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This is a place the locals love, more because of the ambience than anything else. It's a great place to come by yourself, as shelves of books that stretch from ceiling to floor and communal tables ensure you'll not feel lonely. It's also good if you're with one other person, but any more than that and you'll probably find it hard to seat yourselves together, and you may end up bothering people who have come in for a quiet coffee and a read. The hot drinks here are fantastic; the chai comes in a pot with a strainer for the cloves, cardamom and cinnamon while the Moroccan mint tea might look like a glass of hot water with leaves and a cinnamon quill but tastes better than a teabag ever could.
The food is wholesome and homely, with a good range of vegetarian options and gluten-free baked goods. There is no printed menu, so take a look at the daily specials as you enter and order at the counter before you sit down. Dishes might include pumpkin and walnut risotto, mushroom and leek soup, or sweet soy chicken with broccoli and jasmine rice. Before it shifted location further up Hall Street there used to be live gypsy/Klezmer music on a Wednesday night. Keep enquiring and they might just bring it back.