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Food Writer Rosanna Osborne checks out the Custard Factory's new cake shop
If you’re looking for a good slice of cake and a proper cup of tea, Chitty’s is the place to go; located at the Custard Factory, Birmingham’s ‘creative quarter’ in Digbeth (a 10-minute walk from the Bullring), this quirky and cosy café is definitely worth a visit. Originally a space for selling customised celebration cakes, and offering cake making and decorating classes in their upstairs studio, Chitty’s has now expanded and opens its new doors to passers-by looking for a refreshment.
I visited recently with a friend and we indulged in a red velvet cupcake (£1.75) and a slice of lemon drizzle cake (£2.25). There were lots of cakes on offer, including some more unusual flavours - such as a rose-water and vanilla cupcake, as well some classics with a Victoria sponge and black forest gateau cake. There were also other sweets available - such as iced biscuits and pies.
The cakes were really fresh and moist, with the lemon drizzle and the buttercream being particularly flavoursome.
Chitty’s have a huge range of Twining’s tea on offer, and we enjoyed a large pot of English breakfast tea for two for £4. The full range of hot and cold drinks you’d expect are available, and they source their coffee from the local roaster ‘Quarter Horse coffee’. If you’re really delighted with the cake and left wanting more, Chitty’s offer takeaway boxes of cupcakes, starting at a box of 6 for £11. Additionally, if you are a cake making enthusiast they sell lots of decorating and baking supplies.
With a cosy ambiance and lighting, and kitsch décor, eating here was comforting and relaxing. There is something hugely satisfying about finding an independent coffee shop for a change of scenery, rather than the standard Costa or Starbucks. I’ve personally find them hard to come by since living in Birmingham, which is why stopping by this little place felt very refreshing.
I will definitely be revisiting...
Article by Rosanna Osborne