Bonnington Café

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This cooperatively run vegetarian and vegan restaurant was initially set up back in the '80s to serve the local community – many of whom were squatting nearby. Today it retains the community feel, with a collective of cooks keeping the pans hot. The clientele tends to comprise locals and regulars, too. 

Menus are dictated by the chef, and usually by that chef's homeland. Expect, then, dishes influenced by Japan, Italy, France, America and Portugal, all with a vegetarian or vegan bent. And if you really like what you were served on a given day? You can check online who did the cooking and make a beeline for their next shift. 

It's also worth noting that Bonnington Café is BYO, and cash-only. 

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Venue name: Bonnington Café
Address: 11
Vauxhall Grove
Opening hours: Daily noon-2pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm
Transport: Tube/Rail: Vauxhall
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:9
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:1
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Katharine F

anything that starts with the word 'Bonnington' is going to be genius - the genuus of people if you leave them alone to get on with it - their neighbourhood, their cafe, their community garden - if you've not been then get down there now - it is a master class in how to live - enjoy

Andy S

I kind of don't want too many other people to hear about it! But they totally are the best in the area.

Carl F


If you don't fancy cooking at home but still want some wholesome vegetarian/vegan fair with a good bottle of BYO vino (without the restaurant markup) then go to 'The Caff'. I've been going here for years and regard it as a bit of a national treasure. Meal prices are great and the atmosphere somewhat eclectic with an interesting clientele. Please note that this is a community kitchen run by a cooperative so don't expect fancy presentation and designer loo's. It is what it is and if you go with little/few expectations you will be pleasantly surprised. We need independent places like this so it is good to support such establishments...


A restaurant should make better food than I could make at home. To be as good as I could make at home it is 3 stars, to exceed is 4, this place gets 2. Food really not interesting, not much interesting taste. Also, although I actually lived in the area in 1998 before it became hip, cause it seems I was not sufficiently BoHo or resident my booked table was nought and I was stuck upstairs with less than notable service. Would not return nor recommend.


Great place! Really loved the atmosphere of the cafe, and the food was delicious!!!


Lovely food and atmosphere. Chefs change on a regular basis and the dining room fills up quickly, so be sure to make a reservation. It's always a surprise as to what exactly the food will be, though having been there many times I've enjoyed the food every time! Couldn't recommend this more highly!


Fantastic! Great food (the evening I went, and I'm not a vegetarian), brilliant value, lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and fellow diners. Not the shabby crust-fest I was fearing. Love the philosophy behind it. 1 star is an snobby insult!

Daniel Robson

On 1 December 2012, food was mediocre in taste and poor in presentation. It was cheap, but nevertheless not good value. With luck you may have a different chef. Staff were friendly, but oblivious to the terrible service they provided. In particular, drinks ordered on arrival were only served after we had finished both starter and main course. Several other tables were served drinks in the interim.


A quirky, out of the ordinary place with a difference - the menu changes daily with the chefs, who often live in the square or nearby. Very reasonable prices and byo with no corkage. The food I've eaten there has varied from excellent to good home cooking. If you're lucky, you might catch an impromtu performance on the piano or a poetry reading too. One star? Come on Time Out!


Love this place! Went with friends who knew the history of the house and had a fantastic meal. There are two veggie options for each course, so no difficult decisions to make. Lovely leisurely atmosphere and we happily chatted and ate all evening. Took our own booze, so very reasonably priced. Booking is highly recommended.


One star for this absolute brilliant inspirational gem of delicious vegan/veggie cooking??? Thanks TimeOut - more room for us! You stick to articles about cutting up cows


totally amazing place... i used to live down the road and miss it terribly now:( the place is hit or miss and depending on your likes and dislikes you will find your perfect cook. the place can be bedlam at times as it gets so busy and loud... my favorite night had a piano player that just added to the marvel of the place. they also have rotating exhibitions and part of a wider community in a really amazing community. another interest is that many of the cooks change their menu every week... so it really can keep you on your toes. lunch is also a good deal and as i worked in one of the local charities it was easy to pop along with work mates. personally id recommend the organic and vegan day but ive really enjoyed other days. experiment and try every night of the week! you wont regret it.