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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published August 6th 2016
Swinging shakshuka
I wrote about York's before, but that's when the little cafe had its spot at the top of Bennett's Hill, adjacent to Colmore Row. It moved to Stephenson Street, right next to the new Metro stop.

Yorks Bakery, cafe, lunch, brunch, jazz
Plenty. On. Offer


I've heard a lot about the new venue, but what's most impressive is that they've kept on the lovely staff who worked at the former location. I haven't visited Yorks for more than two years, and it truly touched me that the waitress behind the counter welcomed me with my name and said it had been a while since she had seen me - how thoughtful.

There's also a massive, swanky new sign outside, so you really can't miss it.

Now, with the new location being, well new, you'd expect everything else to have been given a little facelift? Too right, the new menu, or menus are a mix of mezzes, mains, desserts, and - aside from the tea and coffee - the wine list.

Yorks Bakery, cafe, lunch, brunch, jazz
Sweet potato fries w aioli


The mezze is an impressive introduction to Arabian fare, with freekah, turmeric roasted cauliflower, and, my favourite, fried sweet potato. There's also chicken shawarma, z'ataar meatballs and six different types of flat breads - they've really gone all out.

If you were a fan of Yorks before, you'll be ecstatic to note that they've upped their dessert game even more, with a variety of sweets treats like the blueberry tart I spotted (and resisted), and moreish-looking cookies.

Yorks Bakery, cafe, lunch, brunch, jazz
New new


The breakfast and brunch menu remains wonderful, with classics mixed with a few newbies such as the Arabian buttered eggs.

If food and drink isn't your thing, Yorks will lure you in with its weekly edition of Monday jazz nights with new acts on rotation. I'm already hungry, and desperate for a bit of old, salty blues.
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Why? Exceptional brunch and lunch at fantastic prices
When: Saturday 9am–6pm Sunday 10am–5pm Monday to Friday
Phone: 0121 643 4331
Where: 29 Stephenson St, Birmingham B2 4BH
Cost: £8.00 for a drink and fries
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