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Published August 3rd 2020
Enjoy a street-side seat or relax in secluded walled garden
A little gem of an eating establishment awaits visitors to the historical city of Lichfield in Staffordshire. The City Corner Café has apparently been serving customers since 2018, but it has unfortunately passed me by until now. In fact, bizarrely, it was only because of the coronavirus pandemic that I discovered its existence and subsequent delights. The reason being, that the normal car parking bays outside the café have been suspended and turned into an outdoor dining area as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. Not one to pass up such an invitation, I subsequently arranged to meet a friend for coffee - and then discovered the cafe had a delightful garden area at the rear of the premises.
So, it was that I sampled a little of what the City Corner Café, which can be found in Bore Street, Lichfield, has to offer. As the well-laid out and pleasantly decorated rear garden area had plenty of available space, my friend Bob and I chose to sit there and enjoy the sunshine. There was an impressive list of specials on one of the walls which ranged from cod and chips and sliders (three mini burgers) to a quiche salad, as well as the traditional menu of baguettes, sandwiches, wraps, paninis, jacket potatoes, and salad boxes. But, as it was a bit early for lunch, we settled instead for a couple of the delicious looking cakes behind the counter to accompany our coffees. I chose a raspberry bakewell tart at £1.95 while my friend opted for a chocolate brownie at just five pence more.
When customers later popped in for an early lunch, the food looked just as appealing, so a return visit is very much on the cards, especially while the government-funded Eat Out to Help Out scheme remains in force. This gives customers a 50 per cent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a value of £10 between Mondays and Wednesdays throughout August. A further incentive applicable to the City Corner Café is that they have a loyalty card where you get a free hot drink once you have bought nine.
The café is following coronavirus safety measures. There is a one-way system in and out of the premises, tables have been spaced out in keeping with social distancing guidelines, the staff are in personal protective equipment, and there are plenty of hand sanitisers around. The premises are currently open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8.30am to 5pm, Friday from 8.30am to 8pm, and Sunday between 10am and 4pm. There is also a separate takeaway service which can be accessed by either phoning 01543 250271 or by visiting the café's website at www.citycornercafe.org.