Five of the best surviving greasy spoons in Birmingham
Hylton Cafe, Birmingham

Amid Michelin stars, trendy bars and an endless array of interesting eateries, some places in Birmingham remain unchanged and have become institutions in their own right.

Step forward Brum’s best-loved and longstanding greasy spoons.

Hylton Cafe

Have a quick look for the best breakfast in Brum, and you’ll inevitably find Hylton Cafe. This Jewellery Quarter stalwart has been impressing people for quite some time with its cheap but great breakfasts themed on different gemstones and good service. If Birmingham Breakfast Club founder Simon Steggles says it’s worth a 27-mile bike trip, it probably is.

Hylton Cafe, 2 Hylton St, Birmingham, B18 6HN –

Yumm Cafe

It’s in the trendy Custard Factory, and Yumm Cafe keeps up with the times with interesting offerings like soups and jerk chicken, but hasn’t lost sight of most people’s love of a simple breakfast. And after being recently voted the city’s third best cafe in the Birmingham Mail’s Brummies Choice, it certainly doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere.

Yumm Cafe, The Custard Factory, unit 9, zellig, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA –

CG’s Cafe

CGs Cafe, Birmingham
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It bills itself as homecooked food in the heart of Digbeth and, while offering a range of cakes, bakes, and other interesting additions to the menu, the traditional full English, as well as a full Irish, breakfast still have their places on the menu. Not to mention all the favourites of a proper greasy spoon, like free coffee and tea refills with your brekkie.

CG’s Cafe, 123-131 Bradford Street, Bradford Court, Birmingham B12 0NS –

The Old Crown Coffee Club

Okay, so it might not be a traditional greasy spoon but, dating back to the 14th Century, you can’t deny that the Old Crown isn’t a longstanding part of Birmingham’s culture. The Old Crown Coffee Club stands apart from the pub but adds to this piece of history’s offerings with a range of coffee and cake, and the all-important full English.

The Old Crown, 188 High Street Deritend, Deritend, Birmingham, B12 0LD –

Cafe Munch, Longbridge

It may not be a city centre stalwart, but Cafe Munch in Longbridge has a loyal following and is popular for not only hangover-curing fry-ups, but good service too.

1169 Bristol Road South, Birmingham, B31 2SL –

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