bread & eggs. Fried bread is too much and our breakfasts werent piping hot. The bread pudding, although quite authentic & homemade is way too rich. I'm not on a diet & even I felt I gained 2 lbs of fat that I can never get rid of. Sorry, there are better places for British breakfasts that aren't as fattening. Cheshire Cheese Inn on Kerrisdale hasn't disappointed me.
The restaurant does have a lot of British memorabilia, which is nice to look at when you're homesick for England.
Classic English grub - no delicate works of art, no exotic ingredients, no "foreign muck" - what else would you expect?! Stella, you've been at it at least 25 years and you don't look a day older! Will be in for a taste of home again soon.
If you have any English blood in you and you have not been here GO! If you have never been to England, not interested in steak and kidney pies and alike you are not likely going to reminisce about the old country - then try it - you will save money on the flight! The owner "Stella" is fab. Stella by name and Stellar by nature. She does kick up a wicked fish & chips, mixed grill and that lovely greasy "full English breakfast" complete with fried bread mmmmmmmmmmmm.
After having a newspaper review on our fridge for so long for The Diner we finally went. I am a brit by heritage.
Let me start by saying that the man who served us was a true gentleman. So kind and friendly.
However my partners diet coke arrived with lipstick stains on the glass. Then our buns came and both had mold on them.
The fish and chips arrived, they were alright, but nothing special, as this place has been running for 50 years and you think this would be really good.
I was not sure if I was going to write a review as the older gentlemen there were so wonderful I did not want to hurt business. But If I do maybe things will change for the better.
spent Valentines with the wife and 3 other British ladies who happened to be dining out on Valentines by themselves. Stella, the owner, is typical British... and yes, as mentioned in previous other reviews, has that typical British sarcastic humor... however, she is very well loved and is very genuine and warm too.
Wife had the Haddock fish and chips - I had the Valentines day special (Roast Baron of Beef, Yorkshire pudding, with dessert)... and since it was our first experience with British food (outside of pub food), Stella was very patient in our selections. Further, the regular patrons (the British ladies!) were very helpful in teaching us more about English culture... and even suggested to come on special days where Stella does special meals (ie. Robbie Burns Day, St. Patricks Day)... and apparently it's an adventure in itself!
Stella is like your typical "British mum" - she wants to make sure you clean your plate, and at the same time, her British hospitality makes it fun to be dining here. Yes, it makes you think about etiquette in a restaurant... but Stella also makes it a homey place to dine at. Further, after the dinner, as it was Valentines day, she even presented me with a carnation... and even did a little curtsy.
Yes, it's like Sophie's Cosmic Cafe except with all British memorabilia, but it also gives a genuinely different feel that makes it FEEL British. With a bit of imagination, one can feel as if they were in a diner somewhere in the outskirts of London.
The regular patrons have advised to try out the British breakfasts (as advised by Stella and her regular patrons, "after 11:30 - AFTER YOU GO TO CHURCH!") and for the special events that Stella does for Xmas, St Patricks Day and Robbie Burns Day. We definitely will be back, not just or Stella's hospitality, but also for experience regular, home-cooked British food.
We recently attended The Diner on the recommendation of a friend. Upon our arrival we were not impressed upon it's tacky ambience but decided to remain and enjoy a lunch.
They advertised fish & chips (2 piece cod) $12.95. We were interested in a light lunch, so wanted to share the fish & chips, when ordering we were told that ordering 2 half orders would as cheap if not cheaper that the full order, we took her recommendation and ordered the 2 half orders.
The fish was undercooked and the batter was raw (suspect the fish was frozen) on both our orders. We weren't going to complain, just pay and not return. The bill was almost $18.00 and when I questioned the female owner she was snarly about it, she didn't like it when I told her she said it would be as cheap or cheaper than a full order - her words!. She went into the kitchen to confer with her husband and came back with a bill for over $15.00 and snapped is this better!? Still it was more than advertised. Because of her snotty attitude I wasn't letting this one go. Her husband came out this time and to make a long story short .....he barked all you want is a free meal!! Get out! In the end we paid what was advertised. Still a mistake to pay.
great daytime food as they are closed at 6pm,i only go there on mondaqy tuesdsay and wed,after that i am not in the erera,so try those days i know you will find the food better.in the summer you can have your food sreved to you outside if you wish,the staff are very lovely and undrestand your nees.people come from burnaby nortrh van,for a good meal
My friend and I visited this establishment after hearing about it on t.v. We love fish and chips but sadly neither of us enjoyed our first (and last) experience here. The fish was rather dry and tasteless and the batter was extremely greasy, as were the fries. Both of us just nibbled a bit on out food at first but couldn't bring ourselves to finish it, it was so bad. We came in hungry and left hungry !! The waitress was nice enough but didn't refill our waters or ask how everything was, etc. The decor of the place had some pretty cool points to it, like a neat London Bridge display in the window and some British royalty-type pictures on the wall. But other than that, the rest of the place - the tables, etc. was rather ordinary and underwhelming. So because of the poor quality and taste of the food, we don't feel we got good value for our money and the decor alone did not make up for it. Hence our low rating!
Point Grey has a dearth of all-day breakfast restaurants, but The Diner fills in nicely.
This small restaurant in the heart of Point Grey's "downtown" area combines an extremely charming ambiance with great food and good service.
Some may find the odds and ends-heavy decor a tad excessive, but I find that the homey British feel it generates is very welcoming and enjoyable.
Whether you're ordering off the breakfast, lunch or dinner menu, the food is all traditional British fare. Bring your appetite, but check your heart at the door - it won't appreciate what you're doing to it!
Highly recommend the Traditional British Breakfast, although the other menu items have so far been quite satisfying.
Will definitely be returning.
It's like visiting Cornation Street. Food is good old english fare. Stella has been there for years and just makes it worth a visit. She is just so welcoming but has that sarcastic british humour. Wonderful place to go.