Meander through pots, plants and every shade of green via an unassuming opening in the York Road to discover this thoroughly chilled-out spot. Sharing a courtyard and ethos with a neighbouring deli and organic farm shop, the Kitchen Garden Cafe does a steady, loyal trade throughout the week.
For the meaty-minded, the smoked dry cured bacon stands out and can be found in the full English or taken as part of a chunky breakfast sandwich. If fuel for the day is your primary aim and you arrive sufficiently hungry, try the Kitchen Garden’s take on the classic Victorian breakfast staple, kedgeree. Adeptly spiced and sautéed in butter, this hearty, flaky, fish-and-rice dish is scandalously underrepresented in Brum and well worth your attention.
While you settle on an order, take in the work of local artists of widely varying styles and subject matters, who appear on the walls throughout the large premises. We’re particularly taken with Robert Geoghegan’s out of the ordinary Brum-based illustrations.
Note that the café is family friendly but with nooks aplenty and outdoor space, not dominated by youngsters.