The Waiting Room – Vegan Grub in Deptford

I thought it was about time I got out of the house and blogged about something else, other than this rotten illness that has kindly been bestowed on me by the powers that be! So, last Saturday Alex and I decided to head out for a fun-filled day in Deptford. ‘Eh, what’s in Deptford?’, I hear you say… Well, I’ll have you know that it may not be everyone’s number one choice for a London day out, but we discovered a little gem of a place called ‘The Waiting Room‘ that will definitely have us going back for more!

On the day that I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I immediately adopted a vegan diet. I’d toyed with the idea a lot in the past, but decided that this was as good a time as any, so that was that. There wasn’t a last (meat) supper or anything – just a straight swap, and it wasn’t all that hard because I had a lot of other things on my mind. It certainly helped that Alex became a culinarily vegan whizz overnight. Nothing better than your own personal chef! I shall bake him cakes in return, don’t worry. Eating out, on the other hand, has become a whole lot trickier.

Anyway, we found ourselves at The Waiting Room because I was missing the foods that I used to eat and was in need of a little ‘junk food’, to get me back on track. The Waiting Room is a vegetarian cafe, which offers plenty of vegan options. Veganism has never been so easy! You just choose what you like from the menu and say ‘make it vegan’ and they’ll pretty much deal with the rest. Now, that’s my kind of place – no stress over whether or not you can eat something. Just let them take care of the finer details, sit back, relax and stuff your face full of lovely food.

It’s not just vegetarian and vegans that are catered for here. The Waiting Room also offers gluten free alternatives, and I hear they do pretty darned good coffee too. I had my eye on a few more cakes and treats, but we had already gone a little overboard… All for blog research purposes naturally! I noted that they also serve amazing-looking Brick Lane Bagels… Mmmm, bagels.

The staff are all pretty hip in this establishment (like myself, obvs), and even though there was a queue for the whole time we were there, they got on with things quickly and didn’t seem flustered in the slightest. Alex and I had obviously got far too used to inflated food prices in fancy carnivore restaurants, and were pretty surprised with the total bill. The food here does not cost you the earth… What’s not to love!

We kicked off with these bad boys – I went for a Caramel Milkshake and Alex had ‘Bloody Kevs Bloody Berry’! 

The Waiting Room

Looks aren’t everything… This Hot Dawg was pretty tasty.

Vegan Hot Dog

We did prefer the burger though…

Vegan Burger

Ermergerd! This Brownie was epic… I told you we ate a lot.

Vegan Brownie

The Waiting Room

More food please…

Vegan Cafe

The ones that got away… We’ll be back for you – don’t worry.


As for the area, Deptford is slowly improving and small businesses, just like this place, are definitely helping, but these things do take time. Don’t let that stop you paying them a visit though, because you’ll be missing out on a real treat. After we ate, we took a stroll and spent some time (and a little money) on some artwork at the Cockpit Arms Open Studios, who had opened their doors to the public, as part London Craft Week. By the time we got home I was pretty worn out. Unfortunately, my current health status doesn’t seem to carry me as far as it used to, but I had such a great day it was worth being totally wiped out for!

Until next time x


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2 Responses

  1. Brenda May 20, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Glad you had a great day. You deserve it
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  2. Sarah may May 21, 2015 / 12:09 am

    Love this! So glad there is delish vegan food out there for you to enjoy babes x
    Love reading your blogs, a smile they always produce x
    Take care xx

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