Coffee and cake @ Seven Sins Lounge, The Custard Factory

Cafes, Review / Saturday, February 24th, 2018

There’s a new independent cafe at The Custard Factory and it’s fantastic. All hail Seven Sins Lounge.

Found in the same spot once occupied by Crank Cafe, Seven Sins Lounge is a new arrival for 2018 and is serving up coffee, cocktails and bucket loads of sass. If you’re looking for a place to take your laptop and work with a great coffee, or you fancy a light brunch with friends, this is a versatile and attractive addition to the Digbeth scene.

The venue

Bright and beautiful, Seven Sins is a decent sized open plan cafe. It’s subtly split into separate areas, with each space having a slightly different feel to it. From beanbag chairs to enjoy a chilled out coffee, to an area inspired by Cuba for cocktails; each part of the cafe has its own personality but works cohesively as one.

The furnishings look high quality and the overall aesthetic manages to be high end yet informal. Magazines are scattered on tables and framed art and posters adorn the walls. Plants bring colour, and perfectly selected soft furnishings decorate comfy sofas and brighten the dark woods.

Homely but stylish, it’s the city loft apartment you always wanted, but will never be able to afford.

The drinks

Fancy an old fashioned with your flat white to get you out of your Monday funk? This is the place where dreams come true. There’s a decent cocktail list including the classics you’d expect plus some more innovative options.

The usual hot drinks rules apply here including a bloody good Flat White (£3.00), but there’s also some decadent specials on the menu that beg your attention. The Peanut Butter Mocha (£3.50) is seriously delicious despite the slightly hefty price tag, managing to taste equally of coffee, chocolate and peanut butter. I’m pretty sure it’s calorie free too… ahem.

The food

A small but fabulous sweet offering can be found at the end of the counter, with a special shout out going to the vegan carrot cake, that’s dense, satisfying and delicious. The owner, Greg, has his mum make them all too, which is quite sweet. If she was my mum I’d likely be 20 stone, she bakes some good cake.

A brunch menu is launching at the end of February, which is set to include light bites including loaded toasts. I’ve seen the menu preview and it’s pretty decently priced with lots of choice. Greg tells me he’ll be making everything himself on site from scratch, and I’ll definitely be back to try the grub out.

It’s a great little spot to get some work done or meet up with friends. I particularly enjoyed the chilled out hip hop playing quietly in the background and the friendly, personable staff.

Seven Sins is open Tuesday to Saturday.

Have you visited the cafe yet? Let me know in the comments.

Seven Sins Lounge, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA

Disclosure: I paid in full, although apparently that doesn’t mean I can actually move in. Sad times. All photos and words are mine.

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