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The Warehouse Cafe

fully Fully VEGETARIAN
fully Fully VEGAN
options ORGANIC options
Organic
Vegetarian/vegan
local ingredients

Opening Times

Mon-Sat: 11.30am -10pm (last orders 9pm)
Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays: 11.30am-6pm (last orders 5pm)

Contact

Telephone: 0121 6330261 (book ahead, gets busy)

Website: http://www.thewarehousecafe.com/

Location

54-57 Allison Street
Digbeth
Birmingham B5 5TH

Reviews

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The Warehouse Cafe is a great place to support as the menu is all vegan/vegetarian, so if you're looking for somewhere good to eat in Birmingham, you'll get a varied menu. For such an informal cafe setting, the waiting staff are very professional and offer a top notch service. It gets busy, so we were advised to booked ahead. However, if you only want a light lunch, such as soup or a sandwich, you'll have to opt for one of the three starters (£5). We went for the falafel, which were crispy and tasty, but with only 3 on the plate and no salad or flat bread, so we had to order extra bread (tiny portion) and olives to bulk up the meal. Stick to the main courses or specials (£6+) and you'll have a good meal. I can see that The Warehouse cafe really want to do their best with the food and service - and they know that is good for business. There is not much competition in Birmingham at present. However, the great value community cafe "Veged Out" has now opened, so Warehouse will need to stay on its toes if they don't want to lose customers who paid £10 for their lunch, but left feeling a hungry! Positive JB
Sun, 11 Mar 2012 10:32:43 +0000
We celebrated our Civil Partnership with a meal at the Warehouse Cafe as we are vegan and wanted the day to be ethical and made extra special with our guests having vegan meals. We chose from the Christmas menu and could not fault the food, the service and the special attention to detail to make our day to go so well. A big thank you to the chefs and staff on the day. Would definately recommend a visit when in the city or if you have a special occasion planned. Positive Ray Vickers
Tue, 28 Dec 2010 19:29:03 +0000
We have wanted so much to make this restaurant one of our regulars,despite the distance.Looking at the previous rave reviews,I do wonder if the fact that the west midlands is such a desert for veggies makes some customers overly enthusiastic.I feel a bit like the little boy in the tale of the Emperors New Clothes.The food is O.K.but nothing outstanding. We first went on Christmas day a few years ago.I think the ownership might have changed since then.Despite pre-ordering the meal,the service was very slow.The food was tasty and well-cooked,but portions were very measly.The accompanying "trimmings" were just that,garnish.It was just as well that the service was slow,otherwise we would have beaten the record for the fastest 3 -course Christmas meal ever. We have paid several other visits since then,but only when going to the nearby Imax cinema.We sometimes go very far afield to get a good veggie meal,but would not make a special trip just to go to the Warehouse.If you are hungry the best bet is to have one of the burgers with wedges,with a first course and dessert.The main meals can be hit and miss.On our last visit my savoury cheesecake was very flavoursome,but the small slice would have been more appropriate on a finger food buffet.The accompanying veg,sounded good,but the usual rigid portion control meant a few bits were scattered on the plate.My partners sausage and mash-which everyone would agree should be a hearty comforting meal-was disappointing in every respect.The sausages were less tasty than bog-standard frozen variety,and the mash was odd in texture and tastleless.We ate the lot in minutes.We lingered over coffee and dessert (previously nice ice-cream had melted,and was more like a milk-shake by the time we got it) just to kill time. Prices for mains are on the high side for what you get,and though the room is cosy and homely,it can be very chilly during winter months.It's hard to relax when you need to keep your outdoor coat on.On the plus side,the staff are always very friendly and helpful. We had much better imaginative food served in generous portions from Manic Organic in Birmingham on a recent visit,but the place is tiny.We are just so ill-served in this part of the country. Neutral jane lagan
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 11:32:23 +0000
Went to eat with my friends ( non veg) had a job to get em there as there is no meat on the menu, the service was brilliant,greeting was really brill, as it settled my friends,which then had a effect on my friends to "give the place a chance" food was brilliant (no change there), also the beverages (who knows where they get em from) are so unique and made a good convo point for us, beats coke,7up, etc.... its well worth looking on the blackboard, to see their specials, lets just say that my friends went on their own, without me, so they really, really must have liked it....... from people that always eat meat, enough said Positive kieran
Tue, 09 Nov 2010 22:33:03 +0000
Absolutely lovely vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Looks quite intimidating from the outside (my wife and I almost wimped out and didn't go in!) but inside it has a very warm atmosphere and the staff are very attentive and helpful. The quality of the food is very high, with all the dishes we've eaten on our numerous visits being of a very high standard, and we now happily take our carniverous friends safe in the knowledge that they will enjoy the meal. Positive Alex
Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:57:34 +0000
Excellent restaurant in a city centre location. Food is always delicious and pudding is good too. Friendly staff in a very laid back atmosphere. Parking is no longer free outside after 6.30pm so be aware when parking. Positive Charlotte
Tue, 27 Oct 2009 16:19:48 +0000
WOW. This place is truly amazing!! I went with a group of friends from work and we all said how absolutely fantastic this place was. Even if you are not a veggie, the quality of this food will simply blow you away. Great atmosphere and prices were very reasonable to me for the quantity and quality of food. Highly recommended! Positive justin steele
