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  • 020 8985 7091
  • 76 Clarence Road, E5 8HP
  • @BlackCatHackney
  • Weekdays 12-8pm (closed Tuesday), Weekends 11am-7pm

Co-operatively run vegan cafe, located at the former Pogo Cafe.

Like it's previous incarnation, there is a small selection of cookery and vegan lifestyle books. The atmosphere is less politically charged, however there are still animal rights and other political leaflets, including one entitled "Kittens" (a tract about Marxist thought on capitalism illustrated with photographs of kittens) available alongside free newpapers. There are two chillers with a small selection of vegan drinks, and one for take away groceries stocked with sausages, cheeses and other goodies. The cafe is bright and airy, and the sofas have been replaced with basic wooden tables, creating more seating space.

Bec visited late September shortly after it reopened, and sat for an hour or so with a friend over a basic tea (1). Soya, almond, rice, and oat milk were available. The cafe was pretty quiet and like at the Pogo cafe, there was no rush to move us along. Free wifi is available using the password 3DF75C06EI.

On a busier afternoon visit in November, the weekend breakfast menu offered a "fry-up" version including tofu scramble, mushrooms, sausage, and beans (7) and a "healthy" version with porridge and fruit, however the menu was being taken down for the evening meals as I ordered. The menu varies from day to day, featuring a selection of standard salads, burgers and soups [sample menu from 20 November 2013]. I ordered a carrot cake with vanilla cream (2.50)[photo]. It was dense and moist, excellent vanilla cream that was not overpoweringly sugary. I also had a hot chocolate (2.30)

Child-friendliness: One highchair available and nappy wipes in the toilet.

Accessibility: One small step to get in; step-free throughout. The toilet is step-free but very cramped.

Bec's verdict: I would happily return to sample a main as well as more cake.

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