Much more than a place to eat and drink!

Our Community Cafe is open to the public, serving a range of hot and cold drinks and freshly prepared meals and snacks throughout the day, 7 days a week. We also serve a daily lite bite option for £2.50!

Our emphasis is on good healthy food at affordable prices. To see what’s on offer please view the cafe menu poster and a light-bites-sample-menu.

The restaurant is situated on the ground floor of YMCA Walthamstow, making it fully accessible and very child friendly.

Little ones are catered for with plenty of high chairs and a free soft play area.

Customers can also enjoy access to free WIFI.

The café hosts a variety of activities and events, from book fayres to art and crafts activities to health and wellbeing workshops. We have something for everyone!

So whether you are looking for somewhere to just relax and enjoy a coffee, a hot meal or a Sunday roast with all the trimmings, then pop along to your local café in the heart of Walthamstow.

You will also have the added bonus of knowing that with every cup of Fairtrade coffee, bowl of homemade soup or salad you enjoy, you will be supporting our work with vulnerable local people.

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Christmas Lunch Menu

Available 11 – 22 December* 

Starters & Salads

(V) Carrot & Corriander Soup
Chicken Liver, Clementine & Cranberry Tart with Mixed Leaves & House Dressing
(V) Gluten-Free Kale Pastry encasing Brie & Sweet Beetroot Chutney Tart
Served with Balsamic Dressing

Main Courses

Roast Norfolk Turkey with Roast Potatoes, Pigs in Blanket, Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls and a Tarragon Jus
Pan-fried Fillet of Salmon with Lemongrass Butter Sauce
(V) Quinoa, Walnut & Parsnip Loaf with Pepper Coulis


Roasted Potatoes
Barton Carrots
Brussels sprouts


Individual Christmas pudding with Custard/Brandy Sauce
Chocolate & Orange Fondant served with Vanilla Ice Cream
Fresh Fruit Salad served with Lemon Sorbet

* must be pre-booked. For bookings please contact Al Kolley on

A Choice of 3 starters, mains and deserts:

Main Course: £10.95, 2 Courses: £12.95 & 3 Courses: £14.95


Opening times

The Community Café is open:

Monday – Friday: 7.30am – 7.00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 7.30am – 2.00pm

15% discount for gym members

Gym members get 15% discount on selected drinks and food in the YMCA Community Café (excludes pre-packaged items and seasonal offers like Christmas lunch).

Contact us

YMCA East London
642 Forest Road
Walthamstow E17 3EF

T 020 8509 4600