Kitch'n Rock restaurant Marseille logoProvence's food is all very well, but sometimes only a full breakfast fry-up or English fish and chips will do. On such occasions, hungry ex-pats and fans of traditional British nosh head straight for this bar just off the Old Port.

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News We're sorry to report that this well-loved, "so-British" (as the French say) bar closed down in late summer 2015.

There's a bit of a kitsch-British theme going in Kitch'n Rock with its bright, tiny dining room, decorated with touristy London memorabilia such as Underground (metro / subway) signs and Union Jacks. A few more tables spill out on to the pavement.

Access to the WC is through a red telephone kiosk facade. Unlike real phone boxes in London (also often used as emergency toilets, of course), the WC at Kitch'n Rock is immaculately clean and surprisingly spacious.

Look out for the framed sepia photograph of these same premises in an earlier incarnation, when they were an old-style Marseille brasserie called L'Amicale.

When we visited Kitch'n Rock shortly after it opened in autumn 2012, the chef was Mick, a tattooed former rock musician from Millwall in South London who's married to a Marseillaise. He told us that Denis, the boss, was an anglophile who also runs a shop selling British-themed T-shirts.

Kitch'n Rock restaurant MarseilleMick's fish and chips, featuring cod fried in beer batter, proper chunky chips (none of your puny French fries) and tartare sauce or Sarson's malt vinegar to douse them in, are apparently proving popular with Marseille diners.

The full English breakfast, served on Saturdays only as a brunch, with bacon and eggs, sausages, baked beans, fried bread, ketchup and HP sauce and the other usual trimmings, is a harder sell, however.

The short menu - served at lunchtime only, apart from a Friday evening shift - also includes home-made burgers, a vegetarian choice, a French-style dish of the day and a handful of desserts including cheesecake and tiramisu. Take-aways are available.

In the evenings, Kitch'n Rock becomes a bar, where drinks are accompanied by mainly British sounds. DJs often preside over the Friday and Saturday gatherings.

Where: Kitch'n Rock, 30 rue Pavillon, 13001 Marseille. Tel: (+33) 3 91 54 46 04.

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