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The Gallery Café

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4 out of 5 stars
(25user reviews)
The Gallery Café

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Vegetarian and vegan café that’s part of community charity St Margaret’s House. The live events calendar includes film screenings and music. 


Venue name: The Gallery Café
Address: 21
Old Ford Road
E2 9PJ
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Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

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  • 5 star:13
  • 4 star:5
  • 3 star:4
  • 2 star:3
  • 1 star:0
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The Gallery Cafe is nice and convenient to my office for the occassional meeting with a client or the occassional evening event. The food is a bit overpriced but they do have tasty cupcakes. Service is a bit hit and miss and the staff are sometimes not the friendliest...


A very busy cafe in the weekends with customers hovering for a table to become available. It's great that there is a homely vegan cafe located near Bethnal Green however I wouldn't go back. Very basic food that is over-priced. I order a falafel wrap which had two small falafel balls, a teaspoon of hummus and a lot of iceberg lettuce... I believe this was £7.50! The menu states this; Chickpea falafel and hummus paired with refreshing tzatziki, red cabbage and a gentle kick of heat from pickled chillies. This is not what I got. Very disappointed and a tad confused why it would be so busy for an over-rated place. 


The atmosphere is wonderful (although the cafe is overcrowded on the weekends). The food is promising (although some of it veers on the bland side). A good cafe that could be great. 

A peaceful place to work in during the day whilst drinking excellent coffees and eating great quality fresh food. As a regular I would say that their Gado Gado dish with tempeh is still one of my favourites of all times together with their tasty vegan burger. Cool events too in the evenings with regular gigs, poetry open mics and quirky film screenings. A did I mention the art exhibitions? They too need taking a look! It's little details like these that make a great cafe what it is. A rare find with friendly vibes, and so many sides to enjoy. I couldn't recommend more.

I have been visiting the lovely Gallery Cafe for over 5 years. The relaxed ambience, beautiful views of the gardens and delicious vegan/veggie food make for a brilliant place to spend a lazy afternoon or catch up with some vegan friends (even though I'm a devoted meat-eater). Best of all, the cafe is part of St Margaret's House, which does great work in the community.

I absolutely adore this place and the selection of vegan food, tasty and yummy for non-vegan too. Lovely place although service is often slow :)

Fab veggie quesedillas, mezze and cakes. Friendly staff, inside and outside space and very handy for Bethnal Green tube. A winner!


Once again, solid veg food: I got the Gado Gado Chao, an Indonesian peanut and lime sauce with a stirfry of tempeh, broccoli, bok choy, carrot, red onion, bean shoots, rice and coriander. It's a massive portion for £8.5 and the sauce is delicious. I also got the refreshing green giant juice -kale, lemon and apple sans cucumber. The garden is lovely as well, with chairs and tables and benches scattered about on a lively backyard. 

But Jesus the cashier's attitude sucks. It's like she hates being there. The staff generally also ignore you until you practically flag them down. 

Also the maca ball is dry and tasteless. Avoid.

I got the vegan burger with cheese last time and it was quite good. However, same shitty staff attitude. 

Here's my review for the first time I was there:

Very good veggie burger- nice flavour in the mix of tofu and breadcrumbs. I got the shredded dairy cheese as a topping which only enhanced it. The 70% chocolate covered date ball is a perfect treat as it's not too rich. The garden is also a nice spot, peaceful and very green, with chairs and tables scattered about. 

Minus two stars for the indifferent attitudes of the staff. 


I can’t understand how this place seems to be always full. Although the ambiance is quite nice, with big room and outside area, the staff always seems to be in a bad mood. Some of the times I went the meal took forever to be ready, and not once it was truly good – it is because of places like this that people think vegetarian/vegan food has no taste.
The idea of a community café is really nice but after a few tries I definitely gave up on the place.

Great atmosphere, friendly service, delicious vegan food. A local community treasure.


My friend and I were slightly apprehensive at the idea of going in a vegan cafe - however we had no need to be concerned as this whole experience was perfectly on point. This cafe could easily be like your friend's house with a magical, bunting-ridden, green garden out the back that feels a million miles from the city of London that is in fact just down the road! There is also indoors seating and a few tables out the front with a church view. I ordered a curry, whilst my friend had the shepherds pie - there was some delay in service between the two dishes arriving - but both were presented excellently and tasted divine. My meat loving friend even said she would happily give up meat if all veggie food tasted that good!

A beautiful cafe with a lovely terrace and garden, great food and delicious coffee. Unfortunately the friendly efforts of some staff are overshadowed by an extremely unfriendly member of staff who makes you want to apologies for placing and order in the first place. Sadly, she ruins the entire atmosphere of Gallery Cafe and I will be sure to avoid the place when she is around. 

Really nice place and very informal environment. It serves excellent coffee and food is generally good even if you are not vegetarian.

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