On one of my recent trips to Harborne, I decided to visit Paul at No. 41, an independent business on a busy high street. I had been recommended by a friend so decided to support this independent coffee shop.
The accessibility into the entrance was flat with a slightly narrow doorway but as I was with my cousin, it was manageable. There are not any accessible toilets at Pauls at No 41 and there is a step up to the other toilets which is not great. I guess for a small cafe, it is okay. From the entrance, there was a clear path to the counter and the counter is at a decent height so when I was up at the counter, there was no visual restriction for me. This meant I could place my order independently.
Despite being open over eight months, Paul at No. 41 still gave that feel of being new; fresh paint, extremely clean and bright.
To my delight, the layout of the cafe had been changed (previously Scotts of Harborne). The new layout was much easier to manoeuvre around, I was able to find a clear path and move to our choice of table. The owner kindly moved a chair for me, and I got myself as close as I could to the table. I couldn’t quite get underneath, but I didn’t have to strain too much which was an upside. The owner was working alone and after seeing me to my table he took our drink order and handed me the menu with a quick, thorough explanation. Throughout our visit he was pleasant and attentive, providing good customer service.
Although there was only myself, my cousin and two other customers, it had a nice atmosphere with good music playing in the background; peaceful and relaxing. With free Wi-Fi available to customers, I was able to set up my laptop, put my head down and get some work done while there.
The menu provided various food and drink options, from teas, coffees, hot chocolate and soft drinks to alcoholic beverages. The food menu covered an extensive all-day breakfast menu, whilst also offering burgers, salads, sandwiches and more, including quite a few veggie options. I ordered a hot chocolate that was a perfect balance of chocolate, milk, cream and sprinkles; not too watery nor too sickly. My cousin had a large white coffee which she said was excellently made.
As for food, I found it hard to choose as there were so many good options, I eventually decided on the beef burger which I added cheese too, it came with chips and chilli coleslaw. The portion was very generous and the burger itself was very tasty. I could tell it had been made with quality products and ingredients. My cousin ordered the avocado, mushroom and tomato brunch with sourdough bread which was perfectly baked.
Pleased with our experience and the overall service, we will return as soon as we can as I plan to sample one of the cakes which are freshly made in house.