Great food that doesn’t cost the earth. See what’s on the menu!

The Hornbeam Café is open 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Sunday (except Thursday which is from 11.30am). Do spread the word that we’re the best place for all your vegan nosh….





We serve food that’s vegetarian/vegan using local, organic and fairly traded ingredients as much as we can. We can cater for people with allergies or special dietary requests. The menu is seasonal and changes depending on what vegetables are available to our climate and time of year.

We use fresh fruit and veg provided by local growing cooperative Organiclea based in Chingford and the Hornbeam offices and supplemented by extra veg sourced from other local organic farmers.

This wonderful tasting fruit and veg is also for sale at the Saturday market stall outside the Hornbeam and Matalan in Leytonstone, and can also be delivered through Organiclea’s veg bag delivery scheme on Wednesdays to a drop-off point near you.

We also sell:

  • Today bakery organic sourdough bread on Wednesdays (
  • Organiclea homemade jams, teas and pickles.
  • Environmentally friendly household cleaning and washing liquid refills.





Hornbeam Nights – “it’s a Thursday thing”.  Exciting events running EVERY Thursday and occasional weekend evenings. Bringing some spice to the cafe and Hoe Street. Live music, DJs, Open decks, East London Radio collaborations, music lover’s quiz and pop-up supper clubs. Check out our Facebook page Hornbeam Nights Twitter @nightshornbeam or regular events listings for updated information.

We also offer catering for meetings, birthdays, wedding and events.

We can offer cafe space for groups and activities. Such as the tiny time music group on Thursday mornings 10-11am for babies, mums and toddlers. The weekly knitting group meet on Thursday afternoons from 2pm.

We are supported by volunteers and we are always keen to welcome new people – let us know if you’re interested!




Food Standards Agency rating: an excellent 4 out of 5!

We are proud to say that Hornbeam's rating by the Food Standards Agency is 4.
We are proud to say that Hornbeam’s rating by the Food Standards Agency is 4.


PLEASE NOTE: The Hornbeam’s rating was incorrect for several months (it is now updated) on the Food Standard Association’s own website.

See email transcript below from the Food Hygiene Agency to Jenny Parker, Cafe Manager at the Hornbeam cafe. From Anne Heeney the food standards inspector back in Feb:
‘Dear Kate & Jenny
I’m sorry that there has been a problem with your Food Hygiene Rating rescore failing to upload on the system.

I confirm that I visited the Hornbeam Café on 5th November 2015 and the rating was raised from 1 to 4 because hygiene conditions had improved. I am making enquiries as to why this happened and will ensure that the correct rating is displayed on the website as soon as possible.

I apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

Feel free to come and visit and chat to Jenny, Charlie, Kat or any of our cafe staff at any time about our kitchen practices – we know you’ll be impressed!


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Community cafe, event space and environment centre // 458 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 9AH // 020 8558 6880