Cherry Reds cafe has been a long-standing favourite in Birmingham. As an independent slap bang in the city centre, it faces strong competition with nearby chains - but whilst these come and go, Cherry Reds has always remained the same since opening in 2010.
At its core, Cherry Reds is a no fuss cafe that serves straightforward yet spot-on grub to locals and visitors alike. They strive to keep things accessible (with plenty of vegan and GF options) and affordable (breakfasts start from just £4.50), whilst offering a large range of eats to suit everyone’s tastes. On any given day you’ll find people tucking into all-day breakfasts, Amerian-style fluffy pancakes, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and chunky burgers all under one roof.
When it comes to their cakes, Cherry Reds work with two local bakers. The first is Rachel who specialises in celebration cakes, but also turns out some top notch vegan and gluten-free cakes that are sold at Cherry Reds. The second is the chocolate loving Pat Lawless, who creates incredible millionaire short-breads and rocky roads. Together, they keep the cake selection vibrant and fresh; so don’t worry - a trip to Cherry Reds will always mean you can have your cake and eat it.
Cherry Reds are also strong supporters of the local brewery scene and stock an excellent range of beers brewed right here in the city. On our last visit, we sampled the Lady in a Hat session IPA from Fixed Wheel Brewery on cask, and loved it. There’s also plenty of beers from further afield (such as Headland Brewing co.’s Hill 88 Double IPA), alongside a choice of ciders, wines and soft-drinks.
Food and drink aside, the team play a big part in the story of Cherry Reds. Full of passion and energy, everyone pulls their weight, and most staff members run the bar, work in the kitchen and help to keep things shipshape. They’re personable and know the locals by name, but they’re also incredibly welcoming for anyone new on the block; stick your head in and say hi next time you’re in town and they’ll make you feel at home right away.
With bundles of character and the heart and will to go with it, may Cherry Reds continue to champion independent venues across the city centre.