Katy Brand on the best places to lunch alone

Date:24-07-2013 07:58:18 read:7

Katy Brand on the best places to lunch alone

The comedian shares her favourite places for grabbing a bite alone.

Comedian Katy Brand 

The Café at the Tate, St Ives

I love lunching alone – I find it the height of luxury and decadence. But for people who feel more self-conscious, the view from this café over the bay and roofs of St Ives is so spectacular you don’t notice you’re by yourself. The lovely light that streams in is what drew the Cornish artists to this coast.

Joe Allen, London

You’re never made to feel awkward if you’re here on your own. You can sit quietly and watch who’s coming and going: actors, writers, the odd film star. If you don’t want to eat, you can sit up at the American bar and chat to the friendly barmen, but if you do get peckish, the New England lobster roll is delicious.

Urban Angel, Edinburgh

Whether a performer or spectator, it’s easy to spend the Edinburgh Festival being entirely nocturnal and only eating paninis. With delicious food and home-made chutney, this friendly restorative café lets you tuck yourself in a corner, surrounded by people who aren’t drunk or in a vortex of angst about their shows.

The Lifeboat House, Coverack

This restaurant and takeaway, right at the water’s edge in Cornwall’s Coverack Bay, is known locally to serve some of the finest fish and chips you can get. I like to take my food down to the harbour wall and sit watching the children jumping into the water and people settling down with pints of beer, looking out to sea.

Tokyo Diner, London

This low-key Japanese restaurant in Soho serves authentic food really quickly and at reasonable prices. It’s better than grabbing a sandwich and is so busy with people “just popping in” that you never feel conspicuous.

Katy Brand will be appearing in 'Celebrity MasterChef’ when it returns to BBC One later this month

Katy was talking to Iona McLaren

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