The Warehouse Cafe

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54-57 Allison Street, Birmingham, England, B5 5TH

Re-opened under change of management May 2013 after brief closure, this is a not-for-profit, community interest company vegetarian cafe located above Friends of the Earth, via staircase, next to the One Earth vegan shop. Offers mostly vegan food with daily specials board, daytime and evening menus. Unlicensed but you could bring your own bottle. Small, simple space. Near the Moor Street Station & Bullring shopping centre in the city center. Open Tue-Sat 12:00pm-3:30pm, Tue-Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, British, Catering

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First Review by Stevie

Dessert - Edit

I visit every Tuesday for dessert!! Delicious!! I sometimes eat in and other times take away. Wonderful friendly staff, and a relaxed environment!!

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very good! - Edit

Nice, friendly, clean and delicious.

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Not very good - Edit

We have been to the Warehouse Cafe twice now and been disappointed both times.

We went recently and received a very bland soup with stale bread as a starter. The roast meal was all cold and everything tasted of vinegar. The pudding was ok but again not amazing.

Most of the portion sizes are quite small as well.

I probably wouldn't go here again which is a shame because I really the ethics behind the the whole project.

Pros: Good atmosphere, Nice decoration

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It was ok, but not the best... - Edit

Loved the restaurant itself and all the staff were lovely. The starter (deep fried mushrooms) wasn't great, they were a bit overdone. My burger was okay, nowhere near enough wedges. My friend had the halloumi "fish" and chips which she said was really nice, there just needed to be double the amount for the price. All in all, I probably wouldn't go back but I'm glad we went just to meet such nice people and i feel bad for leaving a not so great review.. but it is all about the food at the end of the day. Sorry! :(

Pros: Good vegan options, Service with a smile

Cons: Portions could be bigger

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Great food and service - Edit

Great vegan options. Really tasty burgers and wonderful service. Right next door to a vegan shop too! Worth seeking out.

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beautiful place to go - Edit

I went there with a gluten intolerant friend.
The waiters were extremely friendly and helpful.
The atmosphere is nice, it
is a small but lovely place.
I had the vegan Qaesadilla with potatoe wedges and salad which comes with salsa and a soy yoghurt dip.
It truly tasted amazing!
My friend had the gluten-free Warehouse Burger and was delighted as well.
Would definitely come back!

Pros: vegan, gluten-free, friendly staff

Cons: none

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Amazing burgers! - Edit

We visited at lunch time, and while it was quiet when we arrived, it quickly got quite busy. There was lots of choice, but my friend and I both plumped for the burgers. She had the gluten free banana burger, and I had the vegan option with cheese and pineapple. Service was very friendly and the food was great!
If you plan to visit, it's worth calling ahead to book. (There was a sign on the door from the previous night saying they had been fully booked then too).

Pros: Amazing burger, Friendly staff, Nice atmosphere

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Great Vegan Choices - Edit

Lovely place, will be making it a regular lunch stop when in Birmingham. Lots of choices with plenty vegan options (even puddings) and friendly, accomodating staff.

Pros: Plenty of vegan options, Tasty food, Friendly staff and atmosphere

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Five local place to eat - Edit

I love the warehouse cafe. The choices are excellent and all the staff are really friendly. The food is lovely and they always adapt their menu to the seasons. I love their battered haluomi it's the ultimate naughty treat. Their curries are great too. Even my husband who normally prefers eating meat when out loves going here!

Pros: Friendly staff, Great food, Good service

Cons: Access as it's upstairs, Sometimes things sell out

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Amazing! - Edit

i've been wanting to try this place for a few weeks now, and finally now i have been, and i was not disappointed one bit! will definitely be returning very soon :)

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Lovely vegan options - Edit

They make an effort to offer tasty vegan options and are able to answer any questions about ingredients or sourcing.
Vegan icevream would be nice especially for children.

Pros: Friendly

Cons: A tad expensive, No disabled access

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Food was nice but nothing special - Edit

I had the Mexican burger and it was good and the wedges were nice, but that was it really- not memorable or amazing. The pudding I had was orange chocolate brownie which was equally nice but not really better than average. So it is a nice place to eat, but don't expect to have incredible food! Atmosphere and service was really good though and staff are always friendly.

