During the summer, Dr HH took me for a quick trip to Birmingham, which is in his neck of the woods. I asked him what interesting place we should visit, and he immediately suggested the new library. I love libraries, so I was definitely in favour of this, and I was immediately impressed by the building from the outside. Isn’t it pretty?
Inside it was also nice. We worked our way up to the third floor, where there was a temporary Shakespeare exhibition on. I loved the posters for Shakespeare performances from different countries around the world – there was some really fantastic artwork. Up on the ninth floor there was also a special room dedicated to the big man. The room was an original 17th century room, rebuilt various times in various buildings. It held a collection of old Shakespeare books, and was generally a very beautiful place to be.
Back down on the seventh floor, we somehow found our way into the Secret Garden. This is a secret worth sharing. It’s a lovely outdoor terrace with seating, flowers and an excellent view. It wasn’t very busy, but there were a few people strolling and posing for selfies, a couple of readers, and some people quietly having their lunch. A lovely place to be.
We didn’t stay for our lunch though. Instead, we took a ten minute walk over to 3 Three’s Coffee Lounge. I’d seen it mentioned a few times on Instagram and was intrigued by their cake selection. It turned out to be very good indeed! It is listed as a vegetarian cafe, but every food item I saw was labelled as suitable for vegans too – perhaps it’s only the milk options that prevent it being all vegan. It’s a nice big space with two fridges for sandwiches, soups and savoury snacks like falafel, then a cake counter. It’s in a similar vein to places like Pret and Eat, but also has some hot food from the kitchen (hot dogs, for example).
I had the chicken and mozzarella panino. It was good, but not quite as good as I’d hoped – chicken chunks would have been amazing, but the slices were ok. This chorizo and mozzarella one that Dr HH ordered was much better! It had chunks of meat, and was really flavoursome.
While I love a good cake counter, it does make choosing more difficult. But I eventually settled on the caramel shortbread, because it’s not something I often get to try. The caramel layer wasn’t as thick and gooey as I would have liked, but it was delicious, and the thick chocolate more or less made up for it.
It’s hard to believe there’s no 100% vegan eatery in Birmingham, but this one does come very close and is an absolute delight!