Trew Era Cafe

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 5 reviews )

30 Whitmore Rd, Hoxton (at Hoxton St), North London, England, N1 5QA

Serves meat, vegan options available. A previously vegetarian cafe (until Dec 2016) supporting local and ethical causes within the community. The social enterprise is staffed by recovering drug addicts from the area. Serves toasties and salads, cakes and locally made jams, coffee, tea and organic juices. Vegans please inquire. Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-6:00pm, Sat 10:00am-7:00pm, Sun 10:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: Organic, Western, Juice bar, Take-out, British, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by rosie

Friendly staff, average food. - Edit

The staff were really friendly and down to earth. I love the concept of this cafe.

I had the soup of the day which was vegan, it tasted okay, would have been better if it was blended more as it felt a bit lumpy.

The music and atmosphere was good.

They don't have too many options though, both specials (soup and chilli) were vegan, there's also a "hummus, carrot and pepper" sandwich and avocado toast. The rest of the menu (which is quite small anyway) wasn't vegan. Apparently they sometimes have vegan cheese.

I wish they would go back to being veggie, the cafe is small so when they cook bacon it really does fill the cafe with the smell.

The staff aren't super knowledgeable about what is vegan (unless it's labelled) so good to ask specifically what brand/ingredients they are using

Pros: Friendly staff, Good concept, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Bit pricy for the quality (£5 for a soup), Serves meat, Quite small

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Best Vegan Toasties In London - FACT - Edit

The Trew Era cafe really does have a big heart. Great atmosphere and excellent coffee, not to mention the small garden area at the back, which is a sanctuary from the hustle & bustle of East London. I've been coming here since it's opening in March 2015. It is a non-profit cafe established by U.K. comedian and activist Russell Brand. Russell funded the cafe from profits from his 2014 best selling book, 'Revolution'.
It's great for vegans as they offer a lot more than just soya milk. They have a vast selection of plant based milks to choose from, and a range of breakfast options. Porridge, Granola toast etc..I normally go for lunch and have the Vegan toasties, which I have to say is out of this world. It comes with a generous side salad garnish, with optional red onions or pesto. There is normally at least one other vegan option on the menu which will be a daily special. They sell Kizzy's Vegan cookies that go great with a coffee as a dessert option, or afternoon snack. Other cakes, croissants and pasteries available but the cookies are the only sweet available presently. The decor is shabby chic and the cafe sometimes hosts music and comedy nights, profits from which, go towards Abstinence and sobriety alcohol and drugs recovery. These nights are fantastic, especially in the summer time, when the events can spread out onto the street. The next event that I am aware of is on saturday 8th October 2016. This is going to be comedy night. There is also meditation every Sunday morning.

Pros: Good vegan options, Cool area, Amazing staff

Cons: More vegan deserts needed!

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Great cafe with vegan options - Edit

nice cafe with a good few vegan options. the staff are really friendly, has a nice vibe and the smoothies are delicious! :)

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Not Just Another Concept Cafe - Edit

This place has a big heart and the coffee, freshly roasted around the corner in Clapton, is sensational in a flat white with almond milk (that's right, they offer vegans more than just soy milk here). The vegan chocolate chip cookies are also some of the best I have had.

Call or email ahead and the staff are more than happy to make sure there are hot vegan meal options in on the day you visit. Sometimes their dishes are in fact vegan by default too, and always completely meat-free.

What I like best about this place, however, is not the food but the activist hub atmosphere and staff running the show. They are all in abstinence based recovery and use the cafe as a means to empower themselves and find a social and political outlet. The effect is personal, homemade, invigorating and authentic.

Pros: friendly staff, excellent coffee, good value

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Friendly staff and has potential - Edit

Friendly staff and has potential but it's very much in its early days. It does toast, toasted sandwiches, drinks and smoothies.
I think they plan to expand the menu in the future. I'll be waiting until something vegan comes on the menu. My friends toasted aubergine, mint and feta toasted lacked mint and was a bit bland. They seem lovely people so hope it works out and they get s bit more staff training on making the food.

Pros: Friendly staff , Good value

Cons: Very basic food options , Needs vegan options

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