Full of cold and short on time, I stumbled into Brewsmiths, a place that came highly recommended and which had been on my ‘hit list’ for some time.
It’s on the edge of Birmingham’s enigmatic Jewellery Quarter, where I used to buy my guitar strings as a student.
Snuggled beneath a railway arch, it’s a genuinely cosy place, with cushions, books, games, cuddly toys and comfy chairs. The staff are brilliant too. All in all, very relaxed and friendly.
It’s also a place for top notch coffee. Co-owner Dave Conroy is a proper coffee geek, in the nicest possible way. He served me up a smashing V60 drip brew – in an interesting mug, I might add.
Dave rotates roasteries. The beans in my cup had made their way from Artisan Roast in Edinburgh.
The combo of artisan coffee and dog-eared scrabble sets is a rare and heady thing.
The world needs more of this kind of place.
I wasn’t entirely compos mentis, and my photos don’t do Brewsmiths justice.
However, I can tell you that Brewsmiths is utterly unpretentious, totally quirky, and easily one of my favourite spots in Birmingham.
214 Livery St
We visited on 16 April 2013.