Digbeth is a place on the move. For many of you who have frequented the Custard Factory and the surrounding area over the years, many cafe-type places have come and gone!
Yet, this is changing. With friendly places like Yumm and Fazeley Social having been established and familiar fixtures for a number of years, and with the likes of Digbeth Dining Club through to Edible Eastside amongst others, Digbeth is hip and happening with a great independent ethos.
So with all that Digbeth has to offer, two new places have opened to add to the indie ethos that exists here.
The Greenhouse Cafe
Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth B9 4AA
Open for a number of months now, the Greenhouse Cafe occupies a prominent space in the Custard Factory. Rosie Backen, the cafe’s young and driven owner, has done a cracking job, embracing the local community and working alongside businesses in the Custard Factory, to make the Greenhouse Cafe part of the fabric of everyday life in the Custard Factory.
The atmosphere is welcoming whether as a place to chill, to work, to hold events. The decor is full of vintage and old-school features with lots of light and many bright colours. With Chairs, sofas, wooden tables and stools – there’s a place to sit whatever your mood requires, and there’s wifi and a number of powerpoints to plug in as required.
As for the coffee, The Greenhouse Cafe is the latest Brum establishment to rock out with Has Bean and does so through a La Marzocco – Linea machine.
For the tea drinkers amongst you, be sure to try their teas from local independent Char Wallah (whose shop is in the Pavillions)
They have have an extensive food offering, including hot and cold options from brunch, to lunch to a BBQ in the Summer.
Hint – in the mood for indulgence, try their peanut butter chocolate cake. Whilst I don’t know the exact name – it’s one of the best sweet things I’ve tasted in Brum.
The Old Crown Coffee Club
Head out of the Custard Factory and turn left and The Old Crown Inn needs little introduction. It is the oldest pub in Birmingham and the old period decor, wooden panels, chairs and relaxed atmosphere provides a lovely background for their new venture. At one end, we have the pub, at the other … The Old Crown Coffee Club, open since May.
This isn’t just a quirk. Sit with a coffee amidst the Tudor beans and panels and you get a sense of the history and tradition of this building. It’s a complete about-turn to the stripped down, quasi-industrial workshop looks of many of an indie establishment that you find in London, for example.
For those wanting a breakfast, these guys offer a large selection of traditional offerings alongside a lunch menu. Bread is supplied through The Bread Collection and all cakes and pastries are made in house by their Patisserie chef, Joanne!
Wifi is also readily available and there are power points.
So, The Old Crown was already a part of Brummie tradition. It’s now most definitely part of Brummie’s indie coffee tradition.
** Since the writing of this article back in July, it was extremely sad to hear of the news that Greenhouse Cafe shut its doors at the start of this week. Greenhouse Cafe’s owner Rosie worked tirelessly to reach out to the Digbeth community and it was an excellent spot in the heart of Digbeth!