The Hive of Vyner St

Bars and pubs, Café bars Bethnal Green
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Canalside organic café by day; natural wine and aperitivo bar by night.

It’s inexplicable that The Hive isn’t crammed every night. Just a few steps from Regent’s Canal, its combo of organic food, cold-pressed juices and great coffee by day, and a fresh menu of veggie aperitivo and natural wines from 5pm, make it a fine place to kick back with a laptop – or kick off a night out.

The space is minimalist but sprawling. Huge windows make it bright and airy in the day, though it could do with being cosied up a bit at night. Food-wise, we plumped for a selection of small plates. Houmous was light as a feather and moreish; as was the farinata, a traditional Italian flatbread made with chickpea flour, olive oil and salt, served warm and perfect for dipping.

The wines were the main event, though. Our knowledgeable waiter talked us through the menu, noting which were low in sulphites. (Those rumours that low-sulphite wines give less of a hangover? All true!) Highlights were a glass of La Stoppa Ageno – an aromatic, organic orange wine – and Rocco di Carpeneto Aur-Oura, a light, dangerously drinkable organic red. All the vino is sourced by owners Marco and Ilaria – they’re experts on the Northern Italian natural wine scene and it shows. With an offering this strong, quite frankly, The Hive deserves to be buzzing.

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The Hive of Vyner St says
A short bus ride from Shoreditch or stroll from Hackney Central will lead you to The Hive of Vyner Street. A modern vegetarian cafe and natural wine bar. We bring you a dining experience designed to enhance your lifestyle. All without sacrificing the pleasures of taste, texture or quality.
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Venue name: The Hive of Vyner St
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Address: 286-290 Cambridge Heath Rd
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E2 9DA
Transport: Cambridge Heath Overground
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tastemaker

There’s a real focus here on simplistic ingredients, combined to nourish and vitalise. The brunch menu excites with a varied array of organic produce put together to create an eating experience away from the norm. The slightly pretentious ‘squashdilla’ arrived as a healthy alternative to the standard quesadilla one might expect. Mouth-watering flavours of delicately roasted squash, scrambled tofu and goats cheese pleasantly surprised as an inventive flavour combination.


They say healthy eating comes at a price – with limited carbs the price certainly starts to stack up when you are tempted by one of the smoothies or cold pressed juices. Despite being arguably overpriced, the avocado and bee pollen smoothie does not disappoint. A true hipster joint worth a visit for the health conscious East London crowds.

Tastemaker

Fabulous place. Lovely young staff member last night suggested a great red wine with no sulfites. I got the veg burger, the roasted aubergine bite and a vegan chocolate and pistachio brownie for takeaway and it was all lovely. The nutty burger is perfectly formed with a great mayo sauce with it and comes with roasted, diced sweet potato and potato wedges. The bun is sprouted seed. The aubergine bite was just a taste explosion paired with a piece of blue? cheese. The brownie was surprisingly chocolatey for a vegan dessert and whilst not amazing it was still very good.

I'm dinking a star just because the background music volume, whilst pleasant at first, became overtly loud over the hour or so I was there.

I would gladly return here if in the area. There's also a whole coffee bar.

tastemaker

This is one of Bethnal Green’s little gems if you’re into healthy eating and veggie food. The space is lovely and light – it’s definitely the place to meet a friend for a spot of weekend brunch. The staff are super chilled and friendly and the place doesn’t feel pretentious. With the option of smaller tables and sharing tables, the Hive is very communal and you’re bound to bump into someone you know if living in the area or somebody cool to chat to.


The food is of course the star of the show. All natural and organic my baked tofu sandwich was delicious, as was my friend’s courgette carbonara. They serve a host of great coffees – I can vouch for the matcha latte, but next time, I’m keen to try out some of their natural wines.


Oh and did I mentioned all the healthy cakes!! 

tastemaker

Remember the smartest girl in your primary school class - the one who knows she's the best but she kind of wants to just be like everyone else, so says she got a B instead of an A++? That's kind of what the Hive of Vyner St is like.


With broad windows and minimalist design, the Hive sits just a corner away from the canal and just a 3-minute walk away from Bethnal Green; very easy to find but easy to overlook. Perhaps it's because the window reads lines like 'craft beer' or 'wine shop' when really it should read 'we do awesome healthy food come try us I double dare you'.


Incredibly friendly (albeit just as shy!) staff and a minimalist but attractive menu make this place all the greater. With a small selection of foods, you know that whatever you pick will be great and that's really true at the Hive. Even their olives, which come in a simple glass with a toothpick, are bigger and better than average. (Definitely worth ordering, the green ones are simply HUGE!) We also tested the farinata, the chickpea fritters that come warm and crisp on the outside and crumbly on the inside, and are great on their own or to dip in the smooth hummus which I'm pretty sure is made in-house - certainly tastes like it. We rounded off the meal with some organic red wine and affogato, which is an incredibly creamy Italian ice cream, served with a shot of best quality, fresh espresso, just to give you one more reason to fall in love with the place.


I wouldn't call it cosy, but the cold-ish interior design - slightly reminiscent of Ikea - works. And with friendly staff, expert menu and great drinks, there is no reason not to try the Hive. Will definitely be returning to sample some cold pressed juices. 


Gosh, left feeling so clean and healthy - ugh! Hand me a pint!


There is nothing like The Hive in East London! Coffee is great and you can always treat yourself with some lovely vegan desserts that won't make you feel guilty afterwards (I personally recommend the raw cashew and pistachio brownie with ice cream and the carrot cake as well). Perfect for a chilled Aperitivo with a glass of biodynamic wine, vegan pizza bites, activated almonds, olives and good music. My 5 stars also go to the staff there always kind and friendly. The Hive's plus? Ask for Matteo's Negroni!

tastemaker

Laid black daytime cafe/evening bar with simple decor in the East end, great for Sunday brunch if you are tying to escape the crowds or if you want to grab a flat white before a run along Regent’s canal. The menu has the usual brunch suspects on offer including avocado on toast (topped with cumin seeds and rocket) or smoked salmon on sourdough toast. If you fancy something a bit different, the Hyve can probably tempt you with a matcha latte coupled with an acai bowl (homemade buckwheat granola, coconut and pumpkin seeds, macadamia and hazelnuts).


The hive has a good selection of quality wines available and I personally enjoy their menu a lot. They get my vote.


Best selection of vegan foods in the local area. Definitely would recommend....


The owners are always in such a good mood! Always puts a smile on my face to walk in.


Loved this venue for courtesy and kindness of the owners and for good wine!


mi piace molto questo locale per la gentilezza e cortesia del personale e la qualità del cibo e dei vini


My favourite local coffee shop! Clean and stylish interiors, good music, superb coffee and food. Love.


This place was recommended to me by a friend of mine and it was a good surprise indeed. Wonderful wine list, with an interesting selection of italian's skin contact too. Prices are very reasonable. Well done.


Lucky enough to have The Hive on the doorstep of my office. Best coffee in town!


The food is incredible and the staff are lovely. Great place for a wine and cheese with friends.