Empire Café

The Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street , London, E8 1EJ

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SquareMeal Review of Empire Café

The Hackney Empire’s in-house café (the former Marie Lloyd bar) has been transformed into something out of Urban Pantry by the folks behind the Old Ship Inn a few doors down. The Empire Café shares its neighbour’s enthusiasm for ‘Great British’ produce, but presents it more casually in the form of a (sorry-looking) breakfast buffet, salad bar, carvery & selection of sandwiches & cakes. Service is largely self-service. There are some nice ingredients – Cumbrian air-dried ham & tangy Ticklemore goats’ cheese on the deli counter, for example – but it’s not all such sparkling quality. Vintage shades, funky wallpaper & an antique clock display jazz up the room somewhat, though at its core this is a functional café: good for meal deals, a pre-theatre bite & a drop of (English) wine. The strongest selling point is the sofa-filled mezzanine: as peaceful a hideaway as you’ll find in Hackney Central.

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Empire Café is recommended for

Widely Spaced Tables | Child Friendly | Breakfast

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Hackney Central Station 352m

London Fields Station 684m


Address: The Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street , London E8 1EJ

Area: Hackney Dalston

Opening times

Mon-Sun 7am-7pm

Nearby Landmarks

Hackney Empire Theatre 41m

Bullion Room Theatre 68m


Telephone: 020 8985 2424


Cuisine: Cafes

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