Mudlarks is a Hertford charity supporting adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues. Serves vegetarian cooked food with seasonal and local ingredients. Breakfast, snack, lunch, and afternoon tea. Relocated from 10 Railway St. Open Tue-Sat 09:00-16:00.

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16 Reviews

First Review by scratchgrey


Points +172

30 Sep 2023

Great vegan selection in a lovely atmosphere

A lovely cafe with great vegan options and vegan cake! Good value for good portion sizes. Lovely atmosphere, would definitely recommend

Pros: Good prices, Not for profit , Good good



Points +102

08 Aug 2023

Lovely options

I love the ethos of Mudlarks and what they stand for.
The food is lovely and fresh. Staff are very happy to help clarify questions.

Pros: Fresh produce grown on their own allotments, Employing people with learning disabilities , Good vegan options

Cons: Wish it were closer to where I live.


Points +98

26 May 2023

Worth a visit!

Friendly place, good coffee, difficult to decide which vegan cake to eat!

Pros: Cafe for a good cause, Nice coffee , Vegan cakes


Points +8120

27 Sep 2022

Veggie & vegan cafe with a good cause

Vegetarian cafe with a good portion of the menu being vegan. Went here for lunch with a friend on a weekday and managed to get the last table. They have a seasonal menu and specials. I had the jerk jackfruit and pineapple wrap with mixed salads and my friend had a pasty (vegetarian, although there was a vegan option) with salads. The food was really tasty and came out quickly although they forgot one of our drinks and we had to enquire about it near the end of the meal. People with disabilities are employed which is great but they could be included more in a range of roles (they seem to be just be bringing the food to tables) and there could be inclusive signs for customers to be patient etc.

Visited again and managed to get a table after a little wait. Got a pasty with salads & a special ‘hot from pot’ bowl of Ethiopian Efo Riro. Food was very tasty & good value

Updated from previous review on 2021-11-05

Pros: All vegetarian and a lot of vegan options, Charity that’s inclusive , Good food, reasonable prices

Cons: Might need more organisation


Points +713

26 May 2022

My Local

I have visited several times now and each time it has been super busy with no tables and queues out the door! Obviously a good sign 😊 Nice vegan coffees, salads, pasties and cakes. Will definitely visit again

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Hearty salads , Vegan coffees

Cons: Gets very busy , Can be a little on the expensive side


Points +45

17 Aug 2021

Amazing cafe

Everything things about this place is great. The cafe is right in the centre of town, it's lovely, bright and clean. The food is fresh and delicious. The mushroom roll and curry pasty are my favourites, both are served with a mix of salads. There's a kids menu too.

Pros: Location, Menu, Relatively healthy

Cons: None


Points +207

22 Aug 2020

Loved this cafe

Stylish, spacious, informal and a great place to meet up and chat with friends - very child friendly too. Food was lovely, healthy and balanced. We had the vegan mushroom roll with salad and the vegan pasty with salad. Portion sizes were good, although the roll and the pasty were served cold. Salad was delicious. As were the soya lattes.

Pros: Healthy balanced meals, allotment grown veg, Stylish decor, Great service

Cons: Quite small vegan selection for lunch menu


Points +97

28 Jul 2020


Cute little cafe. Lovely staff always with really nice vegan cake selection!

Pros: Lots of vegan choices


Points +207

15 Jul 2020


We were walking through the Hertford when we chanced upon this lovely cafe. We took away a mushroom roll and a curried pasty - both delicious ( especially the pasty) polite staff who were dealing with covid and distancing. Look forward to another visit 😁 didn’t eat in as we have a very noisy dog😂🐶

Pros: Veggie and vegan options, Friendly staff, Made good recommendations


Points +132

05 Sep 2019

Great food, lovely people

Lots of really great vegan and gluten free options which are clearly marked and very delicious. Service was great, all the staff and volunteers were lovely and very sweet.

Be aware that lunch service ends at 2:30pm, cakes and beverages only after that!


Points +32

28 Feb 2019

Amazingly accommodating

Arrived at Mudlarks, they had finished serving lunch, they tried to find us something to eat and managed to pull together something for the four of us, my parents are Deaf, but did not have any issues communicating as the staff can use basic sign language! Amazing little place, well worth the visit

Pros: Choices are vast , Friendly staff , Box of children toys to entertain the younger gen

Cons: Mainly vegetarian


Points +60

10 Jun 2018

Love this place

The food was absolutely wonderful, from preparation to presentation. We especially enjoyed the vvegan cake and the spicey bean and sweetcorn burger wrap was great (even took photos so we can replicate at home).

Overall, fantastic, not to mention the fact that the money goes to charity!

Pros: Wonderful food, Great presentation, For charity!


Points +17

25 May 2017

Splendid lunch!

On a rare visit to Hertford today, we visited this cafe, as it was recommended by Happy Cow. We both had the spicey bean and sweetcorn burger wrap, which, with an added salad made for a tasty and substantial lunch. Just room left for one of their scrummy cakes! Pleasant garden to sit in, and really friendly staff.


Points +169

07 Apr 2017

Great Charity Cafe

Mudlarks is a cute Cafe in the centre of Hertford with both vegan and vegetarian options. I had courgetti bolognese which was very nice (and only £6.50!) and a courgette and chocolate cake which was absolutely beautiful, I'll definitely be going back. And all profits from this Cafe go towards helping adults with learning disabilities

Pros: All profits go to charity , Reasonably priced , Tasty food


Points +774

29 Jan 2016

Exquisite Cuisine

When it comes to Mudlarks Garden Café, there is nothing I can say to fault their excellency. Each and every person is welcoming from the chefs and the waiters/waitresses right the way down to the people working the tills.

The food itself is unbelievable. So fresh and homey- and for a good price too. The fact that it's organic just makes it even better.

The atmosphere is easy going and comfortable. It's small and quiet with a relaxed feel.

To top it all off, the fact that the money goes to helping adults with special needs in the working world makes this my favourite veggie place in the world!

Pros: Delicious Food, Accommodating Staff, Wonderful Cause


Points +290

01 Nov 2015

fell in love..

We fell in love with this cafe! We couldn't find it originally but stumbled across it at the end of the day so nipped in for a coffee and cake. It's in the centre of town opposite tons of other shops so not sure how we missed it!

Really great decor inside. Great coffee and the one vegan cake was REALLY good. It seems like a great charity that plays a large role in the community which is even better.

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