The new, artisan café is a hit with Colmore row morning munchers, midday lunchers, and passer-by strollers. York's Bakery is like a wooden cabin that has a stylish, easy vibe that fits with the cool, grown-up atmosphere surrounding Colmore row's business district.
Regular customers, like those who work in and around Colmore row, frequent York's Bakery on a daily basis, and at lunch time it is busy, so there will be a queue, but it is worth the wait because of the sheer quality of produce on offer.
Green tea and coffee
Tea: A large array of tea is available, from white oolong tea, green Chinese tea, chai tea and other exotic blends.
Coffee: They sell arguably the best coffee in Birmingham city centre. The baristas know what they're doing, and the quality of the mochas, lattes and espressos is hard to beat.
Breakfast: An array of breakfast options are available like eggs Benedict, jam and toast, a Continental, and full English breakfast.
Lunch: They serve made to order lunches like salads, deli sandwiches, and soups.
Cakes, pastries, tarts: Treats enjoyed with a cuppa include brownie slabs, shortbread, oatmeal and raisin cookies, carrot cake, and more.
If you're passing by I strongly suggest you nip in because it has such a warm and welcoming atmosphere you'd be pushed to find a reason not to stay. The rich dark chocolate brownie slabs, caraway seed shortbread are delicious – the brownie is rich and has a deep chocolatey, moreish flavour and the shortbread is refreshingly different and perfectly short – how shortbread should be.
York's Bakery have large tables for groups as well as cosier leather seats for single diners, and they welcome companies who decide to hold a business meeting over a hot beverage and a few croissants.
If you're a budding writer, student, or simply nearby with your laptop then feel free to grab a seat and take advantage of the free wifi (the password is displayed at the till). It really is lovely to sit in a café with the smell of freshly brewed coffee and cakes wafting over as you type away.