Hornbeam Cafe

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 10 reviews )

458 Hoe St, Walthamstow (at Hornbeam Environmental Centre), East London, England, E17 9AH

Non-profit operation that's part of wider eco initiative. Supports local disadvantaged group. Serves vegan food that's local, organic, and reflects the different cuisines of the borough. On a busy street corner. Formerly named Gannets. Open Tue-Sun 10:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, British

10 Reviews

First Review by JohnnySensible

Top shelf vegan food in Walthamstow - Edit

Perfect as I thought I was gonna starve in Walthamstow because I was far away from home and far from any other vegan food place that Walthamstow felt like a desert of just fried animal based foods so this place saved me.

Pros: Very good options , Free wifi , Nice chilled environment

Cons: None

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Big portions of deliciousness! - Edit

Vegan Sunday roast was amazing and the jackfruit toastie was divine!

Pros: Large portions, Delicious, Eco-friendly community feel

Cons: Possibly too much food?!, Too far from my home hahaha

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v good lunch - Edit

Nice relaxed cafe where we had a great leek and tofu quiche with two interesting salads - beetroot and couscous and black bean soup. Cakes looked nice but it was near 4 on a Sunday and they started selling out.

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Banging Breakfast - Edit

Relaxed and positive atmosphere! The vegan English breakfast was banging as was the homemade ketchup. Very affordable but even had it not been it would be worth every penny. Lovely staff and very impressed it's volunteer led! Loads of opportunity to get involved if your a local - well done for bringing back the community vibes!

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Favourite local vegan cafe - Edit

I'm pretty sure everything here is vegan as standard except you can order eggs with the brunch instead of tofu scramble at the weekend and they serve dairy milk if you ask for it. But other than that all the food is vegan.

My favourite cafe for affordable vegan food. I usually go for the sausage and tofu scramble sandwich but the soups, curries and tarts are great as well.

They now sell a small range of vegan items like nutritional yeast, vegan cheese etc and there are lots of events on the evenings now including music nights and supper clubs. You can also refill on various cleaning products there to cut back on packaging.

Pros: Great food, affordable , great atmosphere

Cons: can be busy and it's not massive

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lovely little place - Edit

A really cute place for the locals to hang out and enjoy some veggie food with a couple of vegan options thrown in. Worth a visit for breakfast if you're in the area. Vegan sausages on offer but on our visit they were gluten free and no vegan bread either unfortunately.

Pros: Good options for veggies, Reasonable prices, Friendly staff

Cons: Limited gluten free options, Simple decor - more suited as a cafe than a restau

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Friendly place with good vibe. - Edit

This is a place with a great vibe which often has a special event going on in addition to their normal hours, such as raw food pot luck, world food day celebrations, films & talks etc. On saturdays there is also organic/local food stall outside.

Although described as vegetarian it is 99% vegan, as the only non-vegan item they use (at the time of writing) is cows milk option for tea, coffee etc.

Menu can be a bit limited, but they are always happy to try to do you something special and are open to suggestions & offers of help. New, improved opening hours for 2014 - check with their website. http://www.hornbeam.org.uk/cafe/

Run as a "not for profit" with the help of friendly volunteers and has been going (with ups & downs) for almost twenty years.
Updated from previous review on Sunday November 01, 2009

Pros: bright & clean, much local food, lots going on, 99% vegan

Cons: sometimes limited menu, on noisy main road

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Lovely, but not for tourists - Edit

If you're a tourist you probably will not want to take a long ride with a bus (like I did) and go there to explore this place: you're not even sure you will find food in the afternoon - I didn't, almost all was over. But the people is fantastic and you have the chance to meet people doing a very good job in their community, so a very good experience, even if not a proper "food experience".

Pros: Atmosphere, People

Cons: not a real restaurant

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My Favourite Local - Edit

I love the Hornbeam Cafe.

The modest menu is written on a blackboard near the door, but don't be fooled: each dish is cheap, wholesome and delicious, made from locally sourced organic ingredients and almost entirely vegan (cow milk is offered when ordering hot drinks). In addition to amazing vegetable-based mains, there's also a modest selection of hot drinks, juices, beers, wines and cocktails on offer as well as freshly baked bread, jams and chutneys to take home. Crafts produced by the locals are on sale, and there's a notice board crammed with relevant events, meet ups and info regarding the cafe, the community and the city.

From vegan quiche to warm quinoa salad, curries to pastries, there's always a mouthwatering dish for either lunch or dinner.

The Hornbeam is a non-profit business: expect beautifully cooked, simple meals and a conversation with whoever happens to be volunteering that day.

I love it: it's an important part of my neighbourhood and it deserves to flourish.
Updated from previous review on Sunday March 03, 2013

Pros: wholesome food, amazing value, awesome interior

Cons: limited seating

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Help needed - community cafe - - Edit

Volunteer run - more volunteers needed so that they can open on more days.

Organic / local veggies used for the dishes / sold by the box.

Now the cafe is only open on Saturdays.

10 to 4.

Phone to reconfirm opening times before you visit.


Nearest train station is - Walthamstow Central (Victoria line),

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stevegan 01 Nov 2009 - The opening times are now much better! Mon - Fri 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm. Also see their website hornbeam.org  

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