Guest blogger Andy Hare’s appreciation of Parisian-inspired Madeleine

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We welcome guest blogger Andy Hare to Coffee Birmingham to offer up his appreciation of Madeleine.

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Question: Can artisan coffee house Madeleine conjour up images of a Parisian Cafe? 

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I have been meaning to visit Madeleine in The Cube, part of The Mailbox in Birmingham City Centre for a while.

So on a Saturday, my wife and I ventured into Cafe Madeleine and entered a relaxed, inviting space, full of atmosphere and great food and coffee.

Cafe Madeleine is a smart and chilled place, reminiscent of a Parisian Cafe, but with a English twist. It has a chandelier and  a very large bouquet of fresh flowers that you pass as you walk in.

At the entrance you notice the fresh bread on the shelves, it has its own bakery and makes its cakes and bread in house.

What makes Madeleine different to other artisan coffee houses is that it provides such superb salads, and hot food as well as cakes, as the counter full of food demonstrates.

Madeleine has a counter service, you order at the till and then your food is delivered to the table. This works really well as you can choose what you would like and how much.

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One of the first challenges of ordering at Madeleine is deciding what to eat. We decided to go with a fresh salad to begin with some fresh orange juice and then have a coffee with some cake to follow.

I decided upon a mixture of 3 salads for £7. I had two vegetarian salads, Pumpkin and ricotta x2 and a mixed grilled veg and mixed bean salad. Both were delicious, fresh and large, with a real flavour of the ingredients, both thoughtful and well sourced, which I enjoyed.

The orange juice was lovely too, freshly squeezed and went well with the vegetarian salad.

Afterwards, we ordered two cappuccinos from their artisan coffee list and a chocolate brownie to share.


The coffee was a generous size, well made, with a good coffee blend and strength. The froth was the right consistency and it came over as being authentically Parisian in its strength and look. It was a good cappuccino.

The brownie was beautiful, one of the best I’ve tasted in Birmingham. It had a good chocolatey flavour, rich, but delicate and not too heavy, with good chocolate pieces. It complimented the cappuccino well.

The service is relaxed and friendly. Madeleine is affordable, good value for the quality on offer and a bit different to other coffee shops in Birmingham. It is a good place for lunch, or mid afternoon cake. It is also open for breakfasts. The coffee is lovely.

Cafe Madeleine is well recommended for its relaxing air and lovely food and coffee. It has charming  Parisian style with a Birmingham twist.

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About Andy:
My name is Andy Hare.
I write a vegetarian food and dining blog called
Veggie Foodie www.vegiefoodie.com.  I love coffee shops for their atmosphere and and have a regular slot on my blog called #Coffeetime where I review and promote independent coffee shops in Birmingham and beyond.
Twitter: @andydhare