Sure, it's not perfect. This is fashionable Hackney and when your author dropped in on Saturday a light breakfast was £7.50 and there were four types of coffee on the menu and no tea (On further questioning, it was revealed that there "might" be some Assam somewhere, which was good when it came). The surroundings were comfortable and it offered a great place for some enjoyable conversation and a chance to watch the world go by. Clearly, however, not everyone agrees, as on a shelf above the table a book on London's best coffee shops revealed a passive-aggressive customer's rants on the page reviewing the Hackney Pearl, with complaints underlined in red ink of slow service and poor wine. This was not your author's experience, however, and the food and single-choice fancy tea were served quickly by attentive staff, without wine.
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