Pros: Nice food, Friendly staff, Atmosphere

Cons: Nothing special about food

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Simply Brilliant - Edit

Wonderful staff, wonderful food and right next door to a vegan store. Vegan heaven. PS even my steak eating father loves going to the warehouse.

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Favourite cafe in the midlands - Edit

I've been a few times in the past and it's been good each time. The burgers with chunky chips are great and I like that there's a good range of vegan options.
Although there's only a small selection of puddings they're all good - the choc brownie with fruit and ice cream was wonderful.
They don't serve beer but there's no problem taking your own.
It's a bit of a pain to find and the area (behind Moor St station) isn't the most salubrious but it doesn't seem to put people off - it was packed yesterday lunchtime.
The staff are really pleasant too, and service is quick.
I especially like that there's nothing hair-shirty about the place; they don't make a big deal about veganism, it's just a damned good cafe and reasonably priced.

Pros: Lovely food, good size portions, Good vegan options, Pleasant staff

Cons: A bit hard to find

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Tasty vegan food - Edit

This is the first time we have been since the change of ownership. The service was very friendly and there was plenty of vegan choice. If you ask for the Vegan option they replace cheese with vegan cheese which is great. We had the tagliatelle and the smokey bbq burger. Both were very tasty. For pudding we had chocolate brownie. Prices are reasonable. Easily walkable from the city centre so good place for lunch when on a shopping day. We will definitely be back.

Pros: Lots of vegan choices, Reasonable prices, Friendly staff

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Nice food - Edit

I recall going to this place with my partner about 1.5 years ago. Unfortunately I cannot remember what we ate, but were happy there were vegan options.

Pros: Vegan Options, Next to a Vegan Shop

Cons: Serves secretions

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The Place to go for Vegan Parties! - Edit

Catered my birthday party and did an amazing job, threw in balloons and cake and everything(made our cake to our description of the ideal bday cake). My meat-eating friends also seemed really impressed by food quality.

The prices on the food here are pretty good for what it is and the food itself is also great. My absolute fave was the Warehouse Curry, which they didnt have last time so I think they might have stopped doing unfortunately. Do burgers, falafel, desserts. The range is fairly healthy but doesn't force health food down your throat.

Portions are fairly small if compared to, say, cafe Soya but then isn't everything small compared to Cafe Soya? I've eaten three course meals with less food than their portions.

People have also complained Warehouse don't change their menu enough, but this can be a good thing. Consistency and all that...
Updated from previous review on Wednesday January 28, 2015

Pros: Doesn't serve meat, Bring your own bottle so cheaper, All purpose

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Lovely Family Lunch - Edit

We only called in for a cuppa...couldn't resist having more...tortillas and a vegan burger...all delicious and beautifully presented.
Updated from previous review on Saturday November 01, 2014

Pros: Next To Vegan Shop

Cons: Slightly Off The Beaten Track, Stairs

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Delicious lunch - Edit

Lunch at The Warehouse Cafe today was great. Plenty to choose from although not liking mushrooms limited my choice.
The staff were very welcoming and efficient.
Wonderful artwork for sale made this a great experience.
I have been visiting The Warehouse Cafe since it first opened more than 20 years ago. It has had good times and mediocre times but now it is splendid
and I am looking forward to trying out the Christmas menu.

Pros: Good food, Interesting building, Asparagus wallpaper!

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Warehousing Brummies - Edit

THE go-to veggie/vegan restaurant in Birmingham. Great food, and, despite its FOE partnership, non-hair shirty- you can actually just enjoy the food without feeling you're doing penance. Meat-eater friends who have been with me have always praised the food and the friendly, relaxed atmosphere, though I don't know how you'd get in there if you were in a wheelchair. The ring-the-bell-for-entry system in the evenings is a bit weird; makes me feel like I've joined the masons or something. And it would be great if they were licensed. But the pros far outweigh the cons. I just wish it was on the ground floor, more open and welcoming to passing trade (if there is such a thing in Allison Street), and sold beer.

