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Upstairs, inside and street-side, around a large communal table, at benches or tables for two, this used to be one of the best coffee and light lunch places in the city. A few ownership changes brought a few ups, but mostly downs until the latest new face – the young chef George Falconer and a young team behind the coffee machine – began turning things round. Now it's once again heart-starting a large, early morning coffee hit-and-run brigade and attracting an eclectic crowd of office workers, shopping mums, alternates, youngies and oldies for lunch and in-betweens.
There's always a good selection of cakes and biscuits to enjoy while reading the newspapers and a blackboard displays the daily specials. These are often comprised variously of simple bruschettas and salads, running to heart-warming soups (like creams of parsnip) to wintery braises, egg and bacon pie and Asian-accented stir-fries. Servings are generous, there's a small, well-priced wine list to help things go down and the service is casual and… well, casual.