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Fork to Fork Seasonal Supper: last Saturday every month

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3 courses for £20

The Hornbeam Cafe invites you to a feast with delicious healthy tasty food – locally sown, grown, picked and cooked! All making use of as much local produce as possible, provided by Organiclea Community Growers.

The Fork to Fork is 7.30pm – 10.30pm on the last Saturday each month.

rice & vegReservations essential – please book your table by emailing us at with your name, how many people, or click here to book via eventbrite.


The menu is susceptible to change as the growing climate in North East London can be somewhat unreliable…. however, for £20 we can guarantee a delicious and hearty 3 course meal. We are fully licensed serving organic wines and locally brewed beers.


The Hornbeam cafe, based in Walthamstow, North East London, is a not-for-profit social enterprise space which supports small scale local growers and producers by maintaining a locally sourced and seasonal menu. The Hornbeam cafe works closely with OrganicLea, a farming cooperative with a growing site based in Hawkwood, and links with many other small scale local food producers.

OrganicLea place an emphasis on propagating and growing heritage species, so you can expect some different-from-the-norm vegetables being cooked up at the Hornbeam cafe!


Congratulations Norman Loves

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Norman Loves have received two ‘Highly Commended’ at The Sustainable City Awards for the fabulous work they have been doing in the Hornbeam cafe and their catering business.

Firstly a ‘Highly Commended’ award for Waste Management for their use of composting and recycling and second a ‘Highly Commended’  award for Sustainable Food!

Sending out a big congratulations Norman Loves and special thanks to The Hornbeam and  Organiclea.

Try something different… Cafe Volunteering!

Café Volunteers

Are you interested in learning more about organic, sustainable food production? Do you want to pursue a career in catering?

The Hornbeam is seeking  enthusiastic and committed volunteers to lead the running of its organic, vegan café during weekdays. This opportunity will be supported by training in sustainable catering, including low-impact suppliers, food safety, and barista skills.

This role entails help taking orders from customers, serving food and beverages, washing up, clearing tables and handling money. We are looking for someone who has good communication skills, a friendly attitude, is able  to handle money, and has an awareness of health and hygiene.

Download full role description here.

And see what Cafe Volunteer Tess Harris has to say about her experience…


Volunteer Profile: Tess Harris

Tess Harris smallI started volunteering in the Hornbeam Cafe about three months ago. I just came in as a customer and immediately liked the environment and how I was treated by the staff and volunteers. I felt that it was a friendly and inclusive place, so when I heard there was a chance to volunteer I said – pick me!

I work as a senior volunteer in the cafe two days a week now, serving customers, preparing food and training new volunteers. It’s lovely to get to know the customers and help facilitate the use of the space – for example, I’ve enjoyed working with John Fell to display and promote his reclaimed wood carvings. I like knowing how to make a range of fancy coffees and serve people great local food.

The Hornbeam is a really good environment to be a volunteer. Even when I’m working on my own in the cafe I know that everyone in the rest of the building is friendly and eager to help. I can just stop anyone walking through and they will do what they can to be useful!

I really love that volunteering has allowed me to get to know such a wide range of people. I get to meet others – both volunteers and customers – who are interested in sustainable living, and I don’t think I would have met them if I wasn’t volunteering here.
I enjoy feeling a sense of ownership of the cafe, something that makes a big difference to someone as newly arrived in the country as me.

In the future I’d like to explore some other volunteering roles at Hornbeam, and learn more about cooking. And, because I love gardening, I’d also love to visit the nursery at Hawkwood.

Waltham Forest Eats

Waltham Forest is a home to a delicious mix of food cultures. We are looking for 12 community groups to star in our 2016 calendar – with the chance to plan, cook and eat your own delicious recipe. We can supply chefs, ingredients and a kitchen, if you can come up with a great recipe.  We are also looking for partners who deliver a low cost living message to set weekly challenges. For more details click here.

What a mug!

Mug shrunkWe’ve just taken delivery of our seriously cool Hornbeam mug, which is on sale from the cafe for just £5.

But if you want to flaunt your eco-credentials you’ll need to hurry as stocks are limited, and it might take us a while to get some more made. But if we have run out, just add your name to our mugs waiting list 😉


Eco-Volunteering launched

Eco volOn 27th February, the Hornbeam launched a new Eco-Volunteering initiative which aims to become the best source of ethical, well supported, environmental volunteering opportunities in London. We plan to grow the range and depth of green volunteering opportunities throughout Waltham Forest and surrounding boroughs, and to support volunteers who want to make a difference by giving their time to activities that have an environmental focus.

We want to hear from individuals and organisations that are interested in finding out about eco-volunteering opportunities as well as from local organisations with volunteering placements.  Do you know a local environmental project that can provide rewarding volunteer roles? Please contact Iona on 020 8558 6880 or email on

Subscribe to our Eco-Volunteering newsletter

Click here for more information on our Eco-Volunteering Project.

Fork to Fork Seasonal Supper

Saturday 23rd March 6.30-10.30pm

3 courses for £14

The Hornbeam Cafe invites you to a feast with delicious healthy tasty food – locally sown, grown, picked and cooked! All making use of as much local produce as possible, provided by Organiclea Community Growers.



The supper club is open from 6.30-10.30pm so you can choose your time to book a table (latest booking 9pm). Advance booking is essential  –

email  with your name, how many people, and what time. The café can cater for all special dietary requirements, intolerances and allergies – just let them know when you book.



As well as Organiclea’s produce, the Hornbeam kitchen is stocked from small scale organic farmers in East Anglia, from Suma Wholefoods cooperative, and the beer comes from local brewer Pitfields.