I pass through Birmingham Moor Street station at least 3 times a week, and have always been a fan of Centenary Lounge; the tiny cafe that takes pride of place in the main waiting area of the station.
Offering a quiet slice of vintage respite in the always busy station, the Art Deco inspired cafe is a charming hidden gem in Birmingham city centre.
With only enough seating for around 10 customers at a time, it’s often tricky to get a table at the weekend, but during the week it’s actually a relaxing and intimate setting for a coffee and a slice of cake or a quick light lunch. Playing 1930s style music, it feels like stepping back in time when you drop in.
I often pop in to grab a coffee on my way to meetings and drool over the vast array of sweet treats and homemade sandwiches available. I never really consider myself to have a sweet tooth, however there’s a regular addition to the selection of cakes that I find incredibly hard to resist: the rose and pistachio sponge.
Despite being a slightly alarming bright green colour (and I do mean bright!!!) the pistachio flavoured sponge is light and moist, with just enough sweetness to be satisfying rather than sickly. The highlight though is the silky rose buttercream adorned with pink and purple petals and crushed pistachios, which manages to be both rich yet delicate. You also get a really healthy serving – winner.
When I have the time, I’m a big fan of grabbing a slice of the cake (£2.80) with a cappuccino (£2.70) and simply watching the world go by in the seating area out front. People watching is always more fun with a slice of something yummy after all!
Centenary Lounge is a lovely little hideaway in an otherwise very busy area of the city. If you’ve not already, give the place a try when you’re next travelling through – the selection of food is reasonable and the coffee is decent (which is often rare in stations, let’s be honest). There are also some great breakfast deals available if you need an ‘on the go’ bite to eat before boarding a train.
Top tip: there is also an afternoon tea for two option (£9.50pp) which is often available on voucher website for a great discounted rate. It’s seemingly a very popular choice, with ornate tiered stands bursting with beautiful bite sizes sweet and savoury treats, as well as a fizz option available for £18.00pp.
Centenary Lounge, Birmingham Moor St Station, B4 7UL
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