I dropped into Cafephilia for a quick coffee last weekend and didn't want to leave. The decor is kind of industrial – almost New York-like. But with one wall devoted to a huge image of Alcester Road in the Twenties, there is no mistaking where you are.
On a drizzly day after work, I was meeting a friend at her home, and was passing by Cafephilia. I'd never been in before, but the scent of baked goods forced me in.
A warm, yet cosmopolitan atmosphere welcomes you, and amongst the wood and dark counters, are lighter accents of tile, which brighten the place up. There are stacks of freshly baked muffins and cakes at the counter, you'd think you were in a dessert bar. Gluten free carrot cake (which didn't quite live up to my expectations), is on show in a pretty cake case, but it's their waffles (£3.50), which really had me speechless.
Fluffy, moreish, doughy squares of waffle was presented before me, as it seemed I'd already placed an order for the only thing that seemed right, and of course with a side of tea. The tea isn't loose leaf, but it really doesn't matter when the waffles are as good as they are here.
My friend opted for an Americano, which was very good, and just the pick up she needed after a running in the rain to come and meet me. Toasted sandwiches, wraps, and sandwiches are available too.
Towards the back of the cafe is a book swap too. To be honest I looked over the twenty books, and wasn't interested in any, but everyone has different tastes. Maybe they need a handful of my books. Perhaps Ill donate a hardback next time, or just tuck into the incredible waffles again.