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The Waiting Room

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142 Deptford High St, Deptford, South East London, England, SE8 3PQ

Small cafe along Deptford High St offering coffee, cakes (has vegan, wheat-free), in addition to sandwiches and brunch food like falafel, burgers, bagels, hot dog. A library is offered whereby you take a book and all that is asked of you is to come back with something someone else may want to read. Open Mon-Thu 8:00am-7:00pm, Fri 8:00am-10:30pm, Sat 9:00am-10:30pm, Sun 10:00am-4:00pm.

Category: Lacto, Ovo, Western, Take-out, Bakery

Reviews (8)

First Review by FloGraceB

Simple, affordable, friendly - Edit

The Waiting Room is a lovely little cafe tucked away on Deptford Highstreet. The food here is great! Service is quick and the staff are very friendly. So great to have a vegan friendly restaurant in this area, however they are now seeming to be popping up all over the place! The food is very reasonably priced, which is rare to find these days in London, especially for vegan and vegetarian food. Also a lovely and very affordable place to grab a drink with friends in the evening. However it is quick a small restaurant and you may end up standing. Burgers, hotdogs, wraps, bagels, coffee, alcoholic beverages and even some vegan cakes!


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Great food, great coffee, well priced - Edit

A delicious selection of vegan and vegetarian food. Bagels, hotdogs, burgers, cakes, milkshakes. All fantastically delicious.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, well priced, good coffee, y

Cons: small- I've had to go elsewhere when it's busy :(


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great vegan ribs - Edit

This place feels cosy and inviting. Fantastic chewy, meaty seitan BBQ ribs. The hot dogs and burgers are also delicious and the food is all very reasonably priced. We'll definitely be visiting again.


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Rockin' burgers, Deptford style! - Edit

This is definitely my favourite cafe in the world.

It's handily located just over the road from Deptford train station and within easy walking from Deptford High Street bus stop and a little further from Deptford Bridge DLR and bus stop.

Opened in 2011, it has an idiosyncratic style, largely influenced by it's strong links with the tattoo parlour a couple of doors down "Kids Love Ink". (Outdoor seating is shared between the two places.) There's a rock/wrestling/kitsch vibe and decor (I know, what?) and it's a focal point for artists and musicians as well as those in need of a cup of the best coffee in Deptford on a break from bargain hunting in the market. Service is always friendly and courteous.

The best-selling menu item is the Spicy Maiden Burger with the famous Deptford Death Sauce, along with the Berry Smoothie.

They totally get the concept of vegan (many items can be veganised upon request) and my personal favourites are the breakfast muffin, the vegan VLT (vegan bacon, lettuce and tomato with vegan mayo and bacobits), The WR burger and the Blondie cake. The vegan sausage rolls are also legendary and you're rarely short of a vegan cupcake or other sweet delights.

Their standard blend coffee is Union Revelation and they are soon to introduce guest coffees and filter coffees.

It gets busy at breakfast and lunch times particularly on Wednesdays and Saturdays (market days) but there have been recent renovations and more space will soon become available.

They have just been granted an alcohol license and are due to stay open on Fridays and Saturdays until 10.30pm serving cocktails and bottles. There have been some theme nights (which I have missed up until now) and I particularly enjoyed their Halloween decor last year.

The loyalty card gives holders every 7th and 14th hot drink free. Get on down there!!!

Pros: Great food to eat in or take away, Relaxed vibe, Vegan options and cakes


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Favourite place for coffee and cake - Edit

I've only ever had cake and drinks there but they're the best!
They have great range in flavours, there's always some new flavour cake and they're always really yummy!
It's a great looking place too.
Wish i'd have tried one of their savoury options (they have tonnes to offer) to comment but i'm sure they're great too! They have hot dog style stuff and burgers. Veggie and vegan options only.
To anyone living outside south east london this may be out of the way but I live close and love this place, i'd totally recommend venturing down here!

Pros: Great cakes and drinks!, Lovely looking inside!, Cheap

Cons: A bit out of the way


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