Birmingham already has a great selection of independent coffee shops. I’m thinking of Yorks, Quarter House Coffee, Waylands Yard and Damascena, as my favourite places for a quality brew. Now added to that line-up is Ngopi – Birmingham’s first Indonesian coffee shop.
Ngopi means ‘let’s have a coffee’ in Indonesia. The country is renowned for its high quality beans and is the fourth largest producer of coffee in the world. The majority of Ngopi’s coffee is made using the Indonesian bean, Toraja Sapan, which is roasted in-house.
As well as the drinks, take a look at their menu too for the bakwan (vegetable fritters) curry puffs and martaba (stuffed pancake) which make a light and tasty lunch.
Originally from Jakarta, Ngopi owners Birama Gladini and his wife Elmira Hamdi previously ran a coffee shop there for three years. They moved to Birmingham so that Birama could complete his Enterprise Systems Management MSc at Birmingham City University and thought that this would be a great location for their new business after he graduated.
Birama Gladini said: “We are staying to our roots and offering a modern yet authentic Indonesian feast, to fill the void of dedicated Indonesian cafes or restaurants in the Midlands. We hope that everyone, including locals and Indonesians living in the UK, love what we have to offer.”
Ngopi coffee shop
56 Dale End, The Square Shopping Centre, Birmingham
Open 7.30am – 4.30pm
Photo credit: Birama Gladini by Birmingham City University
The Wild Shropshire pop-up has found a permanent home. From Friday 2nd March James Sherwin and his team will be delighting diners from Ternhill Farm House, a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian property near Market Drayton. Wild Shropshire will have a weekend residency, serving a multi-course tasting menu with the option of a matching wine flight.
What used to be a branch of Natwest on Warwick High Street is being converted into a coffee shop and wine bar. Jack and Alice already has two other branches, but this will be the first for the Midlands. The new venue will be open daily for coffee and breakfast, afternoon tea and cake, then wine and cheese in the evening.
Diners in Kenilworth have an opportunity to enjoy three Michelin-starred fine dining, when Jacques Marcon, head chef at Régis et Jacques in France, will make special appearance at The Cross. On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th Marcon will join Adam Bennett’s brigade to cook a six-course lunch and a seven-course dinner.
In this week’s Table Talk you can wash your triple stacked burger down with a pink gin or freshly brewed coffee.
Does Birmingham city centre have room for another coffee shop? Apparently so. In March latte lovers should head to Bull Street for the new Waylands Yard. Owned by Sam Smith, this is the second branch for the ex rugby player whose first coffee shop in Worcester supports local suppliers.
A new independent venue has quietly opened in Coventry. The photos of their burgers on Instagram caught my eye and I liked the nod to the city’s heritage. From Friday to Sunday Seven 17 offers a triple stacked ‘Cathedral’ and is working on a 2Tone burger too.
If you like your gin pink, then look out for the English Drinks Company’s new Classic Pink Gin. Flavoured with pomegranate and cinchona bark this is a luxury, small batch gin made in Shropshire that can be savoured on its own or blended into cocktails. RRP £35.