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At the heart of English folk
Cecil Sharp House cafe counter in action

Cafe and bar

Eat and drink

A delicious range of hot soups, main meals, light bites, tapas and bagels as well as homemade cakes and melt in the mouth brownies are available throughout the day in the cafe. The menu changes daily offering seasonal, freshly made choices to satisfy all appetites.

Each day our talented in-house chef prepares a mouthwatering selection of hot meals including a vegetarian option. Our current favourite ‘winter warmers’ include smoky fish pie, a hearty beef stew packed with vegetables and gorgeous vegetable chilli with all the trimmings. If you would rather just ‘grab and go’ we offer tasty bagels, empanadas, our famous sausage rolls, pesto and goat’s cheese tarts hot paninis.

If you’d prefer something different or you have any special dietary requirements please do contact us ahead of your visit as we can prepare something special just for you. We also now stock soya milk and gluten free-bread so just ask our friendly team.

The bar is open from for all evening performances, public events and dances and serves locally brewed cask ale and lager. We recommend the Battersea brewed Wandle ale from Sambrook Brewery, golden and sweet with a lingering bitterness, it’s a perfect partner to our delicious menu. We also have a fantastic range of Camden Town Brewery’s bottled beers and a great selection of spirits and wines.


Reservations for pre-concert/dance evening meals

You can pre-order food and drink before events. We can reserve a place for you in the cafe and will be able to serve you promptly before the event begins. With a little advanced warning, our great chefs can accommodate any dietary requirements. To make a reservation contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Opening hours

Please note that during the Kennedy Hall refurbishment (January - April 2016), opening times will vary. Please call 0207 485 2206 ext 230 to check opening hours.

Day: Cafe (only)
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, opening times vary (please call +44 (0)20 7485 2206 to check)

Evening: Cafe and bar
Monday, closed
Tuesday - Sunday, 6 - 11pm
Please note food service finishes at 9.30pm

If you require a catering service outside of these hours please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Planning a party or event?

If you are an event organiser and would like to arrange food and drink for your event please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0207 241 8954.

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