Yorks Bakery Cafe | Colmore Business District
I had arranged to meet a good friend for breakfast early on Saturday. I thought it would be easy to find somewhere in Britain’s second city that offered a nice breakfast menu, but every venue that I checked didn’t open until 10am. Then I remembered a tweet I had seen mentioning the launch of a new independent called Yorks Bakery Cafe. I was delighted to find it opened at 8am and so I went to visit the latest independent coffee shop in Birmingham.
The location of the cafe could not have been better. It is a few minutes’ walk from New Street Station, in Newhall Street and very easy to find as it is on the corner of the street.
As it was early there were a few customers visiting for take-out and a couple staying in. I really liked the urban feel of Yorks Bakery Cafe – the furniture and decor is very ‘New York loft apartment.’ As soon as you walked through the door you’re hit by the relaxed feel; it’s definitely a place you could while away a few hours reading or doing some work.
I thought that there might have been a bit more of a selection for breakfast than what was available. But having said that, what they did have looked very tempting. Whilst we were deciding what to have they suggested a couple of quiches. This is something that generally tends to be on the menu later in the day. We also decided to sample the honey cake with blueberries, biscotti with apricots and macaroons.
It wasn’t long before our quiches arrived and they were delicious; just the right amount of crunch in the pastry. Just add bacon and I could definitely see this being on the breakfast menu in future. We really enjoyed the honey cake, biscotti and macaroons too.
We both had lattes with our breakfast and I think this is the nicest I have tried in a long time, strong and creamy. We also tried their jasmine green tea. I personally wasn’t keen on it, but my friend enjoyed it. If you are into tea, there is a huge selection for you to choose from.
Nothing was too much trouble, even when we requested something a little more substantial than the lovely pastries that were on offer. Of course it was only day two, so let’s hope this is the level of service that can still be expected from the team now that the cafe is in full swing.
I’ll definitely be visiting Yorks Bakery Cafe next time I am in Birmingham. The service was very friendly and helpful. We paid a little over £10 for our breakfast, which I thought was excellent value for the quality of food and coffee we had. Since our visit I have seen more tempting breakfast options via their twitter feed, which I am pleased about. I guess each day will be different and that could very well make this independent stand out from the stiff competition.
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