Coal House Café

The Coal House Café is open daily for delicious home made breakfasts, brunches and lunches, with a good range of vegetarian and vegan options. We serve excellent coffee and homemade seasonal food with locally-sourced ingredients.  Please be patient when we are busy as all dishes are made to order!

The Cafe opens every day 9am–5pm (final kitchen orders at 3.30pm) during British Summer Time.

Please enter via The West Gate, off the New River Path.  (Unfortunately, you cannot enter Woodberry Wetlands directly from Lordship Road).

Coal House Cafe (credit Penny Dixie)


Coal House Cafe Menu 

Children’s Menu

Please also check the board for our home made soup of the day and other daily specials.

Ethical eating

The Coal House Café, managed by London Wildlife Trust, serves visitors to Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve. We are committed to offering a good selection of healthy and filling dishes and also providing allergen-free, vegetarian and vegan options, including homemade vegetarian soups, plus gluten-free bread and vegan spread, at no extra cost.

Where possible we use local suppliers and support small businesses, such as Liberty Coffee from Wood Green, Baldwins Butchers on Green Lanes and Breid Bakers, our sourdough baker from the East End. We even sell honey from The Local Honeyman, some of which is collected from hives on the reserve.

We encourage customers to consume our food and drinks in or outside the café, however, if you wish to take away your drinks, we use Vegware – compostable containers made from plants. Hackney Council accepts Vegware packaging in its compost waste collection service.

If you bring your own takeaway cup we offer double loyalty card stamps!

We are committed to developing our menu, ensuring we stay current with changes in legislation, food culture and changing dietary requirements for a healthy lifestyle.

We provide health and wellbeing support as part of our standard employment package for our staff. Beyond this, we work hard to demonstrate our commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace, and place a strong emphasis on providing a positive, progressive and supportive working culture.

All profits generated by the Coal House Café are invested back into the running of the Woodberry Wetlands, conservation by London Wildlife Trust, and continuing free public access to the Wetlands.