Café

Current Residents:

The Gleaners is a community cafe based at the Hornbeam Centre in Walthamstow. As part of the Hornbeam’s Food Rescue Project we use surplus ingredients and run on a pay-what-you-feel basis, open from 12-3 every day.

We have been adapting the way we run to support our community in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

We are now supplying essential groceries and hot meals for free to those who need them in Waltham Forest.

We are here in solidarity for all members of our community, in particular those likely to be hit hardest by the crisis, such as the elderly, immunocompromised, homeless, single parents, refugees, children on free school meals, and those in precarious employment.

Please help us to support access to healthy food for all.

Visit our Crowdfunder page to help support our work!


  We rent our kitchen space out as a training facility for people wanting to gain skills running a cafe. The next residency available will be in Sept 2020. Contact Anne@hornbeam.org.uk if you are interested. 

Please contact  info@hornbeam.org.uk if you’d like to be one of our future Test Kitchens.


Keeping you healthy and happy all year round

We serve food that’s vegan using local, organic and fairly traded ingredients as much as we can. In fact we are the only fully vegan cafe in Walthamstow!

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.  Check out our Instagram for regular updates.

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.  We also sell:

  • Organiclea homemade jams, teas and pickles.
  • Ecoleaf household cleaning refills.
  • Catering for meetings, birthdays, wedding and events.
One of our many specialities is vegan cake!

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