Since the two best teahouses in town have gone belly up, I have had difficulty in finding an appropriate place to take tea. I’m still looking. I have now frequented the other independants in Birmingham: 90 Day Café and Café Blend (these I would go into further detail at a later date). However, I have discovered another rather nice place that sells proper leaf teas (from JING Tea) and serve rather splendid restaurant quality cakes. This place is located at the IKON Gallery at Brindleyplace in Birmingham and is called Café IKON.
I must admit that I have frequented the IKON before but never set foot in the café until a few weeks ago. I wasn’t insterested in the food. I decided to pop in to see what would happen. I was surprised to find they have loose tea and cake. The first time I went I had a delicious pineapple cake and it was served to me restaurant style with a pot of Assam Breakfast Tea.
I have to say that it was a revelation. The cake and the tea was amazing and I spent half and hour nibbling away at the cake trying to enjoy it as slowly as possible. Previously, I would just gobble the whole thing up in around 5 minutes.
I popped in the week after and had a cappuccino cake with Earl Grey.
Again, it was lovely. I am certainly popping in again in future. But how much does it all cost? £2.50 for the cake, £2.00 for the tea. Bargain.
I would certainly recommend you pop in for just that. The cake changes everyday so you would not get bored with the same old thing.
UPDATE: here are more cakes I had since then. Every one of them I was never disappointed with.
Change of Café (2013)
Please note that the café is now known as Café Opus: http://www.ikon-gallery.co.uk/About/Visiting/Cafe_Opus/