|Monday - Sunday||10:00 - 23:00|
|Budget||Great Value (£15 - £30)|
|Nearest Station||Hackney Wick|
Hackney Wick Overground Station 100 meters (1 stop to Stratford). Bus 276 or 588 (Berkshire Road) Bus 236 (Eastway) Bus 26, 388, 488 (Trowbridge Road) Bus 30, N26 (St. Mary of Eton Church)
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
The Hackney Pearl is a beautiful and cosy café and bar located in the creative heart of Hackney Wick. An easy place to pass the time, The Pearl has a comfortably familiar feel, even on a first visit. The décor features a beautiful tiled bar, a great collection of vintage formica tables, books on art and food to read while enjoying your beautifully made coffee and a big front terrace – the perfect place to enjoy a pint or a cocktail when the sun comes out.
With 20 years hospitality experience including five years front of house at St John, a year with the management team at The Garrison in Bermondsey and cooking stints in Sydney’s Rockpool and Bathers Pavilion, proprietor James Morgan has had plenty of time to plan the place he is proud to call his own. As he is also a fine art graduate, so Hackney Wick seemed the perfect location for it. Inspired by both the cafes and bars of his home town Melbourne and his love of English pubs, we think he’s found a perfect balance.
The drinks list features Greenwich brewed Meantime Beers, well made classic cocktails, locally roasted Square Mile coffee and an eclectic wine list that is also available to take home. The delicious menu, which is rooted in English cooking, with strong Mediterranean influences features lots of fresh seasonal produce, cooked simply but well. Paninis, salads and brunch style dishes are on offer at lunchtime, with more substantial dishes appearing in the evenings and at weekends. All produce is sourced as locally and ethically as possible.
Like a diamond in the rough, The Hackney Pearl's tucked into an unassuming part of East London. There's not much else in the immediate vicinity so you're less likely to stumble across it unless you're specifically in the area but that's why we like it. A cafe-cum-restaurant that's open all day to serve light lunches and lagers right through to a slap up three course supper. They pride themselves on sourcing food (and drink) locally so expect to see seasonal dishes on the menu and hearty ingredients. We liked the friendly service (not too intrusive but down to earth enough for a chat) and the atmosphere that had people popping in and out on a balmy evening. Whilst not the first destination that may pop into your head, the Pearl's a real little beauty.