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Colin O’Brien’s Pellicci Portraits (Part 7)

January 30, 2013
by the gentle author

Who is sitting in the corner seat at Pelliccis this week? Contributing Photographer Colin O’Brien and I arrived for lunch, I had the steak and kidney pie again but Colin chose lasagne for a change. And then, fortified by treacle pudding, we set out to take these portraits of the afternoon trade at E. Pellicci, London’s best-loved family run cafe at 332 Bethnal Green Rd.

Therese Coil – “Me and my daughter, we’ve been coming to Pelliccis for twelve or thirteen years – sometimes a couple of times a week.”

Jonjo Lee – “I’ve been coming here since I was one.”

Khadra Aden “I first came to Pelliccis three months ago after my friend Mai-Lynn suggested it and a lot of my friends always come here, so this is where we all meet up.”

Brian Stewart – “I first came to Pelliccis in 1965, I used to play football and this is where we’d all meet. Sometimes I come here with my mum now, it’s the only place she’ll come and eat.”

Julie Stein “This is my first time at Pelliccis, I’ve come from New York.”

Cliff Collins – “I used to come to Pelliccis with my grandad and now I come with my grandson.”

Samoma Muresan “I came from Romania a year ago with my sister.”

Matt Sexton– “I’m from Waterloo. I first came to Pelliccis about twelve years ago and now I come two or three times a week. I like it!”

Ania Muresan – “I’ve been coming to Pelliccis ever since I came from Romania.”

Abbey Osman – “I’ve been coming down here for a long time, a good couple of years. I eat here most days.”

Mai-Lynn Miller – “I used to pass by and then my father came to visit so I brought him here. I live just up the road and I’ve been here quite a few times, it’s so warm and it’s so much fun.”

Martin Lee – “I ‘ve been coming to Pelliccis for about five years, I come almost every day for breakfast.”

Alice Dunseath – “I live just down the road but this is my first time at Pelliccis.”

Bara Kem – “I read about it on Yelp.”

John & Jonjo Lee – “We’ve been coming to Pelliccis for years.”

Photographs copyright © Colin O’Brien

You may like to take a look at

Colin O’Brien’s Pellicci Portraits ( Part One)

Colin O’Brien’s Pellicci Portraits (Part Two)

Colin O’Brien’s Pellicci Portraits (Part Three)

Colin O’Brien’s Pellicci Portraits (Part Four)

Colin O’Brien’s Pellicci Portraits (Part Five)

Colin O’Brien’s Pellicci Portraits (Part Six)

and read these other Pellicci stories

Maria Pellicci, Cook

Pellicci’s Celebrity Album

Pellicci’s Collection

Maria Pellicci, The Meatball Queen of Bethnal Green

Colin O’Brien at E.Pellicci

and see these other Colin O’Brien stories

Colin O’Brien, Photographer

Colin O’Brien’s Clerkenwell Car Crashes

Colin O’Brien’s Kids on the Street

Gina’s Restaurant Portraits

Travellers’ Children in London Fields

Colin O’Brien’s Brick Lane Market

Colin O’Brien Goes Back To School

At Colin O’Brien’s Flat

3 Responses leave one →
  1. Vicky permalink
    February 1, 2013

    Colin never fails

  2. Pam permalink
    February 1, 2013

    I have really enjoyed all of these photographs – thank you

  3. Maggie - Phlebotomist permalink
    October 19, 2013

    Love your pics. Nice to meet the person behind the lens. Even if I was brandishing the needle!!

    Spitalfields Life is interesting local site for me. Will enjoy reading all their news/views especially because I live nearby Columbia Flower Market.

    Thanks & take care


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