Pros: Good, tasty food, Friendly atmosphere, Staff always friendly and helpful

Cons: Disability access? Maybe there is?, Location is Dickensian, No licence

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Nice vegan burger - Edit

Took a meat eating friend who was more than happy with the burger.
Prices seem more reasonable in here now.
Friendly staff.

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Great food and friendly, relaxed atmosphere - Edit

I have been to the Warehouse cafe x2 over the past month. Once in the evening and once at lunchtime. The menu at lunchtime was limited but the food was tasty and just the right size portions. The plum and ginger hot drink was so tasty.I found the staff helpful and attentive and were happy to make starter courses main meals and visa versa. The evening menu is more extensive and delicious. As the cafe is unlicensed you can take your own veggie beer or wine which I like. Great food and good service.

Pros: great tasty food, helpful and friendly staff, Can take your own alcohol

Cons: not sure is it has disability access, slightly away from Birmingham Centre

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top spot to eat - Edit

I like the Warehouse cafe though I don't tend to eat there loads. It's verging on a bit too pricey for me but i like to support them so I usually tend to just snack there. They have a nice variety of foods and good vegan selection. They are having a bit of refurb done so check before going.

Pros: in the city, have birminghams only vegan shop below, friendly staff

Cons: bit pricey

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cool place - Edit

I have been here a few times as a vegan in mixed omnivore-veg-vegan groups and always eaten well. Everyone has been very happy with their meal. Vegans have a choice of dishes but need to beware of some vegetarian dishes though everything is made clear on the menu.

Pros: good food, laid back

Cons: service can be slow, small so fills up quickly

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Best-Ever Burger!! (Original) - Edit

Hello, fellow veg*n diners! Please, do yourselves a big favour and go to the Warehouse Cafe, order their original vegan burger, with the side of coleslaw and mayo in the bun, (all included in the price) and sit back and enjoy! The best vegan burger I've had in nearly 25 years of looking! The cafe is a relaxed environment, the staff are lovely and friendly and the food is inexpensively-priced ... just wish they could have premises in every town/city!

Pros: Best-ever burger, Environmentally-friendly ethical concern, Gluten-free dishes/options

Cons: Access via steep staircase, Not 100% vegan

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Consistently Great Meals - Edit

The Warehouse Cafe is my go-to restaurant in Birmingham. The meals never disappoint, ingredients are fresh and local and seasonal. Vegan and Gluten-Free options are clearly marked on the menu. The atmosphere is clean, quiet, and cosy.

Pros: Good value, Yummy, Seasonal/Local

Cons: Doesn't serve alcohol.

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High quality dining - Edit

I do find some of the reviews on here a bit unfair. I have visited the Warehouse Cafe several times and have only once had a less that perfect experience when my sausages came a bit burnt. Every other time the food has been delicious and perfectly cooked though. I think one of the problems could be their name. 'Cafe' suggests somewhere serving the usual veggie burgers, soup, sandwiches, etc. The Warehouse does do this sort of thing, but also has a variety of main meals more suitable for an evening out and the price reflects this. I think it's better to treat it as a restaurant offering a higher quality of food. It isn't the cheapest place, but I genuinely feel it offers great value for money given the quality of cooking. They have a really creative range of dishes cooked using local ingredients where possible that offer something a bit out of the ordinary. And at the end of the day the prices are still lower than most equivalent omnivorous places. I also find the portion sizes fine and am always stuffed by the time I come to dessert. I think it's perhaps because they normally serve the dishes artfully arranged on massive plates, so it can look less than you're actually getting. It's beautifully flavoured, high quality food though so you don't need enormous portions anyway. Occasionally the desserts can be a bit odd, but I think that is because we often have the vegan version of non-vegan desserts and they sometimes seem to have gone a bit weird in translation. So I would recommend you get specifically vegan desserts rather than these veganified versions!

Pros: Beautiful cooking, Great atmosphere & friendly staff, Good value

Cons: Desserts occasionally a bit odd

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