Black Cat

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76 Clarence Road, Hackney, East London, England, E5 8HB

Open Oct 2013 a cooperatively run, not-for-profit, vegan cafe. Offers vegan sweets and treats and sells vegan cookbooks. Open Mon 12:00pm-9:00pm, Wed-Fri 12:00pm-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-8:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Western, British

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First Review by HelenGi

Wish I lived closer!! - Edit

The tofish is so good here!

The atmosphere is great, very Boho!

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One of my favorite spots in London - Edit

I fell in love with Black Cat the first time I went there. My sister and I were just dropping by for some sweet treats but we were very pleased with our experience. The cafe is warm and cozy with interesting books and flyers promoting veganism.We had the cinnamon roll and vegan Lamington which were absolutely amazing. The second time we returned for dinner and tried the burger and lasagne which really satisfied our comfort food cravings. The pizzas were hit or miss because I didn't like the commercial vegan cheese they used, but it was priced reasonably. I highly recommend this cute little place and will be returning to try more of the menu!

Pros: Delicious comfort food and desserts, Warm and welcoming space, Friendly staff

Cons: Some foods can be hit or miss, Neighbourhood is not very safe

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Used to be better, expensive - Edit

I've been here 4 or 5 times now and my earlier visits were the best. The food is hit and miss. Sometimes it is excellent, and other times it is distinctly average. The menu isn't fixed and changes from day to day.
While the oat milk lattes are good, they are expensive for the portion you get. The cup is perhaps 1.5-2 times the size of a small espresso cup and the cost of the latte is £2.70. Felt a bit ripped off by the coffee. The food is a bit hit and miss too. I won't be back until things change (cheaper coffee or a bigger cup), and more consistency in quality of the food.

Cons: expensive rip off coffee

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One of my faves for brunch or lunch - Edit

Been a few times at weekends. The place is usually busy. Nice coffee, good cakes (think they are from Manna). Great cooked breakfast. Haven't had the chance to try more yet.
Also has some vegan products for sale.

Pros: Vegan brunch / cooked breakfast , Cakes

Cons: That it's not in my neighbourhood ;)

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wonderful little cafe - must do in Hackney! - Edit

This is a great little area in the heart of Hackney. We had a "sausage" roll wrapped in phyllo dough, a "chicken" avo club sandwich and sweet potato, coconut and lentil soup. Delicious meal, great atmosphere and very friendly staff - highly recommended :)

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Loved it so much that I had to go back! - Edit

Luckily me I was working around the corner last year and went here everyday. Great amount of choice and friendly staff.

I ate in one day and had a take away the next, really friendly staff and they also have a range of vegan condiments to buy here.

Didn't realise the staff were volunteers so love it even more now!

Pros: wide choice, eat in or take away, non profit

Cons: none

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Amazing ❤️ - Edit

One of the best vegan places in London.

Delicious homemade food. I always go for the big salad plate that is a mix of several things: wild rice, couscous, potato salad, chickpeas, coleslaw, etc and it's super filling.

The tofu scramble and the fry-up are also good. Vegan cakes and milkshakes.

On the weekend go before 1pm to get a table. The place isn't too big and fills up quickly. Super nice staff

Pros: 100% vegan, homemade delicious food, super nice staff

Cons: can get super busy

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Vegan Home - Edit

Lovely little place with nice choices! When it's busy it can be chaos and end up feeling bad for the staff and wanting to help but the fact it's volunteers and non profit and it's all cruelty free makes it worth it!

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Delicious food - Edit

What a great little place. I keep thinking about my meal from my visit last night, which was a great big healthy potion of fishless and chips, with peas and salad. So yummy. I'm looking forward to going back to try the rest of the menu. My omni boyfriend had the chickpea curry and said the food was beautiful too. We're definitely impressed!

Pros: Fishless and Chips, BYOB

Cons: One toilet!

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loved it - Edit

Cute vegan location with to die for milkshakes and delicious cakes.

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Loved it! - Edit

100% vegan, they even had my fave milk (Oatly). Friendly staff, busy & cosy. loved it! The main menu looked fantastic, we had one of the blueberry cakes. Will deffo be visiting again.

Pros: 100% vegan , Reasonably priced with lots of options, Friendly staff

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Amazing! - Edit

Too many compliments to know where to start!
Delicious, healthy, varied and extremely generous meals served by friendly, welcoming staff at the most affordable prices in London.
And it's a workers cooperative! What's not to love?!
You can eat in, BYO wine, or takeaway.
I've yet to be disappointed by a dish, and return again and again for the incredible Burgers, Fishless & chips, Caribbean fish stew, curries, pizzas and salads. (and of course the pastries and legendary sausage rolls!)
Thank you Black Cat for making being Vegan so easy!

Pros: Great Food, Prices, Atmosphere

Cons: Er... it's not open every day?

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Great little place - Edit

The food can be a little hit and miss here, depending on what the specials are, but I loved it. My burger was delicious, and the phish and chips are yummy too. A sausage roll was less of a hit, and some of the curries can get a bit thick. But I loved the place, which has a super comfy vibe.

