Saint Kitchen, Birmingham
Here are some of the city’s best places to get out your laptop if you’re no longer heading into the office.
For many people the last 18 months has seen an explosion of remote working.
Far more employees than before are now working outside of the office either permanently or some of the week.
And if you need a break from staring at the same four walls or working at a kitchen table, then a cafe can make an ideal mobile office location.
Fortunately, Birmingham has a host of brilliant venues which are happy to welcome remote workers who need fuelling with good coffee, cakes or cold drinks in welcoming surroundings.
Here are five great places to order a large cup of your favourite beverage and plug in the laptop.
Located in the Jewellery Quarter, this independent café is a favourite among freelancers and the ideal place to become your workstation for a couple of hours. Specialising in coffee, lunch and cake, the café’s food and drink will keep you energised while you trawl through those seemingly never-ending emails.
Saint Kitchen also scores highly on Trip Advisor, with an average of four stars out of five. One reviewer said: “Great little cafe, with some nice outdoor seating in St. Paul’s square.”
Boston Tea Party
Another favourite of coffee lovers situated in the city centre on Cooperation Street is Boston Tea Party - the perfect destination whether you want a quick coffee before you get to work or a full English breakfast to start the day right.
And the café’s spacious booths and quick wi-fi provides you with the perfect working space.
One happy customer wrote on TripAdvisor: “Absolutely outstanding food, service was 10/10, polite, helpful and quick. I wish I could give 11 out of 10. Definitely be back soon.”
Located in the heart of the commercial and shopping district on Colmore Row, this city centre café has 90 seats on the ground floor and is another perfect location for when you have a busy day of work ahead.
This café is known as a popular haunt for workers and has a great selection of freshly made sandwiches and delightful cakes on offer.
The company also has a second coffee shop close to New Street station.
If you’re looking for a quieter location for maximum concentration to get some work done over a coffee, then Cherry Reds is the place for you.
Open seven days a week and just minutes from New Street station, this café and bar is conveniently placed and has a varied menu with options for all diets; whether you’re after a hearty breakfast or a light lunch.
Cherry Reds has a relaxing atmosphere in the day and also offers a brilliant selection of tasty craft beers for when you need to unwind after a long study session.
Under Pressure Espresso
Based in Sutton Coldfield, this independent cafe has delicious coffee as well as sweat treats and mouth-watering pastries to boot. The shop may be outside of the town centre but the added peace and quiet makes it ideal for when you really need to get your head down.
The café also scores highly on Tripadvisor, with four and a half stars out of five based on customer reviews. One satisfied customer wrote: “The staff are so friendly, the iced coffees are especially delicious, and the benches outside are ideal for a five-minute break in the sunshine.”