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The Calabash of Culture

21 Sydenham Road, London SE26 5EX, England
+44 7718 480821
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  • Excellent86%
  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
21 Sydenham Road, London SE26 5EX, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I have visited the cafe once before as I was curious as to what the food would be like. Well I was back since and that says it all. I am very fussy eater and only eat high quality of foods and this place met...More

Thank Eva V
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Ah this place is a hidden gem! It was the first of what I hope to be many visits. The food is seriously delicious and packed with flavour. I had the mushroom stroganoff and sweet potato curry with quinoa and three scrumptious salads. The portion...More

Thank Gilda K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been here on several occasions alone and with my partner and they honestly serve the most amazing food! The fact it is vegan is of course a big plus, however it is honestly amazingly tasty and makes you feel so good so also...More

Thank Gertie F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely vegan food and lovely atmosphere. Being extra critical the food could've had a little more seasoning but still very enjoyable. The staff and owner were very friendly and the decor is really cool. Thank you, will be returning :)

Thank Stephanie F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Super nice and friendly people, great lunch, tasteful healthy drinks and amazing cakes. I've been many times at Calabash last year for lunch breaks or snacks and I just love this place.

Thank Domiziana C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came on Friday with a few friends before heading to the theatre at Sydenham Community Centre. Have been a few times now to The Calabash and has been excellent every time. Lovely cosy setting, and delicious food that feels like it's doing you some good....More

Thank Sam B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very delicious & varied dishes, highly recommend for everyone, tasty tasty. I had the large plate comprising a main, salads and grains. All complimenting of each other. Great experience and super value for ££. Cheers Calabash 😍😍😍

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time coming here with me (a vegan) and my boyfriend who is non vegan and we both loves it, the service was impeccable, food was delicious and the music and whole theme/vibe was so chilled and nostalgic, definitely recommend and would come back!

Thank Lateefah B
Reviewed 31 October 2017

This is a jewel. My friend who is a meat eater told me about this place, Even though she loves her meat she was blown away by the food here. My first impression was 'wow', the decor, the furniture, the ambience, not to mention the...More

1  Thank donnajH9203NE
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

This place came highly recommended by a friend. I ate there for the first time last night and it exceeded my expectations. The decor is beautiful, we were welcomed by Daniel, our waiter, he is the epitome of great customer service, very welcoming, polite and...More

1  Thank Tia B
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31 March 2017|
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Response from TheCalabashOfCulture | Property representative |
Good Afternoon Angeline, We 'can' accomodate a booking for a table for 10, all we ask is a deposit of £5 per person to confirm the booking, a minimum of 7 days prior. thanks for your interest in us and hope to meet you... More
Aviral J
28 February 2017|
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Response from Ken M | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is a pure veggie restaurant - a vegan restaurant
Alan P
29 October 2016|
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Response from Larome83 | Reviewed this property |
If you are at all put off by Vegan or Vegetarian - this is the place to change your opinion. The food is incredible and my very carnivore husband absolutely loves it - he never feels as though he has missed out. Generous... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$16
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Sydenham Road, London SE26 5EX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 7718 480821
  • E-mail
The Calabash of Culture is A creative social environment promoting local artistry & cultural diversity of the community- encouraging a healthier lifestyle, serving gourmet natural foods. A delightful mixture of bean dishes, curries, and stews, with tasty fresh salads and irresistible desserts. Soothies to soothe away ailment - from migraine to indigestion, Fresh juice with all its nutritional value i.e no water added. B.Y.O.B for evening dining.
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