Pros: Huge portions, Fairly priced

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Delicious place! - Edit

Love the food here - fresh, big portions (sometimes too big!) and great value for money. Also great vibes. They also sometimes have VEGAN PAIN AU CHOCOLAT! The dream.

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Best vegan breakfasts in London - Edit

I try to come here most weekends for the breakfast. You get a amazing tofu scramble, potatoes, beans, bacon, sausage, mushroom and bread in a huge bowl, the portion is so generous that sometimes me and a friend share one.

They also sell some vegan chocolate etc.

The staff and atmosphere is friendly, sometimes have to wait quite a while for a table at weekends as it gets very busy.

Pros: breakfast, little vegan shop, dog friendly

Cons: not enough seating when busy

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amazing vegan food! - Edit

Loved this place - genuinely one of the best vegan meals I've ever had anywhere! I had vegan fish and chips and choc and peanut butter shake and it was amazing!! Portion sizes really good and served quickly too. Yum!

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Literally amazing - Edit

I love Black Cat! It's an incredible place, pretty reasonably priced and always with different, DELICIOUS food. I've never been disappointed by something I ate there. Last time I got a pesto "chicken" sandwich and a seitan salad. Both were DELICIOUS. They also have great books for sale and some other foods for sale as well. And yummy puddings! It's such a nice atmosphere and all cooperatively run. LOVE it!

Pros: All the food is amazing!, Different things all the time, Great ambience, prices...

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A favourite - Edit

One of my favourite places in London. The menu is on a chalkboard by the counter and varies but includes things like burger, 'fish' and chips, and curry.   Lighter options include soup, sausage rolls, samosas. The salad bowls are always tasty with a nice variety.  Good portions, good quality and reasonably priced. 

Thursday night is pizza night (veg, 'meaty' or mixed and a special), go hungry so you can share a salad too.

Good variety of cakes including some by Essential Vegan (eg her bounty cake - coconut and chocolate, yum).  And the cakes come on cute plates from Magpie the vegan homeware company.

Soft drinks, milkshakes, big mugs of tea, great coffee with various plant milks and BYO alcohol.

Cooperatively run, community feel, good vibe.  Lots of books for sale but fewer grocery items than they use to have (they still have a few chocolates etc but don't have a fridge anymore). If you are local they are a collection point for the Growing Communities veg bag scheme.

Can get busy at weekends but great to see that people love this place as much as I do.

Pros: Tasty food, Thursday pizza night, Nice community feel

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Cozy venue. Simple menu. Laidback staff - Edit

Cute and rather smallish restaurant. I loved the fact everything they had on the menu is vegan and have some books and merchandise available. I'd like to go back to try the desserts, they look amazing

Pros: Chocolate and Vanilla milkshakes are lovely

Cons: Lasagna portion wasn't very generous Small men

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Familiar vegan foods in a cool and quirky environment - Edit

This restaurant/ cafe has an old school American diner vibe much like Katz Deli in American that I visited (previous to becoming vegan). Usual vegan options so some good variety for everyone. Polite and friendly staff. Limited seating and a small venue are not ideal although this place is open till fairly late. Desserts were limited also.

Pros: decent price and portions , cool and quirky surroundings , something for everyone on the menu

Cons: small venue, dessert options

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If I lived in London, I'm sure this would be my go-to place - Edit

This place is very simple, no frills, and small, but the food is solid and the vibe is fun.

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huge portions! - Edit

This place is perfect. Lots of nice options (from healthy to not so healthy). Their portion sizes are out of this world. I have to go to Black Cat every time I'm in the area. It's a must!

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THE BEST - Edit

My friends and I visited Black Cat already more than five times, even though it's quite a trek from where we live. And we have never been disappointed! Black Cat was such a pleasant discovery because of its amazing environment, INCREDIBLE burgers (the best burger I've ever had in my LIFE), mind-blowing milk-shakes and absolutely great service.

It's like 100% great. That's why I never stop telling people they have to go and see/taste/experience Black Cat themselves. Totally recommend!

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One of the Best Vegan Spots in London - Edit

We eat here regularly, the food is always delicious and reasonably priced, plus there is a nice range of options with changing menus and specials.

The atmosphere is really relaxed so you feel comfortable to sit around for a while and enjoy the food. Staff are always friendly.

There's even a fridge and mini shop so you can stock up on some vegan cheese and chocolates, the prices are really reasonable for these as well.

You have to try the burger, the milkshakes, and the cheesecake!

Pros: Great food, Milkshakes, Relaxed and cosy

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Favourite place in London - Edit

Eaten here numerous times. Food has always been great and the staff are really friendly.
The burger is one of my favourites and my daughters always love a cinnamon roll!
Prices are very reasonable too and well worth trying a milk-shake too.

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Wonderful place - Edit

The food - English breakfast - was excellent, and as were the milkshake and desserts.

I also just loved the vibe of the place.

I will surely be back, when I'm in London again.

Pros: Cheap, Great food

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Delicious and comfortable - Edit

A great space to hang out and have breakfast/coffee/cake in a relaxed atmosphere. I had the full english breakfast and was completely over the moon!
Great discovery, looking forward to coming back!

Pros: Delicious breakfast, cooperatively run, nice atmosphere, friendly staff

Cons: bit far away from central London, but worth the tr

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