The Waiting Room

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    ( 16 reviews )
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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.

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

16 Reviews

First Review by FloGraceB

quick and friendly service - Edit

I got a wrap on my way back to central London. The staff helped me decide and they made it quickly enough that I still got my train. The falafel wrap was good but it included a lot of sauce. Personally I am not that much of a saucy girl.

Pros: lots of good choices, fresh ingredients

Cons: too much sauce in the wraps (for my taste)

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great food, great vibes - Edit

Love this place. It’s tiny - ten seats - and has a real relaxed, happy vibe. Tons of pop culture decoration, and the food is super good - so many vegan options, and everything is at minimum vegetarian. I had the Spicy Maiden bagel and an oat milk latte. Will be back for sure.

Pros: lots of vegan options, hearty flavourful food, helpful, friendly staff

Cons: we think they should make the jump & go full vegan

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fell in love with their hotdogs! - Edit

Very cosy place for a snack or a cake. Interestingly broad choice of hot-dogs, and decent quality! They also have a wide selection of bevarages and drinks, with the unforgettable chilli chocolate. Good and affordable.

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Spoilt for choices - Edit

I had a bagel and it was filled to the brim. The price is also very reasonable and you will be overwhelmed with all the options they have. Everything can be made vegan

Pros: Affordable, everything can be vegan

Cons: Will Be nice with more seating space

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Love this place! - Edit

One of my favourite places in SE, it's nice, a lot of delicious options, and bagels start at £2.90 bargain! Staff are super friendly

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Great food - Edit

I have been here a few times and the food has always been great and the price is very reasonable.
Only downside is how small it is, there aren't many places to sit inside so I usually have to take my food to go.
I highly recommend the chicken stripper and the breakfast muffin!

Pros: Price, Lots of choice on menu, Good quality food

Cons: Size of the place

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great little cafe! - Edit

a friend took me here for breakfast. i had a hot mint chocolate and a bagel with banana, vegan nutella and peanut butter. it was insanely sweet bit very delicious!
mint chocolate was phenomenal!
i made the mistake to assume that everything’s vegan. unfortunately, the pancakes aren’t. this was pointed out by the guy taking our order though. perfect service!

cosy atmosphere, there seem to be many regulars here and also people who probably aren’t vegetarians themselves but enjoy a nice coffee & snack.

prices are incredible as portions are big and tasty! bagels cost 2,90 / 3,20 pounds. tea starts at 1,90. coffees and chocolate were about 2,50-3,50. little breakfast snacks from 2-3,50 (if i remember correctly)
highly recommended!

Pros: choices, price, atmosphere & location

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Best coffee and vegan burgers in London - Edit

This is my favourite vegan-friendly place in South-East London. A cosy café with a wide range of burgers and hotdogs that can be veganised. There is always a range of tasty cakes on offer and their coffee is the best.

Pros: coffee, almost everything can be veganised, great service

Cons: small so difficult to get a seat

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nice and cheap vegan junk food spot! - Edit

Cool place, lots of character with tonnes of vegan options including burgers, hot dogs, fish fingers and more. The shakes are delicious too! Prices very cheap for London.

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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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Brilliant! - Edit

Cute little place, full of character. Great hot dogs and burgers and more. Really good value and food always fresh and really yum!

Pros: Great vegan fast food and cakes

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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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Wow! - Edit

So many great options to choose from ❤️

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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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