Thu, 13 Aug 2009 13:28:27 +0000
Fantastic Food! Having first gone with a large group of friends, I got to sample many of the dishes and moorish dips (love the handfried torteilla). I have since been back on a couple of smaller occasions and found the standard of the dishes just as high. Calm and friendly atmosphere and unique venue, i'll definitely be back again! Positive Marek Simpson
Wed, 22 Jul 2009 17:39:49 +0000
I really feel the below reveiw was completly unjust! First and foremost the burgers and wedges have NOT changed and are still as yummy as they ever were! :) nor has the place become pretentious, and with regard to a renovated interior, there have been no changes except for the occasional re-painting of the stairs and the idea put forward by alot of customers to perhaps replace the chairs with something more comfortable, which hasn't even happened yet... The cafe is a genuinely quirky and cosy way to while away your afternoon wether it be with tea and cake or a more substantial meal for lunch or dinner. The staff are more then friendly and will go out of their way to help with any special requests, and i personally cannot think of a place i'd rather spend my time :) Positive louise wright
Wed, 22 Jul 2009 12:01:16 +0000
Went tonight for our first anniversary and loved it! If you haven't been before I wouldn't pay too much attention to the review below (although we would have liked to have visited before those changes took place!) , the food was all wonderfully tasty and the waitress very friendly and helpful. The room is nice and the tables are interesting since they are all different and this certainly adds to the rather rustic atmosphere of the cafe. We had 1 starter, 2 sides, 2 main meals and 2 milk shakes and paid £35 roughly, which seems perfectly reasonable considering the food was so nice and freshly prepared. Portion sizes were good, possibly could have been slightly bigger but this isn't an issue. Very nice in all respects, great atmosphere and free parking outside after 6.30pm. Positive David and Siobhan
Tue, 21 Jul 2009 21:20:09 +0000
This place USED to be fantastic serving great wholesome food in an unpretentious environment - it was all about the food. They were famous for their veggie burgers and wedges (these have now been replaced with nasty tasting ones). Over the last few months it has started to move away from these foundations with a new 'proper menu' and a renovated interior. As a result, prices have gone up, portions have gone down and the place has lost the great atmosphere it had. I have spoken to friends who work nearby and regularly visit the Warehouse Cafe and they agree - they don't frequent it any longer. It’s such a shame to see a once great CAFE lose its way. Negative Scott Cowan
Mon, 09 Feb 2009 09:07:53 +0000
Really lovely place - part of a green community in Birmingham. Situated above Friends of the Earth. Lovely atmosphere, nice menu and plenty of vegan choices, staff reasonably friendly. Good mid-range prices, my three-course meal and a drink came to under £20. No alcohol served. I see they serve Sunday lunch too, yum! It's just down the hill from Moor Street Station, under the tunnel and first right down a dark street parallel to the railway track / arches. Positive Caroline Piper
Wed, 10 Dec 2008 12:15:26 +0000
The Warehouse Cafe is tucked away just a 5 minute walk from the Bull Ring and is a lovely relaxing place to eat. It's above the Friends of the Earth and One Earth shop. The place is a hotch potch of mismatched tables and chairs with ever changing art work on display that you can buy if you take a shine to it. It's informal and the kind of place you feel you could while away a afternoon with a coffee and a cake and not be expected to leave after half an hour. There is a menu on the table that has snacks and larger delights like falafel and houmous, veggie sausages and mash, spring onion pancakes with tofu, veggie burgers and Thai green curry. As well as this there is an ever changing specials board with soup of the day, various salads, roast dinners, veggie pies, curries, enchiladas - it's diferrent everytime you go. Most of the meals are either vegan or can be made suitable for vegans. There is always a great selection of deserts, my favourite being sticky ginger sponge with vegan (or not if you prefer) custard. They do a great vegan cheesecake as well. The staff are generally very friendly and the prices are reasonable, usually coming in under £10 for a main course and a drink. The coffee gets free refills! I have two negative comments, but these are minor - the first is that a smell of fried food lingers in the air sometimes and this can cling to your clothes - open a window, light some incense and the problem would go away. The second is that one time I went and ordered a veggie burger, when it came the plastic separator from between the packaged burgers was still on my burger. I told the waitress and she apologised and told me what it was. However, I would normally expect to be offered my meal for free / reduced / free desert when something like that has happened. I was a bit miffed at the time, however I have been back a few times since as despite this one complaint, the pros far outweigh the cons. Positive Annie Watters
Fri, 22 Feb 2008 13:58:43 +0000
I have eaten in veggie restaurants all over the globe and I can honestly say that Warehouse Cafe is THE BEST. Imaginative 'honest' food served in unpretentious 'homely' surroundings by very pleasant happy staff. Warehouse: "Don't change a thing"! Positive Matt Wright
Tue, 06 Dec 2005 00:00:00 +0000
The best bulgar wheat chilli burgers ever. Fresh banana milkshakes & imaginative salads - it's all a vegan delight.Don't let the location put you off - it's in an interesting part of what's left of unhomogonised brum. Informal atmosphere with a wide mixture of clients. Top value. Pig out for about £6 each. Lots of goodies in the shop next door. Positive Andy & Patti Wills
Mon, 18 Aug 2003 00:00:00 +0000
This restaurant/cafe is not in the nicest area or the most pleasantly decorated but I can wholeheartedly say that this was the best food I have eaten since becoming vegan (especialy their trifle). My only complaint is that it's so far from where I live :-)) Positive Alan Blackham
Thu, 02 Dec 1999 00:00:00 +0000

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