Food & Drink

Pastries by Day, Poems by Night

Coffee at The Poetry Cafe

A Quick Bite

Sweet or savoury, fresh or home-made: we have cakes, flapjacks, crisps, nuts, popcorn and fruit on offer, and there’s always a gluten-free / vegan option or two. Guinness Chocolate cake is one of our favourites.

Come for lunch

During the day, we offer light vegetarian meals including soup, mezze and a cheese sandwich – drop in to check the soup of the day.

Something to drink?

Our coffee is organic and Fairtrade certified, and we have a range of herbal and caffeinated loose-leaf teas. Our soft drinks are made in Dalston and Hackney, and we can also pour you a beer, a glass of wine or a selection of spirits.

Poetry Café offers light vegetarian fare including soups and stews, a mezze plate, cheese sandwich with gourmet crisps, and beautiful cakes and flapjacks.

Food is available throughout the day and evening as are other snacks such as fresh fruit, crisps, and popcorn or mixed nuts. 

We serve Honest Coffee – locally roasted and Fairtrade certified – as well as a diverse selection of loose-leaf teas. We have unique sodas made in Dalston and Hackney, among other beverages, red and white wine, and a selection of beers and spirits.


Soups of the day, served with bread and butter  £5.20
Mezze Plate £7.00
Cheese Sandwich with crisps  £4.50
Flapjack / Cake £2/£3.50
Popcorn / Assorted Nuts  £2.00
Other items which change daily   


Tea / coffee £2.00
Small pot of tea (large selection of loose leaf) £2.50
Large pot of tea £4.50
Cappuccino / Latté / Americano / Moccachino £2.50 / 2.70
Flat White £2.20
Espresso / Double Espresso £2.00 / 2.20
Hot chocolate £2.50
Sparkling or still water (bottle) £1.50
Dalston Cola, Ginger Fiyah, Lemonade £2.50
Square Root Soda Range  £2.50
Apple / Orange / Grapefruit / Cranberry juice £2.00

Alcoholic Drinks

House wine (glass / bottle) £5.00 / £20.00
Cabernet Sauvignon £6.00 / £22.00
Bottled beers:  Pilsner Urquell / Asahi £4.00
Guinness / Camden Pale Ale £5.00
Spirits (single / double) plus mixer £6.50 / £8.50