Since the Cha Cha Cha Tea Lounge died last year, I decided to look for another tea house to satisfy my tea cravings. I was recommended Hudson’s Coffee House which is a stone’s throw from the Birmingham City Council House.
Now, the term ‘coffee house’ did mislead me into thinking it was going to be all about coffee but they did actually have proper leaf tea in several varieties though not as extensive as the CCCTL. The food was, however, superb and I spend many an afternoon enjoying a read of the Torygraph whilst sipping on the Darjeeling and slicing through a Welsh Rarebit or a Leek Tart. The surroundings were pleasant and the staff were well mannered. I also took coffee there as well. The proper filtered stuff. The cream tea was probably the best in town. Victoria Sandwich was maybe too thick on the cream. The brie soup was to die for.
Then, one day they decided to branch out and took over what was the shop space of the CCCTL in the Western Arcade. This I thought odd as in such an ecomonic time, branching out was unwise I thought. Then, one day a few months back, I walked past the new shop only to discover it was closed shut. A sign saying that they were experiencing some ‘technical difficulties’ and would be open asap, etc. Okay then, so I walked to the flagship shop only to discover it too is closed shut (no notices though). I had a bad feeling about this. I continued to walk pass them. Days turned into weeks into months. After 3 months, there is no doubt about it: they must have gone bust. A few months after, the furniture and fittings have been taken away.
This was confirmed by the Facebook Petition Group. So the date of death is 1st April 2011. How ironic that it wasn’t an April Fool. If only it was. And it is sad that there are no tea shops in Brum that serve loose tea or filter coffee. There’s too much of the hoi polloi Starfuck’s and whatever multi-national crappiness in town and not enough independent tea shops.
In my search for an outlet of relief, I am now currently going to The 90 Day Café (do-called because it was initially meant to be only be open for 90 days) which doesn’t serve the same stuff as Hudson’s but it nevertheless quaint and retro.
Strangely, the notice is still stuck on the door even after all the furniture has been removed. They at least owe the Brummies an explanation rather than laugh in our faces…
NB: I have decided to print two copies of a notice and stick them up on the doors of both branches. I keep seeing people peeking inside the empty stores wondering what’s up. They deserve an explanation, even if it be unofficial.
It is with regret that I must inform My Most Honourable Fellow Patrons of this establishment that Messrs. Hudson’s Coffee House & Co. had ceased trading since 1st April 2011 after its parent company went into ‘liquidation’.
As there has been nothing official to indicate the reasons as to why both these Houses at 122-124 Colmore Row and at the North Western Arcade have been shut up and remained closed for many moons I have seen many a Lady and Gentleman peek into the darkened windows to stare at the empty and dusty floors. Thus, I see it Fit and feel it Right and Proper for My Humble Self to inform My Most Honourable Fellow Patrons of Messrs. Hudson’s demise and share with them this revelation so they at least know what became of it.
I hope you all the best in High Tea and Cake.
I am and shall remain, Sir, your most humble servant truly,
C. H. Wolfenbloode
7th July, ERII 59
NB: my notice was removed around the weekend of the 16th July or there abouts.