It's not a coffee club, but a café on the side of the pub/bed and and breakfast The Old Crown. The venue has kept the original architectural features such as the historic structural beams both inside and out, which only adds to the charm of the newly-opened Old Crown Coffee Club.
The Old Crown Coffee Club is a surprise; attached on to the left of The Old Crown Pub, you'll spot this little place. You don't expect to see this new little cubby-hole, but that's probably because it's only been open four months.
It has an old-worldly air about it, possibly because it is housed in such a historic building, not least because of the bare bricks and scrubbed wooden floors, and unmistakable scent of baking pastry.
I was only in there for about 45 minutes, but their loose leaf tea won me over, if it wasn't the superb customer service; the general manager didn't try a hard sell, frankly because she didn't need to. All of the food was laid out in front of me, so there was no need to embellish or try to encourage a sale. They say you eat with your eyes, and I was getting a mouthful.
The prices are dirt cheap: a blackberry and cream muffin, that looked incredible, was marked at £1, along with a number of other bakes, which would normally set you back three, or four pound, were also sold at just the one.
Although this little venue is called 'coffee club', they also have a full license, so you can have a beer with your breakfast, if you so wish it. If you feel a bit funny, however, drinking with your slice of cake whilst others are sipping a mug of joe, you're more than welcome to take your order through to the pub, in a more beer-welcoming setting.
I paid £1.70 for a mug of Oolong, and they added a teaspoon of honey when I requested it. My takeaway tea was certainly the best cuppa I've had this side of Digbeth.