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Black Cat

Restaurants, Vegan Clapton
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)

Time Out says

A Clapton vegan café run as a not-for-profit workers' co-operative.

The menu at this Clapton ethical and vegan cafe might be simple, but they're a top spot for budget plant-based food that's healthy too. (And there's not a glossy west-London couple in sight.) Their ever-changing salad plates feature a rotating selection of perfectly dressed kale, beetroot and pesto salads. Their smoky lentil burger (£7) is proper comfort food and we never leave without grabbing a syrupy vegan pastry from the counter. 


Address: 76 Clarence Rd
E5 8HB
Transport: Tube: Hackney Central Rail
Opening hours: Open 8am-8pm Mon, Wed-Fri; 11am-7pm Sat, Sun.
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5 out of 5 stars

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I come here often and the hype I surround it with now it reaching astronomical levels yet I've still never been disappointed. Not even for a second. 

It is sometimes ridiculously hard to find a table, but people are accommodating and you can often join other groups. The food is the best. Always fresh, always delicious, always vegan. As someone who is self-pityingly very allergic to dairy, the fact that I can have any cake and any milkshake and another cake is the dream. Even for those who are very much carnivorous and able to deal with the dairy, I deny you to try their burgers and not just be deeply satisfied. 

I passed by this cafe many times and finally decided to try it last week. I liked it so much that I went back at the weekend, not sure if it was because it was weekend and they are obviously busier but the menu was reduced to less choice. Nice atmosphere, the food is very good, portions are generous at an affordable price so overall great! The only draw back is the strong smell of food which is not too noticeable while in the cafe but then both time we ended up with clothes, jackets and hair smelling fry food which was quite unpleasant, specially if you are going elsewhere after the meal. Not sure if that is due to the lack of extractor in the kitchen but I must say this is puting me off going as often as I would like to.


At first I was hesitant about coming here, vegan cafe screams hipster to me and I'm generally not a huge fan of places that are different for the sake of being different. But Black Cat stands above the others I've been to in that its reflected in it being a workers' cooperative, and the damned good food they sell here at low prices! 

The cafe itself is well lit, with large windows that completely open up to the street to let in fresh air and make the place feel more spacious. Stools/chairs mean a fair few people can fit around the tables, and when it's good weather, people tend to eat/drink outside on the street as well.

Coffee wise it was decent, though the use of soy (or possibly almond) milk really changed the flavour of my flat white and left me a little weirded out by it. Not bad by any means, but it wasn't exactly your traditional coffee - be careful for anyone who's just craving that coffee taste! 

We also tried one of their muffins, which was also great. Sweet, slightly squidgy but still with a fluffy texture akin to a "normal" muffin, we devoured it quickly and my girlfriend wiped the paper case clean!

We didn't have a chance to try the salads/soups, but it's on the hit list to go back and do so, because they looked INCREDIBLE. Big portions, explosion of colour, and everyone around us tucked into their plates vigorously and complimented the cafe on them. 

Overall, 4 stars for the food and drink here, but given how relaxed the venue is and how clearly the ethical message shines through in their food and structure, 5 stars! 

I love Black Cat and go there at least once a week.  The food is delicious and big portions too.  They have a daily specials menu with plenty of choice with meals such as burger and chips (delicious), curry with bhajis, vegan fish and chips, salad plates, soups, pasta etc.  

There is a lovely selection of cakes and other sweet goodies too including their fabulous milkshakes made with soya or almond milk.

The staff are friendly and accommodating.  

They are getting very popular now and there is a buzzing atmosphere.

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