The Hornbeam Café is one of the longest running vegetarian cafes in London – recently turned fully vegan.
Our ethos is to support our local businesses as much as possible. This includes our coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. All our fresh ingredients are source as locally as possible, with most of our fruits and vegetables coming from local food enterprise Organiclea. We are also committed to a zero-waste policy with very minimal of our rubbish going to land fill.
The Hornbeam Cafe is now proudly the first 100% plant-based vegan cafe in Walthamstow
The Hornbeam Cafe and Centre has been running as a vegetarian cafe and community hub for 30 years. This month we have become the first fully vegan cafe in Walthamstow serving 100 per cent plant-based food and drinks (we will no longer serve dairy milk or eggs with brunch).
We are delighted to welcome our new kitchen team – Kitchen Manager Frankie and a new chef, who both have amazing culinary credentials plus huge enthusiasm to make people’s experience at the cafe better than ever.
Frankie grew up on an organic veg farm in Devon, which his parents still run, with a shop and a box scheme – so the Hornbeam is home-from-home for him.
“I started my catering career when I was 17. I worked in a restaurant based on an organic farm so all the produce we used in the kitchen came straight from the farm.
“From there I have worked in all manner of restaurants, but I am now glad to be back to my roots at a small independent business that supports local businesses just as my mum and dad still do today.
“We are excited to be working with such beautiful seasonal produce provided by Waltham Forest’s own organic cooperative – Organiclea. We have updated our menu with the same regular favourites such as the daily curry and salad and vegan quiche and we have now rolled out the weekend brunch all week.
“We are also working on some new exciting dishes to come out soon. And of course – there is always scrumptious vegan cakes!”
The Hornbeam Cafe supports the local community and uses local suppliers such as Organiclea for all our veg. We have a fine selection of alcoholic drinks from local breweries including the Wild Card brewery in Walthamstow. Plus organic and locally produced soft drinks such as Kombucha (come and learn how to make it at their Kombucha workshop in November). We also sell Perky Blenders ethically-sourced coffee roasted in Leyton.
The Hornbeam also has a fair-trade policy so that a fair price can be paid to producers, suppliers and staff.
We are excited to welcome La Buenaventura to the Hornbeam, for the month of September helping us all extend summer with the taste of Spain…
The regular Hornbeam Cafe team will have a small pause in September ahead of a re-launch in October. More of this soon…
This has given us the opportunity to support an excellent pop-up business with a stellar reputation in East London to try out the cafe life during September and we think you’ll love them!
Sheila and Pino – the La Buenaventura team – will be serving the regular Hornbeam menu with a Spanish twist, still local food at reasonable prices.
Vegan chorizo brunch, anyone…?!
The Hornbeam will be open regular cafe hours (except Thursday 14th) with a celebration evening menu on the final Saturday, 30th September. Check our events listings and Facebook page for more information – and tell your friends!
YES – vegan tapas! Hurrah!
“Last night’s Vegan Tapas with La Buenaventura was amazing. A superb menu
and each course an absolute delight. Thank you for putting on such a delicious feast for us…can’t wait to eat your food again soon! Mark
“I can honestly say the food I’ve tried from la buenaventura is the yummiest ive had in a long time!
So delicious and the staff are so friendly! Stephanie
The Hornbeam can now be hired as a Supper Club venue – just get in touch, or come along to try out the amazing food cooked by local cooks keen to put on their own Pop-Up!
We have a lovely, cosy cafe seating around 25 people. We have a fully-equipped professional catering kitchen for your use upstairs with a dumb-waiter to help deliver the food with minimum stress to the cafe downstairs.
Organic alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are all available.
If you’re a lonesome eater, don’t be shy, The Hornbeam is a cracking place to meet and mingle with new lovely people.
Are you wondering about the stories and the people behind the migration headlines?
This is a Supper Club with a twist. Great global food with global stories thrown in too.
“I think he’s quite isolated… your welcome came along just at the right time.” Through a broken phone conversation, one of our volunteers had told his English teacher that he loves coming to our preparation sessions. It’s nice to hear – it feels like chaos!
So every week we all meet to plan the Supper and build our skills. We cook, we learn English, we tell stories. Volunteers buddy up together and work through food safety training.
We’re a mixed bunch – local, not so local, refugees, asylum seekers, those working full time and those with time to kill. Established chefs, and beginners. Most of us are volunteers, all of us are learning.
Five weeks ago we didn’t know each other. Next week we’re all serving dinner to fifty people. This project has brought more people together than we ever expected, and they’ve already gained a huge amount from volunteering. Concrete food safety training, new friendships… Hopefully, some of the people we cook for will also take our stories and scatter them in the places that matter.
Wish us luck…! And please come to dinner!
Please note Stories and Supper is not at the Hornbeam but at Central Parade so we can cater to more people! Central Parade, 6-10 Hoe Street, Walthamstow E17 4RT.