Pogo Cafe

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Pogo Cafe has been a great vegan place. Sadly, as from this moment, it has to close down due to financial difficulties.

Dear Pogo: we will remember how you stood tall in Hackney. Thank you to all who volunteered at some point, and also to those who came and enjoyed this very special project.

On Sunday 1st August it will open from 11-5pm for the last Sunday roast. Please come if you can and help us give this unique café a good send off... :-(

The good news is that the place is not to be lost as a vegan space in Hackney, and many of the ethical alternative values that Pogo embodied are going to be renewed in a new vegan project that will open sometime by mid or end of September 2013. Like the Phoenix, the best of Pogo will live on.
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Scott Londondweller
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5
Saturday, August 31, 2013

Pogo is a volunteer-run 'non-hierarchical' (their description not mine) organisation of dedicated individuals open Wed-Sundays 11AM to 9PM serving vegan dishes and snacks in an 'alternate' ambiance.

In short, you can go in and hang out, use the free Wifi, check out the revolutionary library, and reactionary wall posters ( & changing art exhibits) while being delighted by such varying dishes of the day as 'Goldfinger' or 'Dr. No' for £6.95. Or a more pedestrian but delicious, nourishing spicy cauliflower soup, which equates to something like the 'workers special' for £3. Organic exotic teas to choose from by the boatload and excellent coffee.

Well worth a visit. Also highly recommended to 'shake up' aging parents, grandparents and especially in-laws who will suddenly be transported back to the dim days of their youth when they had (the briefest) visions of changing the world, only in this instance, leave the establishment feeling pleasantly sated, with any anxiety about horse meat burgers left at the front door.
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Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Friendly people, delicious milkshakes, very satisfying meals and a temperamental cake selection - they always keep me guessing!!

Really recommend the soup of the day - since the chefs change, there is PLENTY of variety.
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Nick
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Sunday, January 15, 2012

A shame to see a venue that has gone dowhill so much. The food is nowhere near the quality of how it used to be and it's clear the new group who are running things (some sort of animal rights people) know nothing about running a restaurant. I went there because my partner suggested we "give it another try". We both agreed this was the last time.
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Mike
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 1 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 1
Friday, September 09, 2011

Went to Pogo Cafe with friends for an early dinner on Sunday 19th June 2011 and loved it! The roast dinner was just brilliant - the gluten-free nut roast was moist and tasty, served with rosemary roast potatoes, steamed carrots and greens and a hot boat of flavoursome gravy - these guys can cook! It took a little while to come but that was understandable as it was very busy, but we weren't in a hurry. We were made to feel so welcome and comfortable by the friendly waiter who couldn't do enough for us that we stayed for three hours! I followed my dinner later on with a heavenly coffee-chocolate shake. Yum. Well impressed. :o)
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L
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Thursday, June 23, 2011

I went here the other day and I just can't believe how downhill it has gone. The food is just nowhere near as good as it used to be and it now takes even longer to arrive! The service is just abysmal; the girl on the till was so rude and inattentive I nearly walked out before the food arrived. The menu is small and offers little choice, which is unforgivable considering the range of food served by other, more easily accessible vegan eateries in London. My advice: go to one of those instead.
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Overall rating 2 stars
Food 2 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 2
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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