Please note, this venue is now closed. Time Out Eating & Drinking editors, June 2016.
Initially winning acclaim for its brunch, this cosy spot on Homerton’s fast-gentrifying Morning Lane is now a local fave for lunch and dinner too. Gone are the open-mic nights, and in has come a sharpened focus on Railroad’s eclectic, homely dishes, which run the gamut from moroccan eggs to ajo blanco. The seating options are also diverse, with diner-style tables arranged next to battered school chairs. Although the space leaves you in no doubt you’re in Hackney – an arty black and white photo of an obscure indie singer graces the wall, and craft beers line the shelves – the atmosphere is easy-going.
The meal got off to a lip-smacking start with beetroot borani. This yoghurt, beetroot and garlic purée (popularised by Moro) was taken to new heights with the addition of orange blossom. Mains were also good. Line-caught mackerel was served with a (slightly too moist) bulgar wheat, dill and yoghurt salad; and birria – a Mexican stew of pork shoulder, chipotle chillies and sweet potato – was rich and hearty.
After a break to peruse the books for sale (cookery books sit beside literary classics), we enjoyed a sensationally light yet rich Cru Virunga chocolate cake and a Square Mile espresso – the perfect end to a very civilised evening.
120-122 Morning Lane
|Opening hours:||Breakfast served 10am-3.30pm, lunch served noon-3.30pm Wed-Sun. Dinner served 7-9.30pm Wed-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Hackney Central rail|
|Price:||Main courses £10-£15.Set dinner (7-9.30pm Wed, Thur) £16 2 courses, £19.50 3 courses|
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
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It's a shame because Railroad is a nice little cafe on the surface, but turns out to be not very welcoming to mums and babies. There is nowhere to change nappies in the toilet and the owner insisted I go out onto the street to change my baby. Not cool! The coffee was decent enough but nothing special. I won't be back.
great coffee shop, especially good for working as it was a relaxing vibe, with very friendly staff and with great coffee. for eating i would recommend it much more for dinners than for breakfasts as the breakfast menu is quite limited. Definitely worth a visit.
Really good coffee. Interesting breakfasts – often with a middle-eastern flourish. The real standouts, though, are the set-menu dinners, which are really good value for generous portions. I go here often.
I fully recommend this cafe. The staff are kind and friendly, the coffee and food is delicious and there's always a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. It's an effort when I walk past not to go in, for my young son too who often asks to be taken to 'the cafe with the red door'.