Hornbeam Cafe

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 5 reviews )

Hornbeam Environmental Centre, 458 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, East London, England, E17 9AH

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

Category: Vegan-friendly, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, British

Reviews (5)

First Review by JohnnySensible

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),

1 Response

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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