Cafe One – CLOSED!!!
Cafe One has closed down and will be re-opening near Paradise Circus at the beginning of May 2008.
(situated just at the top of Broad Street, on the left before you go under Five Ways island)
Cafe One’s interior looks very dark and miserable from the outside, and it is never very busy when I go past in the daytime. This is understandable since they’re right on the edge of the city centre. However, I think they would certainly benefit from using lighter furniture, a lighter-coloured paintjob on the outside, and some more, brighter lights inside. A few plants and flowers for decoration wouldn’t hurt either.
The way it is now just doesn’t make me want to go inside. Even on the dullest, rainiest, most miserable of days when I’m desperately in need of shelter and warmth, I’d prefer to stay outside than to go into the cafe, just because of the way it looks – dark and dull.
They use organic and fairtrade produce wherever possible, they support Oxfam and Amnesty international, and they host music events at weekends.
Impressive, according to the menu.
The cafe offers a few vegan options, like humous felafel baguettes and wraps (hot or cold) veggie chilli toasted wraps and hot baguettes, humous felafel salads, humous felafel panini, (there’s a lot of humous felafel on the menu!) muesli, and toast.
I have only tried the veggie chilli baguette, which was lovely. The girl who served me seemed desperate to put cheese on it though. Strange.
On weekdays they do a special buffet (I think this is only available at lunchtimes) – Pasties & Mash on Monday, Barbecue on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Indian on Thursday and Friday.
They also do tapas & other snacks – french fries, nuts, olives, samosas, soup & roll, and vegetable pakora. They do kids meals too.
They serve tea and fairtrade coffee as well as hot chocolate and various cold drinks including fruit smoothies. They are licensed and sell various alcoholic drinks – wine, beer, spirits, champagne and cocktails. They even provide Shisha for smoking that horrible flavoured tobacco.
They will even cater for your business or social events. Give ’em a ring on 0121 245 0001.
Open 8.30am to 3.30pm Mon-Fri and 5pm-late Fri & Sat.