Sunday, 22 September 2019

Review: The German Cafe

I don't know if I really want to share my little happy cafe with anyone, but then I feel it unfair if I keep it all to myself.


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I'm talking about The German Cafe on the Stratford Road in Shirley, Solihull.  (By the BP Garage, next to the Driving Test Centre if you need to get your bearings).


Photo:  Word In Veg Ways


Originally called Cafe Shirley, it soon became known locally as The German Cafe as customers made reference to its German owner Andrea and the German fare sold.  So the awning and menu cards were changed accordingly.


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Its decor is a little nod to the continent, I'm even thinking Bavarian forest here, with a special homage to deer/stags with many (fake) ones on the walls and ornamental ones dotted around the cafe, all very cute, homely.


Photo:  Word In Veg Ways


The menu is quite broad for a small cafe.  There are crowd-pleasing favourites on there such as jacket potatoes, paninis, sandwiches etc as well as German classics such as schnitzels. There are some items which can be 'veggie-fied' (such as Nurnberger Sausages with Mash & Sauerkraut that can replaced with veggie sausages) so that you still experience a bit of German 'essen'.  Now that Quorn have launched Bratwursts to their range, perhaps those will be incorporated?


Sauerkraut & Fried Potatoes
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Traditional English breakfasts are one of the most popular selections from the menu, MCH holds the sausages in high regard and always comments that they're of good quality.  Vegetarian and vegan versions are available, but again with a Germanic twist, you can opt for dark pumpernickel rye bread instead of toast.   Vegans are catered for with a standalone section on the menu including soup, burger and breakfast.  In addition, my Mum is a big fan of their Lentil Soup which is like a meal in itself.


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Little things like friendly, helpful staff and the fact that the cappucinos are served properly and have full frothy, foamy heads, make a big difference.

Photo:  Word In Veg Ways
Photo:  Word In Veg Ways


Any friends we take here love it and we love the fact that something so cosy is so local and that in turn we're supporting an independent business.  

So yes, I am happy to share it with you.


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Note:  For all my visits, I/we paid for my/our food and drinks in full.  The venue did not know I/we were visiting or that I am a blogger or that I would be conducting a review/article.